We’ve leased a 92,000 square foot property near the harbor and Petco Park and are transforming more than 2 acres of funky warehouses, cosmetically challenged office buildings and weed-filled open spaces into food halls and plazas. We’re filling a high-ceilinged former boiler factory with cheese making, salame curing, bread baking, chocolate tempering, coffee roasting artisans; vegetable growing, fruit picking, chicken raising farmers; street food from around the world and some of San Diego's coolest chefs turning out the hottest plates a sophisticated diner could desire.We’ll line the plazas two days a week with farmers’ day stalls overflowing with farm fresh fruits and vegetables, eggs, chicken and grass fed beef, spiny local sea urchins and line caught fish, and a riot of colorful fresh flowers along with local honey, pastries, sea salts and pastas. Stick around after the market for Farm Family Dinners.Other days we’ll fill those booths with aspiring local dressmakers and jewelry creators, candle makers and furniture crafters, surfboard shapers and pet portraitists. We’ll host craft beer tastings, clothes swaps, jewelry and koi and succulent shows.We’ll move tents out of the way to fill those same plazas with music festivals, movie nights and quinceañeras,chef’s tasting events and art exhibits, and the occasional Chaldean Festival, Chinese New Year’s parade, Filipino fiesta or charity fundraiser. You can get married here, or celebrate your grandma’s 100th birthday.We’re converting the old office spaces into a commercial kitchen, micro business incubator, and classrooms where kids and parents will learn to cook healthy dishes, chefs can expand their skills, and your special recipe can become your own small business with the help of experts and mentors and commercial cooking equipment. We’ll offer urban agriculture workshops and a farm lab where you’ll learn to plant, compost and harvest, and maybe even to appreciate worms.
Stone Brewing Co. Invitational Beer Festival at Cal State San Marcos, 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road, San Marcos. The brewery celebrates its sweet 16. More than 40 breweries will be handing out samples and all proceeds go to charity. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18. $40.
Turista Libre: Taco Tour: Eat your way through Tijuana's best taco stands, then wash them down with local craft beers. Meet at the San Ysidro Port of Entry and walk across the border. A bus will take you to and from the good times. At noon Saturday, Aug. 18. $45.
Gourmet Food Truck Festival at Bates Nuts Farm, 15954 Woods Valley Road,Valley Center. This food truck festival features grub from 15 trucks, including Asian Persuasion, Chubby's Burger and Thai 1 On. From 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18.
Urban Solace Anniversary Party, 3823 30th St. The North Park eatery celebrates five years of tasty meals with cocktails and nibbles. From 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19. $15 donation for Mama's Kitchen. 619-295-6464.
Cocktail Pop at Burlap, 12995 El Camino Real Suite 21, Del Mar. Snake Oil Cocktail Co. bartenders interpret the melodies, beats and lyrics from Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon in cocktails.From 8 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21. $60. 858-369-5700.