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Charlie Anderson Brings Blue Collar Gourmet to South O

Charlie Anderson grew up, raised his family and built a trio of successful restaurants in South Oceanside: The Privateer Coal Fire Pizza, The Privateer Marketplace & Wine Bar and The Buccaneer Cafe. Learn more about restaurateur Charlie, his passion for fresh gourmet fare and how he captures the local flare in our one-on-one interview.

Charlie Anderson Brings Blue Collar Gourmet to South O - YouTube
What is your connection to the Oceanside community and why are you called the Mayor of South O?

I grew up in South O and haven’t left. The Privateer location used to be a 7-Eleven and when I was a kid, we would skate the curbs and steal candy bars (don’t tell anyone). My son Sage, who is my partner helping manage the restaurant, had the same 3rd grade teacher as me at Palmquist where we get our veggies for the restaurant now! The mayor comment came from Chef Davin during an interview that we did together for San Diego Magazine. I think he intended that I’m good at rallying the community to work together for the betterment of South O. It’s truly a community effort that makes us special and unique.

Why did you decide to open The Privateer Coal Fire Pizza and then The Privateer Marketplace & Wine Bar?

It was a childhood dream of mine and my best friend Jamey Stone to open a restaurant in our neighborhood. We were inspired by the original coal fire pizza restaurant in the US, Lombardi’s in NYC, and locally by the Flying Pig who were the first to do something original and different in O’side. We realized no one was really using 100% coal fire so we decided it was what our community needed at the time and now we have the largest 100% coal fire oven in North County. The Marketplace came about when the space next door opened up and we had a unique opportunity to have an adjoining restaurant. There really wasn’t anyone doing a wine bar in Oceanside then with desserts and sandwiches so again, timing just made sense. 

Chef Shannon Sager Cooking Pizza in a Coal Fire Oven
How is your family involved and how do you like working together?

When we say we are family run we mean it. Both my sons, wife, niece, nephew and sister in-law work with me. Plus we’ve hired people that have become family to us. The dedication and hard work that our family puts in inspires me everyday to do the best we can. I love working with them and they take a true ownership/pride in the business!

What makes the food and experience at The Privateer Coal Fire Pizza and The Privateer Marketplace & Wine Bar special?

We source as much as we can locally and everything is made from scratch with love! That truly makes the difference in what we put on our customers’ plates. 

Chef Samantha Parker Making Gnocchi Pasta
Gnocchi Pasta Made from Scratch
What’s your secret to keep customers coming in?

I think we provide an experience that people can relate to and truly enjoy. We always have unique food specials using ingredients from local farms. I like to say we’re blue-collar gourmet, people appreciate that because we are a hard working community.

Tell me about your farm-to-table program and the local purveyors that you use.

We are so fortunate to have four farms up the street (Palmquist Elementary, Lincoln Middle School, South O Elementary and Cyclops) that produce about 60% of our organic veggies. Our community is growing our food, how can it get better than that? We also support top local purveyors on the Marketplace side like Petite Madeline, Faye’s Desserts, Snopples for vegan options, Jitters, DaniGirl Cake Pops and Gaia Gelato. There are so many great people that contribute to our success. 

Privateer Goat Cheese Gnocchi with White Wine Tomato Sauce, Ricotta and Basil
The Privateer Coal Fire Pizza Taquitos
What are your top three recommendations for someone new to The Privateer Coal Fire Pizza and The Privateer Marketplace & Wine Bar?

Don’t just try our pizza (which we are known for), expand your mind and try everything on the menu. You will be amazed at what we put out and how good everything truly is. Also come to our weekly events like Comedy Tuesdays, Wine Wednesdays & Jams (with local musician Shane Hall), Classic Cars & Hot Rods Night and Painting & Vino on Saturdays. Lastly, check out our retail wine selection on the Marketplace side. Our sommelier, Susan Porter, is the best at what she does and you’ll be blown away by our selection!

Chef Shannon Sager Cooked a Fennel Sausage Pie
Sommelier Susan Porter and Owner Charlie Anderson
What do you recommend for someone who wants to try something a little different?

Try our Spicy Cauliflower or Brussels Pie. Both are to die for!

How do you choose your craft beers and wines?

I hire people that are truly passionate about what they do. My good friend and bar manager Eric Klier (who has been with us since the beginning) puts our beer selection together and Susan Porter chooses our wines.

Why did you hire chef Samantha Parker and how would you like to see her enhance your menu(s)?

I had an epiphany about a year ago and wanted to see a woman in our kitchen. It’s rare to see a woman running a kitchen, which seems weird to me. Chef Samantha has been everything I was hoping for and more! She has a unique vision and is stepping up our menu by bringing a collaborative kitchen together. Everyone contributes to our menu which gives everyone ownership of our food. I couldn’t be happier with what she is doing to evolve our food game here at The Privateer!

Chef Samantha Parker Cooking White Wine Tomato Sauce
Chef Samantha Preparing the Goat Cheese Gnocchi with White Wine Tomato Sauce, Ricotta and Basil
What community projects are you working on right now?

