Imagine taking a stroll down the streets of Hillcrest indulging in top-notch cuisine and refreshment. For the past 11 years, the neighborhood has made this a reality by hosting the Taste of Hillcrest, a one-day event when more than 40 local restaurants serve samples of their tastiest fares.
Taste of Hillcrest’s website boasts options from the neighborhood’s leading restaurants, including Aladdin, Babycakes, Baja Betty’s, Eden San Diego, Edible Arrangements, Fig Tree Café, Freebirds World Burrito, Gossip Grill, Pizzeria Arrivederci, Pinkberry, Pink Noodle and The Wine Lover. Keep in mind, this is merely a sample of what will be available at the event.
Next Saturday, visitors can walk the streets of Hillcrest while indulging in fresh seafood, sushi and pasta, as well as favorites from the American to Asian coasts. Sweet lovers will also find satisfaction in a selection of desserts, coffees and drinks.
In the past, visitors have sampled items such as thin-crust pizza slices, mini glasses of wine, carnitas tacos, margaritas, chicken satay skewers, California rolls, mini-sized frozen yogurt, dumplings and cookies.
Some past participants have even been known to lessen calorie intake before the big day to avoid feeling full too early on.
Though it may sound like a walk in the park, there is a craft to tasting. For starters, eco-conscious attendees may want to use the same utensils while sampling different restaurants to decrease waste. Also, water is a must. Visitors should remember to hydrate, and, most importantly, pace themselves so every sample can be savored.
Taste of Hillcrest is meant to offer exposure for local restaurants, as well as benefit the Hillcrest Business Association. The event costs $30 in advance and $35 on the day of the event. However, in the past eight years the event has sold out in advance, so it’s recommended to buy tickets early.
Taste of Hillcrest will take place from noon to 4 p.m. on Fifth and Robinson Avenues.
As the event’s promotion website states, “Slip on your walking shoes, gather some friends and get ready for some of the finest treats the Hillcrest area has to offer. Your taste buds will thank you later.”
Visit fabuloushillcrest.com for more information.