Del Mar Taste & Art Stroll returns with a variety of popular and new events

By Kristina Houck

Although former Del Mar resident Roy Kerckhoffs became interested in photography when he got his first camera at 10 years old, he didn’t begin working as a part-time photographer until he moved to San Diego from the Netherlands.

Now a 40-year-old researcher at the University of California San Diego, Kerckhoffs also owns Eyeball Photography, where he creates high-contrast black and white photographs and selectively or fully hand colors the photos with transparent paint. For the fourth time, Kerckhoffs will be among the local and regional juried artists featured along Camino Del Mar during the annual Del Mar Taste & Art Stroll on Sunday, Oct. 6, in the village of Del Mar.

“I still have a connection with Del Mar, because it’s where I first moved when I first came to the U.S.,” said Kerckhoffs, who moved to Del Mar in 2003 and relocated to the city of San Diego two years later. “I was surprised to see the art festivals when I came to the U.S. We have street festivals in Holland, but nothing like these art festivals. It gives artists a nice opportunity to connect directly with the patrons. You can talk about your work and answer questions. It’s more personal.”

Organized by the Del Mar Village Association, the Taste & Art Stroll will feature dozens of artists, more than 25 Del Mar restaurants, several music acts and kid-friendly activities.

“We have a lot of artistic people here and we have a wonderful dining community here,” said Del Mar resident Karen Powell, a board member of the Del Mar Village Association, an organization of Del Mar residents, business owners and property owners dedicated to enhancing the vitality of the village while preserving the community’s history and character. “This is just a great place to come, hang out, eat, drink and have a good time. And this is just a way to bring that to everyone right in the local area and the surrounding communities.”

For the first time, Taste & Art Stroll will include a festival for dogs, where event-goers are invited to bring their four-legged friends to experience the K-9 corner, featuring dog treats, specialty pet products and services, pet adoptions from local shelters and organizations, and a “Puparazzi” photo booth.

“We’ve always had a pet stroll in conjunction with the Taste & Art Stroll because so many people bring their dogs and they really seem to enjoy it,” Powell said. “We thought maybe the Fido Festival would sort of pump up the event and add a new element to it. Del Mar is a very pet-friendly place, so I think this is an interesting little twist we added to let people know we love them and we love their dogs.”

The Taste & Art Stroll will also feature live musical entertainment throughout the day, including San Diego-based jazz guitarist Peter Sprague, who will perform with his band at the L’Auberge Amphitheater from 1 to 3:30 p.m.

“We’re a wonderful community,” Powell said. “We’re a small village, but we have a big heart. We love to have our visitors come and enjoy shopping, eating, drinking and the view. We just hope that people will come and enjoy, see what we have to offer and return again.”

The free Art Stroll will take place 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets to the Taste of Del Mar, which will take place 1 to 4 p.m., cost $25 in advance and $30 at the event.

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