I believe in getting involved with our community so I serve on the board for Visit Oceanside, Oceanside Chamber of Commerce and Oceanside Unified School District. We are starting the South Oceanside Business District with help from MainStreet Oceanside. I’m also working with locals to create an Oceanside Boardriders Club that will focus on mentoring our youth, building our surf community and bringing attention to the talent in our city. I’m so fortunate to work with such an amazing group of people that care about the future of our city. We have many great things happening in our city right now and our goal is to keep it authentic and true to who we are (not an easy task with the growth and money coming to our city).

What’s your next venture and/or future plans for The Privateer Coal Fire Pizza and The Privateer Marketplace & Wine Bar?

I’m excited that we will be launching a unique breakfast program this summer in the Marketplace. We will continue to use top local purveyors serving gourmet donuts, acai bowls, pastries, quiches, toasts and an elevated coffee experience. Stay tuned!

What’s exciting about the Oceanside dining scene right now?

I see a food and libation revolution happening here in Oceanside. We are so unique in that the independent restaurants are all very collaborative and supportive of each other. We get the freshest veggies from our local farms and challenge each other to make the most unique dishes. We don’t represent our individual brands as much as we represent Oceanside as a collective whole. Our goal is to grow the pie and not just go after the same slice (no pun intended). We’ve stepped up the game in Oceanside and other cities are recognizing us as the place to eat, drink and socialize! I’m very proud and humbled by that.

The Privateer Coal Fire Pizza Waitress
Is there anything that you’d like to add?

I’d like to say thank you to our community of chefs, owners, residents, tourists and family for all the love and support you give. We wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for the amazing community that makes up our fine city of Oceanside. Keep kicking butt!

About the Author

Jolee Pink is an Oceanside-based writer, designer and artist. She runs the popular Eat Drink SD Facebook group and her Wabisabi Green lifestyle blog focuses on art, design, food and travel. For more information, please visit wabisabigreen.com.

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San Diego County Summer Birding

First, a little bragging! The 2018 City Nature Challenge, a worldwide competition to see which area can make the most observations of their local flora and fauna, took place over a 4-day period in late April. Spearheaded locally by the San Diego Natural History Museum, birders came out in force to document our avian diversity. San Diego County came in first for birds, photographing and identifying 264 species! Second place fell to Houston (241 species), with Dallas-Fort Worth coming in third (196 species). And you, kind visitor, can enjoy this extreme diversity for yourself!

Least Tern With Chick – PC: C. Mayne

June to mid-September encompasses the Summer months in San Diego County. During this time birds begin to quiet down and lay low, busy feeding their new families and guarding against predators. From June through mid-July, if you want a special treat, visit one of the breeding grounds of the California Least Tern—an endangered subspecies of Least Tern (Sterna antillarum browni). San Diego County supports 60% of the breeding population of this subspecies at 12 sites including the western end of Batiquitos Lagoon, just south of Oceanside in Carlsbad. This local colony is most easily seen from South Ponto Beach along the Pacific Coast Highway. Park along the southbound side of the highway (if you can find a spot) and point your optics east across the highway toward the fenced-off sand flats. The nearly constant, high-pitched chatter of the Least Terns confirms you’ve found the spot!

Rose-Breasted Grosbeak
Lawrence`s Goldfinch

As Summer progresses the post-breeding dispersal and migration of shorebirds in late June, and the Fall passerine migration in August, can result in odd species showing up just about anywhere. For example, in early May a male Rose-breasted Grosbeak was reported near the trailhead at La Orilla Trail in Encinitas; in late May, one appeared in a yard in Encinitas as well. Also in late May, two pairs of stunning but notoriously nomadic Lawrence’s Goldfinches appeared in Oceanside’s Whelan Lake area. To stay up to date with all of the latest sightings in the area join San Diego Region Birding (operated by the San Diego Field Ornithologists), and if you have an individual species or two that you’re interested in finding don’t forget about the “explore data” tab on eBird. Good birding!

About the Author

After birding for a quarter-century in Colorado, Tina and her family recently moved to Oceanside, where she’ll probably spend the next quarter-century trying to remember that the mountains now lie to the east. Tina is a guest blog contributor that will be sharing her insights and discoveries as she explores Southern California with her binoculars, scope, and field guide.

To learn more about regional birding opportunities, contact the Buena Vista Audubon Society and Nature Center

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Summer Concerts in Oceanside

There’s not much we love more than summer, and what better way to celebrate summertime than with a concert in Oceanside? O’side concerts are plentiful during this time of year and serve as the perfect excuse to get out and enjoy yourself down in beautiful Southern California! Whether you fancy classic rock, smooth jazz, pop, blues, country or anything in-between you’re sure to find the perfect act to experience with friends and family! So come on down and join us for music, food, lovely scenery, and a good time!

FREE Concerts in the Park

What: The FREE Concerts in the Park series takes place throughout Oceanside from June into September, featuring different musical acts performing various genres so that everyone gets to enjoy their favorite types of music! We recommend bringing a beach chair or a blanket, sitting back and enjoying the show with friends and family.

