Lick the Plate: Taste of San Marcos is back featuring a restaurant scene

It was great timing I was alerted to the upcoming Taste of San Marcos occurring  Sept. 23  as I just had a very nice dining experience in The Bellows and Decoy, both in San Marcos. There’ll be more than 20 other San Marcos restaurants participating plus breweries and a kid’s craft area which will feature. Rick Rungaitis is the CEO of the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce which puts on the event so I thought he’d be the guy craft beer scenes and to get more information from on the event as well as the culinary. Here are some highlights from our conversation.  

Lick the Plate:

Is that a first time event? How did it come together?

Rick Rungaitis:

It’s been a couple of years since the San Marcos Chamber has hosted the Taste of San Marcos. With the brand new location and the hiatus this event will have the feel and the expression of a new event. Among the chamber’s roles is to offer community events such as San Marcos residents and many others who live in North County. We’ve hosted an Yearly Spring Street Fair in April and a Fall Street Fair coming up on Oct. 8. With the number of restaurants and craft breweries in San Marcos we believed there was a void by not hosting a Taste event.  

LTP:

Inform me in North City.

RR:

North City is the newest development in San Marcos. This “urban oasis” will be producing a downtown place for San Marcos with a mixed-use region of apartments, single-family houses, commercial offices and some of trendiest restaurants in North County.

LTP:

Can you provide a blend and give me an summary of the San Marcos restaurant spectacle in general, how the areas coexist with the new?  

RR:

There have been some newer restaurants like Decoy URGE Gastropub and The Bellows, which create a great compliment to Old California Restaurant Row’s popular offerings. It provides the opportunity to residents of San Marcos for a wide array of restaurant choices without needing to leave town.

LTP:

What is the part of the room in the event?  

RR:

The room is currently hosting The Taste of San Marcos with sponsors, many partners and volunteers. North City has been generous in providing the area for the event and URGE Gastropub has stepped up to offer you the beer garden place that is perfect. Sponsors include EDCO, Tri-City Medical Center and Newland Communities.

LTP:

How about activities for the children?

RR:

Charity Wings will be having a section that is crafts for children felt food and they’ll also be featuring unicorn sundaes. Interesting activities will be sprinkled throughout the event so people are encouraged to bring children or make it!  

LTP :

Your restaurant listing is extensive, who would you have engaging?

RR:

It’s a very comprehensive listing this year, so I will get right to it. Our restaurant participants comprise: Ara Lebanese Grill, Cay Bistro, Chronic Tacos, Cocina Del Charro, Curry Craft, Decoy Dockside, Dickey’s Barbeque Pit, Everbowl, Halcyon Craft Bar & Coffee House, It’s Tabu Sushi Bar & Grill, Jersey Mike’s Subs, Landon’s Gourmet Kitchen, Nekter Juice Bar, Old California Coffee House and Eatery, Panda Express, Pick Up Stix, Pizza Nova, Rossi’s Pizza, San Marcos Brewery & Grill, Slater’s 50/50, Stella Public House and URGE Gastropub & Common House.    

LTP:

You also have some place breweries sampling their craft. Who can we expect to have their pouring samples?

RR:

Yes, San Marcos is home to some great craft breweries and we have a couple of them participating. The Hop Concept, Lost Abbey, Mason Ale Works, Newtopia Cyder, Rip Current Brewing, Stumblefoot Brewing Co. and Port Brewing will all be available.  

LTP:

How can people get tickets?

RR:

Advance tickets may be bought at www.sanmarcoschamber.com or call   -LRB-760-RRB- 744-1270. Advance tickets are day of event and $ 30 for food plus infinite craft beer samples in advance and $ 35 day of event or $ 20 for just food tasting. To learn more on the event location go to www.northcity.com.  

Lick the Plate can now be observed on KPRi, 102.1 FM Monday — Friday through at 4:10 and 7:10 p.m.  David Boylan is founder of Artichoke Creative and Artichoke Apparel, an Encinitas based advertising firm and clothes line. Reach him at david@artichoke-creative.com or even   -LRB-858-RRB- 395-6905.

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