A Dozen Things to Do in San Diego in April
April is shaping up to be a pretty rad month for food events like doggie dinner cruises, beer-fueled spin classes, a lavish charity chef gala and a massive tasting at Liberty Station, not to mention Winery tours, a vegan farm to table dinner, and a lecture on the history of San Diego wines. Here are a dozen things to do this month.
Taste of Liberty Station
Wednesday, April 18, 5 - 9pm
The second annual Taste of Liberty Station will feature everything that Liberty Station has to offer in one evening—music, art, culture, drinks and of course—food. Attendees can stroll through Liberty Station sampling bites from the eateries, enjoy live music and artisan goods in the storied corridors and promenades; view artwork from the local galleries; and sip sparkling wines in the Bubbly Garden. Two ticket options are available: The “Liberty Pass,” will grant access to all food tastings at the event, and guests 21 and over will also have the option to experience the Bubbly Garden tastings of sparkling wine in the Central Promenade. The live entertainment and art exhibits in the corridors and plaza will be open to the public at no cost. Onsite childcare is available at Kid Ventures for an additional fee.
Liberty Station, 2640 Historic Decatur Road
Liberty Pass $30 pre-purchase, $40 at the door; Bubbly Pass $15 pre-purchase, $20 at the door; Art and Music, free
Purchase tickets: tasteoflibertystation.com
Pairings with a Purpose
Saturday, April 14, 12-4pm (11 AM VIP Entrance)
Taste the creations of some of San Diego’s most notable chefs paired with local sips from San Diego breweries and wineries at the largest culinary charity event of the year. Enjoy games, music, and bidding on one-of-a-kind items in a silent auction at this 21+ event in beautiful Encinitas. You can indulge with abandon knowing that 100% of event proceeds go to support Feeding San Diego's comprehensive hunger-relief programs. It might be the most lavish way to give back, while tasting the best of the San Diego food and beverage scene. General Admission tickets include unlimited food and drink pairings, a commemorative event tasting glass, entrance to the silent auction and interactive outdoor games. VIP tickets include one hour early event entrance, with exclusive access to featured chefs and VIP parking.
Bobby Riggs Tennis Club & Museum, 875 Santa Fe Dr , Encinitas
VIP Tickets, $150, General Admission Tickets, $75
Buy tickets and see the entire chef and brewery lineup: give.feedingsandiego.org
Meet the Winemaker Weekend in Ramona
Saturday and Sunday, April 7 and 8
Get a behind the scenes look into the wineries of the Ramona Valley Wine Region. Meet the people, and taste the wine of the fastest growing wine region in the country. Over two days, participants will learn about local wine making styles, grapes of the region, tour vineyards, and take part in plenty of tastings. Tickets to the event, which can be purchased for Saturday, Sunday, or both, provide access to 10 VIP tastings with the winemakers at Mahogany Mountain Vineyard and Winery, Principe di Tricase Winery, Woof'n Rose Winery, Highland Hills Winery, Correcaminos Vineyard, Hatfield Creek Vineyards & Winery, Ramona Ranch Winery, Poppaea Vineyard, Vineyard Grant James, Turtle Rock Ridge Vineyard Winery, and Hellanback Ranch Vineyards and Winery (charge of $6 per person for each tasting); boxed lunches for Saturday and Sunday provided by Something Delicious catering; 1 drink ticket at Reds, Whites and Brews “Mingle with the Winemaker” event; Continental breakfast at Ramona Family Naturals; and access to lodging discounts at local hotels.
Saturday or Sunday $30, Saturday and Sunday $50
Purchase tickets and see the weekend itinerary: ramonavalleyvineyards.com
18th Annual Pet Day on the Bay Cruise
Saturday, April 28, boardings at 9am, 10:45am, 12:30pm, and 2:15pm
For 17 years, Hornblower has offered this popular, pup-friendly Pet Day on San Diego Bay cruise for dogs and their owners. People board for just $27 per ticket, and guests are also encouraged to contribute a gently used blanket or towel that will warm needy animals at Helen Woodward Animal Center. The ticketed event includes a one-hour narrated cruise with information about more than 50 San Diego landmarks,military ships, and marine animals and seabirds; comfortable indoor and outdoor areas on the boat; Snack bar with adult beverages, soft drinks, and hot and cold snacks; souvenirs and photos available for purchase; meet dog training expert Darris Cooper and Petco certified dog trainers and stylists, and your pup can enjoy a treat buffet- sponsored by Petco. A portion of the proceeds to to support the efforts of the Helen Woodward Animal Center.