When: The following is the entertainment schedule:

Where: The three park locations are as follows:

Pier Amphitheater Concerts
FM 94.9 Indie Jam

What: FM 94.9 will once again be hosting their annual Indie Jam alongside the beach at the Junior Seau Oceanside Pier Amphitheatre. This fun event brings people from all around San Diego County to experience great music just feet away from the beach sand. This year the lineup includes Dirty Heads, Bishop Briggs, lovelytheband, Superorganism, and Two Feet. Tickets are available now, $30 for general admission or $55 for VIP admission. Tickets can be purchased at Indie Jam 2018.

When: Saturday, September 8th starting at 4pm

Where: Junior Seau Oceanside Pier Amphitheatre, The Strand N, Oceanside, CA 92054

More: Indie Jam 2018

Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro Festival Village

What: The largest and only televised women’s surf contest in the world, Supergirl Pro is a weekend long surfing competition complete with its very own Festival Village stationed in and around the Pier Amphitheatre. Featuring vendors, family-friendly activities and live concerts all weekend long, Festival Village is free to attend. The live entertainment will include performances by 20 top musical artists such as Aaron Carter, Elise Trouw, Chord Overstreet, Skylar Stecker, EVA, Joel Adams and more. For the full concert lineup visit Supergirl Pro Concert Performers.

When: Supergirl Pro takes places Friday – Sunday, July 27th – 29th. Festival Village is open 10am-6pm Friday, 9am-6pm Saturday and 9am-5pm Sunday. For the Festival Village schedule visit Supergirl Pro Festival Schedule.

Where: Junior Seau Oceanside Pier Amphitheatre, The Strand N, Oceanside, CA 92054

More InfoSupergirl Pro Festival Village

Summer Jam Sessions
Jazz Concerts

What: As part of the City of Oceanside’s Sunday Night Jazz Series, come listen and dance to live jazz as performed by talented artists while enjoying free wine, beer and complimentary hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $20.

When:

Where: El Corazon Senior Center, 3302 Senior Center Drive Oceanside

More Info: For more information and to buy your tickets visit Oceanside Jazz Concerts

Music at the Museum

What: Come to the Oceanside Museum of Art during the First Friday: Oceanside Art Walk and enjoy FREE live music by local bands as they fill OMA with the sounds of live blues-driven americana and roots-rock. The music starts and the cash bar opens at 7pm, and the galleries close at 8pm. Don’t miss this great night out in Oceanside! 

When:

Where: Oceanside Museum of Art, 704 Pier View Way Oceanside, CA 92054

More Info: For more information and to register visit Music at the Museum: The Shane Hall Trio and Music at the Museum: Wish and the Well.

Bobfest – A Celebration of the Music of Bob Dylan

What: BobFest is a celebration of the music of one of the greatest singer/songwriter/poets this country has yet produced. BobFest features singer and guitarist Pat Guadagno, whose music was featured in the Award-winning Showtime series, Californication, and whom the New York Times has hailed as “a well-traveled troubadour with a remarkable repertoire.” Now in its 21st year, BobFest has been selling out the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, New Jersey. The tradition is now coming to The Brooks in Oceanside! Tickets are on sale now at Oceanside Theatre Company Tickets for $25 each. Doors open at 7pm, and the show begins at 8pm.

When: Saturday, September 22, 7pm

Where: The Brooks Theatre, 217 N Coast Highway, Oceanside, CA 92054

More InfoOceanside Theatre Company Music Series

Weekly Activities

If you are not able to attend any of these concert dates don’t fret! Oceanside is a hub for year round live music and activities, whether it be artists performing at the Sunset Market every Thursday, comedy shows being performed weekly by local comedians, or musicians playing almost nightly at the fantastic variety of local restaurants, breweries and bars located here. No matter what your schedule, there is sure to be something for you to enjoy in Oceanside. To learn more about these events and activities click below!

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14 Fun Oceanside Beach Events for Summer

Summer is nearly upon us, and we can’t wait to celebrate the big blue skies and perfect beach weather with some fun activities and events throughout the 2018 Summer calendar. Ranging from surfing championships to free movies at the pier, Independence Day events to cultural celebrations and more, the event calendar is full of hot activities that will have you begging to spend another day in Oceanside!

Below are just a few highlights selected from our Event Calendar for this June through August. Be sure to check the full calendar often before planning your next trip to Oceanside!

Tango on the Beach

What: Tango by the Beach is a favorite for visitors and locals alike. Head over to the Pacific Street Linear Park outdoor pavilion just across the street from the beach at sunset to enjoy Tango music and an introductory Tango dance lesson. This event is open to all skill levels, even beginners!

When: Saturdays, 7pm-9:30pm

Where: Pacific Street Linear Park, 112 The Strand South, Oceanside, CA 92054

More Info: Tango by the Beach

Surfing America USA Surfing Championships and Team Trials

What: The Surfing America USA Championships brings the best surfers and stand-up paddlers from across the country for competition and includes longboard, SUP and adaptive divisions. Sponsored by Surfing America, Inc. Surfing America is the IOC-recognized National Governing Body for the sport of surfing in the USA. Surfing America is responsible for holding the USA Championships each year and for selecting the official USA Surf Team to compete internationally.

