Fabulous Foodie Fest in Encinitas
by Susan Montgomery
Saturday’s Foodie Fest Encinitas was a great success, at least if my family’s reaction is any indication. Todd and I, along with our son who was visiting from Memphis, really enjoyed the afternoon of sampling innovative cuisine, sipping superb beverages, and reveling in the vibe of some great music. We loved experiencing the scene with fun-loving food and wine writing colleagues, Robin Dohrn-Simpson and her husband, Marc (who is a great chef in his own right).
Much of the appeal of Foodie Fest was its location in Encinitas with its small town ambiance and beautiful coastal beaches. We liked the manageable size of the event, held in the Lumberyard shopping center.
The Fest, which featured sustainable locally sourced food from more than 30 area restaurants and food vendors, supported the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and was produced by Wabisabi Green. What more can you ask for? It was a gorgeous sunny Southern California afternoon of gourmet eating and delectable drinking while supporting such a worthy cause.
A highlight of the Fest was the “Barefoot Bar” (although I kept my shoes on) with its tempting selection of craft beers (plus mead), wine and spirits.
As we savored the food and drink offerings, we also enjoyed watching some creative chefs who demonstrated how to prepare farm-to-table dishes on three different stages. And six premiere chefs competed in the "Best of the Fest" chefs' competition.
The following photo essay captures the festive spirit of this wonderful event:
Local Tap House & Kitchen (LTH) served some of the best deviled eggs we've ever tasted.
LTH enjoyed serving the deviled eggs as much as we enjoyed eating them.
Tasty salmon on crackers from Barrel Republic Oceanside.
Delicioius Brussels sprouts and pork belly from Green Dragon Tavern.
Yummy sausage bruschetta from Flying Pig Pub & Kitchen.
Angel's Salumi & Truffles.
Angel's Salumi & Truffles offered a tantlizing variety of salamis.
We tasted 5 different varieties of topnotch tequilas from Bad Stuff Tequila.
We enjoyed refreshing and delicious mead for the first time from Golden Coast Mead.
Golden Coast Mead offered a variety of unique flavors.
Sporting a flashy look, this woman was having a great time at Foodie Fest Encinitas.
An artist creates a striking painting right in the middle of the festival.
People watching was fun at Foodie Fest. This beautiful woman was colorful and obviously had a great time.
Sadie Rose breads were fresh and delicious.
Meritage Wine Market offered a variety of superb wines.
Everyone was smiling at Foodie Fest Encinitas.
Tasting Room Del Mar was one of more than 30 restaurants represented at Foodie Fest Encinitas.
How could you not have fun eating, drinking and relaxing with friends on a gorgeous day in Encinitas?
The judges at the "Best of the Fest" Chef Competition took their jobs seriously.
While all the chefs were superb, someone had to win—and it was Gregory Kroll from Green Dragon Tavern & Museum.
Live Music, provided by five different groups, kept the vibe rocking.
Robin and Marc loved the music and just couldn't sit still.
Marc was a happy man at Foodie Fest Encinitas.
Jolee Pink, organizer of Foodie Fest Encinitas, from Wabisabi Green. She did a great job with this wonderful event. Congratulations, Jolee! We'll be back next year!
Photos taken by Todd Montgomery.