Pier 1 Hornblower Landing, 1800 North Harbor Drive, San Diego
Tickets are $27 per adult, one dog per adult will cruise free
Book your departure and learn more: hornblower.com
The Surprising History of Wine in San Diego County
April 21, 10:30am-12:30pm
Culinary Historians of San Diego will present “The Surprising History of Wine in San Diego County,” featuring Richard L. Carrico. Richard is an award winning writer, educator, archaeologist and wine maker. He is a lecturer in the Department of American Indian Studies at San Diego State University, and a well-respected scholar and researcher who has made significant contributions to our understanding of the local Native American and Hispanic cultures. Richard is the author of five books, including “Of Wine on the Lees Well Refined: A History of the Wineries of San Diego County.” He earned bachelor degrees in History and Anthropology from San Diego State, and has a Master’s Degree in History from the University of San Diego. He has also studied wine making at UC Davis.Carrico will enlighten the audience with a visual trip through wine’s long county history as he weaves an enlightening tale of vineyards, grape stomping, murders, Prohibition, and the near death and recovery of the county’s wine industry. A tasting and book signing will follow the presentation.
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Boulevard, San Diego
The event is free and open to the public
Pair Your Spin Class with Craft Beer
Saturday, April 14th, 11am-12pm
Popping up on Saturday, April 14 then taking place the second and fourth Saturdays of every month at 11 a.m., this spin class is being presented by San Diego fitness startup Spin & Go and Second Chance Beer Company who have joined together to offer fun workouts at the brewery alongside craft beer tastings. Spin & Go is a local and family owned fitness program that puts a twist on traditional spin classes by offering pop-up spin classes in outdoor locations such as Liberty Station and Coronado Island to combine group workouts with immersion in nature. Participants book online, then arrive to the pop-up location ready to exercise. For this particular pop-up, a $25 pre-purchased ticket ensures you a spot in a 45-minute Spin & Go class plus an 8-ounce craft beer or two 4-ounce tasters.
Second Chance Brewery, 6380 Del Cerro Blvd, San Diego
To participate in Seize. Spin. Sip., purchase a $25 ticket online for either the advanced level spin class (every fourth Saturday of the month) or an introductory spin class (every second Saturday of the month)
Sunshine Gardens Collective Spring Celebration
Saturday and Sunday, April 7th & 8th, 11am-4pm
This weekend of free community events will include spring planting workshops, a hummingbird rescue, live music by Earl Vincent Flores and the Romantic West, and both performances and uke lessons from Peter Hix Coolhandukes. Betty's Pie Whole will be selling sweet and savory pies and homemade ice cream, Twigs by Teri will be offering chair massages available, Cocoon by Suzanne Balestri will display her new wall vase designs of fused glass, and North County Olive will be releasing their "cowgirl and the olive" Ascolano from the new harvest. Mary Plattis, Author of Olive Oil 101 will be signing books on Saturday the 7th, and Garden of Eden Organics will be hosting a display of their CSA box, from which they will be making organic salads for attendees. The hosting Sunshine Gardens will have succulents for sale and will be offering free planting ideas and advice.
Sunshine Gardens Nursery ,155 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas
Register for free tickets online
Learn How to Grow Organic Seed in California
Saturday, April 7th, 9am-5pm
Organic Seed Alliance’s (OSA) Southern California Seed Hub, San Diego Seed Company, and Bancroft Center for Sustainability are hosting an organic seed training in Spring Valley to train specialty crop producers in how to incorporate seed production into their diversified farm plan. Steve Peters of OSA and Brijette Pena of the San Diego Seed Company will provide hands-on instruction to help farmers grow organic seed for the commercial market. This training will help participants understand seed production biology; on-farm breeding; seed harvesting and cleaning; and how to conduct variety trials and choose seed crops for a specific system and climate. Participants will also learn about the economics of seed production and how to identify markets.The training is intended for farmers, researchers, and agricultural students. Prior experience in seed growing is recommended. Participants are encouraged to review OSA’s publications and tutorials before the course.