When: Monday, June 11th through Thursday June 14th, 8am-5pm

Where: Oceanside Harbor North Jetty, Oceanside Harbor, Oceanside, CA 92054

More InfoSurfing America USA Surfing Championship

Race Across America (RAAM and RAW)

What: Visit Oceanside welcomes the return of Race Across the West (RAW) and Race Across America (RAAM)! Come show your Oceanside spirit by cheering on the start of these endurance racers! RAAM is one of the most respected and longest running endurance sports events in the world, where racers must traverse 3,000 miles across 12 states. RAW is one of the world’s top RAAM qualifying events, taking place from Oceanside, CA to Durango, CO – 860 miles across the rugged American West. Both the RAAM and RAW racers are on the course at the same time making it a perfect way to see how you might do racing RAAM. June 12: Race begins for RAAM solo riders and all RAW participants. June 16: Race begins for RAAM team riders.

When: Tuesday, June 12th at 12pm and Saturday, June 16th at 12pm

Where: Junior Seau Beach Community Center, 300 North The Strand, Oceanside, CA 92054

More Info: Race Across America (RAAM)

Movie at the Pier (Despicable Me 3)

What: Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and snacks and enjoy a movie under the stars at the Junior Seau Pier Amphitheater (south of the Oceanside Pier). The June summer Movie at the Pier will feature Despicable Me 3 and will begin at sunset (approximately 7:45pm).

When: Saturday, June 23rd, 7:30pm-10pm

Where: Junior Seau Oceanside Pier Amphitheatre, 200 North Strand Oceanside, CA 92054

More Info: Movie at the Pier or call (760) 435-5041

Moonlight Paddle at the Harbor

What: The City of Oceanside Parks and Recreation Division is offering an exciting program called “Moonlight Paddle,” where you will get the chance to enjoy the beauty and romance of Oceanside’s Harbor under the moonlight! A short informational skills session will take place at the Oceanside Outdoor Aquatic Recreation Building (across from the Small Fishing Pier at the Oceanside Harbor) prior to launching the Kayaks. Please bring a change of clothes, as your clothing may get wet while paddling. The Recreation Division will be providing all the supplies needed. Pre-registration is required, to register please visit Oceanside Rec, or call (760) 435-5041

When: Last Friday and Saturday of the month

  • June 29th & 30th, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
  • July 27th & 28th, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
  • August 24th & 25th, 7pm – 9pm

Where: Oceanside Harbor, Oceanside Harbor, Oceanside, CA 92054, USA 

More InfoMoonlight Paddle at the Harbor

Oceanside Independence Parade

What: Come enjoy Oceanside’s annual Independence Parade as it makes it way north on Coast Highway from Wisconsin Avenue to Civic Center Drive (just past City Hall). This year three “Hometown Heroes” will be honored, including former Oceanside Mayor Jim Wood. Come see floats, bands, walking groups, cool cars and much more as we pay tribute to our nation, Hometown Heroes, our city and our local businesses. Viewing of the parade is available from the sidewalks along the entire route. Spectators are encouraged to bring folding chairs. The highest concentration of viewers will be on the north end of the route past Seagaze Avenue. Running time from beginning to end is about two hours.

When: Saturday, June 30th, 10am-12pm

Where: Downtown Oceanside, CA 92054

  • The parade starts in front of the 101 Cafe (Coast Highway at Wisconsin Avenue) at 10:00 am and works its way north with the first unit of the parade reaching City Hall around 10:15 am. 

More InfoIndependence Parade Information

July 4th at the Beach

What: Be sure to wear your best “Red, White, and Blue” attire when on Oceanside Beach and Pier for the Fourth of July! By 10am The Strand will be closed to vehicular traffic and MainStreet Oceanside will be hosting a variety of booths and activities in the plazas, parks and parking lots from the Oceanside Pier to Tyson Street Park. This includes kids amusements and activities in the Pier Amphitheatre, with a wide range of food vendors. There will also be retail vendors of all kinds in both the Pier Plaza and in the parking lot south of the Pier Amphitheatre.  

When: Wednesday, July 4th, All Day

Where: Oceanside Beaches, Oceanside, CA 92054

The Yankee Doodle Dinghy Parade

What: The 16th annual Dinghy Parade is a fun celebration of Independence Day, with participants decorating their dinghies in a patriotic theme and parading them around the inner harbor where they are judged. All are welcome to enjoy this event, and anyone may decorate a patriotic dinghy 12 feet and under and participate in the parade. There is no entry fee, and trophies will be awarded. Those who are interested in participating may register at the Oceanside Yacht Club office before July 4th.

When: Wednesday, July 4th, 1-3pm

Where: Oceanside Harbor, Oceanside Harbor, Oceanside, CA 92054

Oceanside Samoan Cultural Celebration

What: The Samoan Cultural Festival returns to Oceanside with a week of activities and events. The final and main event will be held on July 7th starting at 12pm with the cultural celebration beginning at 4pm at the Junior Seau Pier Amphitheater. This event is open to the public, will include traditional dancing, live music and performances, cultural competitions, food and local vendors, and more so don’t miss it!

