“How to Taste” – What to Know for the Taste of North Park
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With over 40 food tastes and over 15 sips to hit at the Taste of North Park, you might need some guidance and tips on the best way to tackle the self-guided day ahead! On Saturday, October 13th, you will need to redeem your ticket and wristband to retrieve your stamp card for the Taste of North Park. Start the day heading to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, located on 3725 30th Street (a perfect middle ground location to start either North or South towards participants) or Carnitas Snack Shack, located on 2632 University Ave. (a truly tasty participant that you will be able to get to first, and head toward the busier areas afterwards). You can get your tickets starting at 9:30am, but the Taste of North Park begins at 11am and goes to 3pm.
To avoid the high foot traffic areas early on, start with Carnitas Snack Shack down University Ave. and head toward the North Park sign and hit restaurants like West Coast Tavern, Tamarindo, Holsem Coffee and Shank & Bone before the University & 30th cross street. Want to start down at the Upas St. end? Grab your tastes from Underbelly, Soi 30th, The Taco Stand, The Smoking Goat and One Door North to get your tour started and head south down 30th St.
Brand new to the Taste of North Park this year is Atypical Waffle, Barons Market, 619 Spirits Distilling & Tasting Room, Shank & Bone, Working Class, Bivouac Ciderworks, Burrology, Aburi Sushi, The Taco Stand. This is a great chance to try some of the new restaurants in North Park, and will give you motivation to try them on a night out!
Make sure to follow the guide, as there might be participants you miss off of the main road! A couple must-taste restaurants are Panchitas Kitchen & Bakery on 32nd St., Tribute Pizza on North Park Way at the old Post Office building and new participants Barons Market right on 32nd St. as well.
For the sips, you’ll be traveling to local businesses where the sips will be set up. Follow this list to know where your favorite craft beer and kombucha will be at the Taste of North Park:
- Mike Hess Brewing Company North Park @ OBR Architecture
- Boochcraft@ Pigment
- Eppig Brewing @ AKA
- Fruitcraft Fermintary & Distillery @ Love & Aesthetics
- North Park Beer Co. @ Keratin Shop
- Poor House Brewing @ Artelexia
- Thorn Street Brewing @ F45 Training
- Rip Current Brewing @ BoxFit
- Home Brewing Company@ Spectrum Chiropractic
- Second Chance Beer Company @ Simply Local
- Artifex Brewing @ North Park Optometry
- Juneshine @ Aloha Beach CLub
- 619 Vodka @ Presley & Co. Fine Jewelers
- Naked Juice @ Barons Market
- Karl Strauss Brewing @ Monarch Consignments
- Stone Brewing@ Union Cowork
- Living Tea Kombucha @ Pop On 30th
- Ballast Point @ The UPS Store
Over the years the Taste of North Park has grown to celebrate the art and music that is so vibrant in our community. Along the walk through the neighborhood, take a moment to enjoy the music of local musicians Nate Hess, Matthew Armstrong, Drew Smith, Bill Fleming, Jordan Vargas.
Live art will also be a component to the Taste of North Park, as local artists will be painting our community utility boxes. Artists include Gretchen Belcher, Jonathan Santoyo, Dadiva Garth, Astha Saini, and a live street painting will be made by Steffen Vala. All of this art and music is the perfect day time showing before Ray at Night happening from 6pm to 10pm on Saturday, October 13th. Stick around North Park for this monthly celebration of art and music in our neighborhood!
We want to give a special thank you to our sponsors for the Taste of North Park; San Diego County Credit Union, A7D Creative Group, Bird, Kim Hawley Group and Naked Juice. Without them this event wouldn’t be possible!