Bancroft Center for Sustainability, 3845 Spring Drive, Spring Valley
Registration for the training is $35 and includes lunch.
Tickets must be pre-purchsed online
The Lodge Artisan Dinner with Chef Kara Snyder of Tender Greens
Thursday, April 12, 7pm-9:30pm
The focus of the Artisan Table dinner series at The Lodge at Torrey Pines is on sharing a communal meal of seasonal bounty each month. The dinner features a guest chef who explores a culinary theme and crafts a unique dinner menu with wine pairings with A.R. Valentien Executive Chef Jeff Jackson and his team. For this dinner with Kara Snyder, the menu will feature the likes of Heirloom Carrot and Citrus Salad with Arugula, Burrata, Green Garlic Flan with Grilled Baby Leeks, Spring Vegetable Ragu, Spring Leg of Lamb Roasted on Green Egg, Bloomsdale Spinach, Bagna Cauda, and Truffle Butter Smashed Potatoes (the entire menu and pairings is available online).
The Lodge At Torrey Pines, A.R. Valentien, 11480 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla
$165 per person (all inclusive)
Reserve a seat: events.lodgetorreypines.com
Gluten-Free Italian Cooking Class at Bastyr
Wednesday, April 18, 6:-7:30pm
There's so much more to Italian food than pasta, and in this healthy cooking class you will learn the secrets of using healthy techniques and seasonal ingredients to create a balanced, Italian-inspired meal. In this class you will make: Mini Caprese Bites with Bitter Greens, Soft Polenta with Homemade Tomato Sauce, and Hearty Herbed Meatballs. All recipes will include a vegan or gluten-free variation when requested in advance. All ingredients and materials are included in the class fees. Attendees will receive generous samples and printed recipes to take home. Class size limited to 20 people.
Bastyr University Clinic, 4110 Sorrento Valley Boulevard, San Diego
General Admission tickets are $40 and Discounted pricing is available for students, seniors, military and their families, as well as Bastyr Clinic patients.
BIGA and Catalina Offshore Products Sea to Fire Seasonal Dinner
Wednesday, April 25, 6:30-9:30pm
Come join Tommy Gomes from Catalina Offshore Products for an unforgettable night at Biga to celebrate our amazingly dedicated local fishermen and their families with an exquisite four-course meal. BIGA's Chef de Cuisine, Chris Osborne, will choose the freshest catch of the season from Catalina Offshore's impressive catalog of sustainable seafood, caught right in our own San Diego waters, and will accompany each dish with carefully crafted organic fruits and vegetables from local farms. The signature preparation at BIGA includes our unique woodfired ovens, fueled by local, organic firewood, providing an extra layer of explosive flavor. This new "Sea to Fire" dinner series happens seasonally and kicks off on Wednesday, April 25. During this special first dinner, our guest fisherman will be Captain Scott Hawkins of F/V Jody H. Scott is a third-generation pole caught albacore fisherman, training his teenage boys to be the fourth-generation. Scott is also one of the original co-founders of American Tuna. The menu will include: Amuse Bouche of cured hiramasa, black sesame purée, ginger gelee, pickled serranos, cilantro. First Course: Local spot prawn, tajin, compressed melon, coriander, fingerlime. Second Course: Coal-roasted banana and cucumber broth with local Thai chilies, clams, poached celery, hoisin, Viet greens. Third Course: Opah belly smoked over aromatics, candied grapefruit, warm bloomsdale salad, pickled red onion, buttermilk green olive emulsion. Fourth Course: Warm local strawberries, effervescent cream, yuzu, candied potato.
Biga San Diego, 950 6th Ave, San Diego, California 92101
Tickets are $100 per person or $115 per person with wine pairing.
Order tickets online: https://bigacatalina1.brownpapertickets.com/
Garden Kitchen Vegan Wine Dinner
Sunday, April 22, 5-8pm
Celebrate Earth Day at Garden Kitchen with a 100% Vegan, six-course, six-wine dinner featuring produce from Moody's Farm in Escondido and wine from Jack Simon Vineyards in Valley Center. The cost is $100, which includes all courses, wine pairings, tax and tip. Reservations are required.
Garden Kitchen, 4204 Rolando Blvd, San Diego
The cost is $100 all-inclusive.