When: Wednesday, July 7th, 12pm-9pm

Where: Junior Seau Oceanside Pier Amphitheatre, 200 North Strand Oceanside, CA 92054

Harbor Wine Cruises

What: Join Oceanside Adventures and Beach House Winery on the first Saturday of every month for a 90-minute evening cruise aboard a luxurious catamaran through the beautiful Oceanside Harbor. The cruise features an appetizer platter and three tastes of wines from Beach House Winery. Cost is $39 per person, 21 and over. 

When: 

  • Saturday, July 7th, 5pm – 6:30pm
  • Saturday, August 4th, 5pm – 6:30pm

Where: Oceanside Adventures, 256 Harbor Drive South, Oceanside, CA 92054

More Info: For reservations call 888-507-1130.

Movie at the Pier (COCO)

What: Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and snacks and enjoy a movie under the stars at the Junior Seau Pier Amphitheater (south of the Oceanside Pier). The July summer Movie at the Pier will feature Coco and will begin at sunset (approximately 7:45pm).

When: Saturday, July 21st, 7:30pm-10pm

Where: Junior Seau Oceanside Pier Amphitheatre, 200 North Strand Oceanside, CA 92054

More Info: Movie at the Pier or call (760) 435-5041

Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro

What: The largest and only televised women’s surf contest in the world takes place right here in Oceanside, California! Supergirl Pro includes three days of surfing heats that lead to head-to-head competition between the world’s best female surfers. In addition there will be a festival village complete with live entertainment, vendors, activities, contests, concerts, seminars, and more all weekend long.

When: Friday-Sunday, July 27th-29th, All Day

Where: Junior Seau Oceanside Pier Amphitheatre, 200 North Strand Oceanside, CA 92054

More: Supergirl Surf Pro

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Have you seen the RAAM Vans?

Over the next several days you will begin to see vehicles covered in stickers and decals, some even with speakers attached to the roof of the vehicles.  You may ask yourself what is going on?, but have no fear! These are the RAAM vans! They are the support vehicles for the participants of Race Across America (RAAM) and Race Across the West (RAW) and will be traveling with the riders as they make their way from Oceanside, CA to their final destinations of either Annapolis, MD or Durango, CO. The support vehicles carry the food, water, gear, and tool kits for the athletes, so that they don’t have to worry about anything except riding as fast as they can to the finish line. For the safety of the riders, the vehicles are required to be clearly marked with the team’s name, participation number, event decals, etc.

RAAM draws in some of the toughest endurance bicyclists from around the world, with over a dozen different countries represented by individuals and teams participating in the event.  The cyclists are traveling to Oceanside from as far away as Austria, Europe, Brazil, Russia, Denmark, Japan, Switzerland, and more!

Featured in the image to the left is the chase vehicle from the previous years Team Oceanside, an 8-person team that included the Oceanside Police Department’s Captain Fred Armijo, Officer Steven Peppard, and Former Sergeant Kelan Poorman as well as Beach Lifeguard Sergeant Mason Turvey. Team Oceanside rode for Rady’s Childrens Hospital. Click here to see the official Race Roster listing all of the athletes and the countries they represent.

If you are interested in learning more about this year’s participants, press conferences will be held on Tuesday, June 12th at 9am for the RAW athletes and RAAM solo racers.  The final press conference featuring the RAAM team riders will be held on Thursday, June 14th at 9am.  All press conferences will be held within the Oceanside Pier Plaza.

Race Across America (RAAM) and Race Across the West (RAW) will officially kick-off on June 12th and June 16th, 2018.

Oceanside visitors and locals are welcome to gather at the Oceanside Pier on June 12th at 12pm and June 16th at 12pm to cheer on and wave goodbye to the hundreds of participating athletes as they begin their journey towards the East. RAAM solo riders and all RAW participants will be departing on June 12th. RAAM team riders will be departing on June 16th.

Race Across America (RAAM) is a 3,000-mile coast-to-coast race across the United States. RAAM is widely recognized as the world’s toughest endurance bicycle race. The Race Across the West (RAW) is one of the world’s top RAAM Qualifying events from Oceanside, CA to Durango, CO; 860 miles across the rugged American West.

Click here to learn more about Race Across America (RAAM) and Race Across the West (RAW)

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San Diego County Fair: Concert & Event Line-Up

It’s that time again…The fair is back in town! As one of San Diego’s most popular Summer events, you don’t want to miss out on a chance to experience everything the fair has to offer! For 2018 the San Diego County Fair is back from June 1st through July 4th, and the theme is “How Sweet It Is”! Located at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, there will be no shortage of fun and excitement with live entertainment, delicious and unique food, animal experiences, contests, exhibits and attractions, and more!

General Information:

Address: Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
When: June 1st – July 4th, 2018*

  • Mondays & Tuesdays CLOSED – Except 7/2 (11am-10pm), & 7/3 (11am-11pm)
  • Wednesday’s & Thursdays, 11am-10pm – Except 7/4 (10am-11pm)
  • Fridays, 11am-11pm – Except 6/1 (4pm-11pm)
  • Saturdays, 10am-11pm
  • Sundays, 10am-10pm

* Be sure to check the SD Fair Calendar for more information

Admission
  • Adults (age 13-61): $19
  • Seniors (age 62+): $12
  • Kids (age 6-12): $12
  • Kids (age 0-5): FREE

Tickets can be purchased at the box office or online. To learn more visit SD Fair Admissions.

