By Claire Harlin
One of Del Mar’s most popular events of the year is almost here.
The Del Mar Village Association (DMVA) on Oct. 7 will hold its annual Taste & Art Stroll, a free event for those only wishing to view the art, and a ticketed event for those wanting to taste samples from 29 local restaurants. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 on the day of the event.
Camino Del Mar will be closed down from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. to let event-goers stroll the Village, a practice that’s been in effect for the past six years to accommodate the growth of the event. (The tasting portion of the event runs from 1-4 p.m.) DMVA Executive Director Jen Grove said the event started out small and has grown to bring out between 4,000 and 7,000 attendees (unticketed guests are hard to quantify). There is room for about 700 in the restaurant stroll, and that portion of the event is capped to ease pressure on the local restaurants.
This year’s event will feature 75 to 100 artists, more than any other previous year, as well as several music acts. For the first time, the event will include a large stage set up on the south end of Camino Del Mar featuring local jazz artist Peter Sprague.
“We’ve never had a big stage like this,” said Grove. “We did it to energize the south end of town and make sure people go all the way down to 11th Street.”
New restaurants featured this year include the Oceanview Bar & Grill at Hotel Indigo, Sip at Flavor del Mar and the Brigantine, which has not participated in several years but will this year. PrepKitchen is also up and running and will be serving up samples. The other 25 restaurants involved have been loyal participants for years.
“It’s a great way for them to showcase what their restaurant has to offer,” Grove said.
Canine guests will also get the special treatment. Each dog will get a free bandanda, and there will “doggie tastes” set up at SmashBurger, Frustrated Cowboy, Willis Allen, Julie Beachwear, Dexter’s Deli and Cafe Secret.
For more information or to buy tickets, visit taste.delmarmainstreet.com.