Late winter and early spring in San Diego might be a bit unpredictable, bringing rain, fog, or sunshine.
But you can count on this city for fabulous food and drink during this time of year.
California’s Southerner patiently waits the arrival of the summer season with lively festivals and events beginning in late winter and transitioning into the spring.
For those boarding flights to San Diego this spring, consider scheduling your travel days around these flavorful and refreshing events.
Taste of San Diego Craft Brews 2012: San Diego’s craft brew reputation has earned the city the accolade of producing “history making” beers. The Taste of San Diego Craft Brews 2012 celebrates the city’s craft breweries and their tasty concoctions. On February 18th, beer drinkers can sample some of the best the city has to offer, brews that have taken home an award or two. The event honors San Diego’s local breweries that have been monumental in the national craft brewing industry.
Mardi Gras: New Orleans isn’t the only city in the US that knows how to celebrate Mardi Gras. On February 21, 2012, San Diego will host its own Mardi Gras celebration in the city’s Gaslamp Quarter. The area turns into a block party for the event, filling with music, food, drink and plenty of beads. San Diego’s Mardi Gras goes from 6PM to 12AM.
The Fallbrook Avocado Festival: If avocadoes are to you what chocolate is to me, then you will love the Fallbrook Avocado Festival. Located in San Diego’s north county, the festival celebrates the central role of avocadoes to the area. Fallbrook is right at the center of the U.S. avocado industry and where you can find the majority of avocado groves. Thousands come for the craft and food booths, all with an avocado theme, along with the beer gardens, live entertainment and wacky cooking contests. If you don’t like guacamole, stay home. This year’s ode to the avocado takes place on April 15th.
Wine and Dine Prohibition: If you are looking for a swanky food and wine affair while in San Diego, up the ante by attending the Wine and Dine Prohibition event at the Westin Gaslamp Quarter. The event takes attendees back to the 1920s, when speakeasy was part of the daily vocabulary of those looking for booze. Complete with a silent auction and handcrafted prohibition era cocktails, the event benefits Elder Help. Wine and Dine is set to take place on April 21st.
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