San Diego County Fair Concert Series

The San Diego County Fair features multiple concert series that bring some of the most talented artists, musicians, and comedians together to perform on the Fair’s grand stages. With acts ranging from nationally recognized comedians, to platinum classic rock bands, up-and-coming local artists, electric dance music, pop, and more there is sure to be something for all tastes in music and entertainment!

Check out our snapshot below of a few of the acts being featured, and be sure to click on the concert series for a full list of artists and schedules so that you can plan your perfect trip to the fair!

Coors Light Rock on Concert Series

Acts Include:

  • Graceland – Elvis Tribute
  • Strange Crew – Eric Clapton Tribute
  • Metalachi
  • PRISS – KISS Tribute
  • Damage Inc – Metallica Tribute
  • Nirvana Mania – Nirvana Tribute
  • Fooz Fighters – Foo Fighters Tribute

Toyota Summer Concert Series

Acts Include:

  • Tinashe
  • Sugarland
  • Kansas
  • Little Big Town
  • Spirit West Coast
  • Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias
  • Jeff Ross Roasts San Diego

Paddock Concert Series

Acts Include:

  • Refugee – Tom Petty Tribute
  • Village People
  • Herb Alpert & Lani Hall
  • Who’s Bad – Michael Jackson Tribute 
  • BB King’s Blues Band Featuring Tito Jackson
  • Lee Greenwood

Electronic Fridays

Acts Include:

  • ISOxo
  • DJ Skeez
  • Dj Miss Lisa & DJ Miss Dust-XOXO
  • Vincent

Laugh Out Loud Comedy

Acts Include:

  • Dan Gabriel
  • Alex Powers
  • Jeff Urrea
  • Matt Donaher
  • Sam Fedele

Belly Up Music Festival

Acts Include:

  • Band of Gringos
  • Dead Man’s Party
  • Nathan James
  • Shane Hall
  • Wild Child

Solid Gold Concert Series

Acts Include:

  • Bill Haley Jr. & The Comets
  • New York Bee Gees
  • Crystal Gayle
  • Frankie Avalon
Getting To and From the Fair

Public Transportation:

The North County Transit District trains and buses are often the easiest, least expensive way to get to the Del Mar Fairgrounds and are a great way to avoid driving in traffic. The North County Transit District offers transportation to and from the West Gate of the Del Mar Fairgrounds each day the fair is open via their COASTER or BREEZE transportation options. To get to the fair using public transportation, first ride the COASTER train or BREEZE Route 101 bus to the Solana Beach Station. From Oceanside’s Transit Center, the Solana Beach Station is the fourth stop for either the train or bus option. Once there hop on the special BREEZE Route 408 bus directly to the fairgrounds! Current NCTD passholders can get a $4 discount on same-day adult, senior, or child Fair admission by showing their valid transit pass/ticket at the West Gate box office.

For those that want an even easier, all in one package, NCTD offers a Fair Tripper Ticket which combines a discounted fair ticket and transit fare all in one! The Fair Tripper costs $20, only $1 more than a regular adult ticket to the Fair, and can be purchased online through the Compass Cloud App or at NCTD ticket vending machines at Coaster and Sprinter stations. For those with kids, a $12 Kid Fair Tripper ticket can be purchased which offers the same benefits but includes a Youth fare. 

These options allows for a relaxed trip that saves you on gas and parking fees.

MORE: Tips For Taking the Coaster

Biking:

Biking to the fair is a great workout, and has the added benefit of being free! If you’re close enough this can be a fun and eco-friendly option. Complimentary bike racks are set up at the O’Brien Gate (“main gate”) and the West Gate (near the Fun Zone). Bring your own lock to secure your bike at either location.

Parking

On-site and off-site parking are available for the San Diego County Fair. During the Fair turn your radio to AM 1680 for real-time parking updates. Oversized vehicles such as RV’s are not permitted at either on or off-site parking, single parking space vehicles only.

  • On-site Parking:
    • General parking is $15
    • Preferred parking is $25
  • Off-site Parking: Free parking on a first come first serve basis. Free shuttles service these lots continuously to and from the O’Brien Gate
    • Saturdays and Sundays, 9am – closing
      • Horsepark, Torrey Pines High School, & Miracosta College San Elijo
    • Wednesdays – Friday’s, Through June 17
      • Horsepark, 10am – closing
    • Wednesdays – Friday’s, Starting June 20
      • Horsepark, 10am – closing
      • Torrey Pines High School, 12pm – closing
    • Monday & Tuesday, July 2nd-3rd
      • Horsepark, 10am – closing
      • Torrey Pines High School, Miracosta College San Elijo, 9am – closing
    • Wednesday, July 4th, 9am – closing
      • Horsepark, Torrey Pines High School, & Miracosta College San Elijo

For more information visit SD Fair Parking.

What to Wear

At the fairgrounds you’ll be doing plenty of walking on asphalt so dress comfortably! The average temperature during the day is 70-75 degrees, but it will feel warmer due to the asphalt. With that in mind, here are some recommendations on what to wear for your visit:

  • Tank top or similar comfortable top
  • Shorts/capris
  • A comfortable dress
  • Comfortable shoes…this is a must!
  • A lightweight sweater if you will be there in the evening
  • Sunglasses
  • A hat
What to Bring

You Can Bring:

  • Outside food and beverages
  • Backpacks, camera bags, diaper bags
  • Camera
  • A motorized wheelchair
  • A wagon or a stroller
  • Folding chairs — these can only be used in certain places

You Cannot Bring:

  • Pets (excluding service animals)
  • Selfie Sticks
  • Guns, knives, scissors, or any sharp instruments
  • Laser pointers
  • Skateboards or roller skates
  • Cigarettes or e-cigarettes
  • Bikes — you may ride your bike to the Fair but you may not bring it inside the gates

For the full list of what can and can’t be brought to the fair visit SD Fair Guest Services.

Exhibits and Attractions

While you are at the San Diego County Fair be sure to check out as many exhibits as you can!

Some of the attractions & exhibits to check out:

  • “How Sweet it is” Theme Exhibit
  • Livestock Show
  • Fiesta Village
  • Car Shows
  • Firefighter demolition derby
  • Charity Fair Horse Show
  • Art exhibitions
  • The farm

For a full list visit SD Fair Exhibits and Attractions.

Fair Fare

One of the biggest draws of the SD Fair is the amazing, eye-catching, mouth-watering variety of delicious foods to satisfy all palates. Ranging from the usual fair fare to much more outlandish options like deep-fried filet mignon or bacon-infused baklava, people come from far and wide to try out the various delicacies that are available. In addition, mirroring this year’s theme centered around sweets, expect an endless supply of sugary colorful treats!

Having trouble deciding what to eat? Don’t be afraid to walk down the rows of food booths and let your sense of smell lead the way!

Rides & Games

The San Diego County Fair is also known for its wide selection of fun rides and games that are suitable for all ages. Whether its the classics carnival games like the ball and bucket toss, or thrilling rides that will get your adrenaline pumping, they have it all. For the younger guests, the Kids Zone has fun rides for all ages to enjoy. 

So get your sunscreen on, grab those sunglasses, tie up the laces on your sneakers and get ready for some great summer fun at the San Diego County Fair! 

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12 Can’t Miss Events Happening in June

With summer unofficially beginning on Memorial Day weekend, we are excited for everything taking place right here in Oceanside this June (with a few honorable mentions happening around San Diego County). The event calendar is nearly bursting at the seams with family-friendly, musically-inspired, cultural, and outdoor activities so we’ve highlighted 12 events to give you a taste of what you can experience during your next June trip to O’side. As the weather starts to heat up, think of Oceanside as your cool Southern California beach escape.

To see the rest of the fantastic events taking place this June and beyond, visit the Oceanside Event Calendar.

San Diego County Fair

What: Get ready for treats that will tempt all of your senses at the 2018 San Diego County Fair presented by Albertsons/Vons. ‘How Sweet It Is’ was unanimously chosen as the theme for the 2018 San Diego County Fair, the largest annual event in San Diego County and one of the 10 largest fairs in North America with more than 1.6 million visitors annually. You’ll leave the ordinary world behind the minute you step into this magical sweet spot overflowing with opportunities to truly savor summer with the excitement of a wide-eyed kid. Whether it’s sampling chocolate bubbling from a fountain, soaking up the glittery ocean views from atop the Ferris wheel, discovering how nature’s sweet fruits grow and ripen, or enjoying the Fair’s golden-ticket entertainment, your toughest decision will be choosing what to indulge in first!

When: June 1st-July 4th

Where: San Diego County Fair, 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar, CA 92014

More InfoSan Diego County Fair

First Friday: Oceanside Art Walk

What: The First Friday: Oceanside Art Walk will be celebrating the beginning of the summer season and the thriving arts and culture scene in the heart of downtown Oceanside. This event will showcase live performances, music, poetry, art education, and culinary and pop-up art galleries showcased in local businesses and public spaces. Admission is free and open to the public, and admission into the Oceanside Museum of Art is half-priced during the Art Walk so come on out!

When: Friday, June 1st, 5-9pm

Where: Downtown Oceanside

More InfoFirst Friday: Oceanside Art Walk

Agritourism Documentary Video Premiere SOLD OUT

What: The highly anticipated Agritourism Documentary funded by the County of San Diego’s Board of Supervisors 2017-2018 Community Enhancement Grant will be premiered at the Brooks Theatre in downtown Oceanside. This documentary features interviews with musician and local farm owner Jason Mraz, Eric Larson from the San Diego County Farm Bureau, several local farmers, City of Oceanside staff, Restaurateurs, Chefs and more. This documentary focuses on the importance of having sustainable farmland in the local community, and highlights existing Agritourism experiences throughout North County San Diego such as Myrtle Creek, Bates Nut Farm, Cyclops Farms, Beach House Winery, Carlsbad Strawberry Company, State Street Farmers Market in Carlsbad Village and the Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch. This event will also include a musical performance by Barnwell Shift, complimentary appetizers and beverages, as well as several guest speakers including Oceanside Mayor Peter Weiss, and San Diego County Supervisor Bill Horn. 

When: Monday, June 4th, 5-7pm

Where: Brooks Theatre, 219 North Coast Highway, Oceanside CA 92054

17th Annual Filipino Cultural Day

What: The Annual Filipino Cultural Celebration will take place on Saturday, June 9, marking the 17-year partnership between the Filipino-American Cultural Organization (FACO), the Oceanside Public Library, and Friends of the Oceanside Public Library. The celebration will offer attendees a day filled with Philippine dancing and music, colorful costumes, special performances, and delicious Filipino and international cuisine. In addition there will be crafts and activities for children in the courtyard of the Civic Center Library Community Rooms from noon to 5pm. Event admission is FREE and open to the public.

When: Saturday, June 9th, 12-6:30pm

Where: Civic Center Library, 330 North Coast Highway, Oceanside, CA 92054

More InfoFilipino Cultural Celebration

Annual Inter-Tribal Powwow

What: The Annual Inter-Tribal Powwow at the San Luis Rey Mission is here! This two day event takes place Saturday and Sunday and includes arts and crafts booths, food vendors, tribal music and dancing, and more.

When: Saturday, June 9th, 9am-11pm, and Sunday, June 10th, 9am-6pm

Where: Mission San Luis Rey, 4050 Mission Avenue, Oceanside, CA 92057, USA

More Info: Annual Inter-Tribal Powwow or call (760) 727-0595

Marine Corps Mud Run

What: Oceanside welcomes the return of the Marine Corps Mud Run on Camp Pendleton. The Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Mud Run ® is the world’s dirtiest party featuring challenging 10K and 5K runs with rolling hills, river crossings, two 5-foot walls, three massive mud pits, tunnels, slippery hill, a cargo climb and much more! Enjoy food, live music, muddy merchants, family fun activities, beer, Marine Corps displays and the Mud Run Store. 

When:  Saturday, June 9th & Sunday, June 10th, All Day

Where: O’Neill Lake, Camp Pendleton North, CA 92058

More Info: Marine Corps Mud Run

Surfing America USA Surfing Championships and Team Trials

What: The Surfing America USA Championships brings the best surfers and stand-up paddlers from across the country for competition and includes longboard, SUP and adaptive divisions. Sponsored by Surfing America, Inc. Surfing America is the IOC-recognized National Governing Body for the sport of surfing in the USA. Surfing America is responsible for holding the USA Championships each year and for selecting the official USA Surf Team to compete internationally.

When: Monday, June 11th through Thursday June 14th, 8am-5pm

Where: Oceanside Harbor North Jetty, Oceanside Harbor, Oceanside, CA 92054

More InfoSurfing America USA Surfing Championship

Race Across America (RAAM and RAW)

What: Visit Oceanside welcomes the return of Race Across the West (RAW) and Race Across America (RAAM)! Come show your Oceanside spirit by cheering on the start of these endurance racers! RAAM is one of the most respected and longest running endurance sports events in the world, where racers must traverse 3,000 miles across 12 states. RAW is one of the world’s top RAAM qualifying events, taking place from Oceanside, CA to Durango, CO – 860 miles across the rugged American West. Both the RAAM and RAW racers are on the course at the same time making it a perfect way to see how you might do racing RAAM. June 12: Race begins for RAAM solo riders and all RAW participants. June 16: Race begins for RAAM team riders.

When: Tuesday, June 12th at 12pm and Saturday, June 16th at 12pm

Where: Junior Seau Beach Community Center, 300 North The Strand, Oceanside, CA 92054

More Info: Race Across America (RAAM)

South O Walkabout

What: This months South O Walkabout theme is Father’s Day & Family Picnic Fun! The locally organized South O Walkabout is a monthly walking event that showcases our localvore beach community, unique shops and restaurants. This monthly event encourages walkers to discover the unique shopping and dining experiences offered in South Oceanside. So come eat, drink, shop, and Walk; Good Vibes only! The Walkabout footprint is the shopping district in South O. On the south end it starts at Urge Gastropub and extends north to the Privateer on Whaley St. The easy walk is about .4 miles each way.

When: Wednesday, June 13th, 6pm-9pm

Where: South Oceanside

More Info: South O Walkabout

FREE Concert in the Park – The Mar Dels

What: Come to Oceanside’s Rancho Del Oro Park to enjoy a FREE family friendly summertime concert. On June 15th The Mar Dels will be performing with the pre-show beginning at 5pm. 

When: Friday, June 15th, 5-9pm

Where: Rancho del Oro Park, 4701 Mesa Drive, Oceanside, CA 92056

More Info: Concerts in the Park or call (760) 435-5041

Movie at the Pier (Despicable Me 3)

What: Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and snacks and enjoy a movie under the stars at the Junior Seau Pier Amphitheater (south of the Oceanside Pier). The June summer Movie at the Pier will feature Despicable Me 3 and will begin at sunset (approximately 7:45pm).

When: Saturday, June 23rd, 8pm-10pm

Where:  Junior Seau Oceanside Pier Amphitheatre, 200 North Strand Oceanside, CA 92054

More Info: Movie at the Pier or call (760) 435-5041

Oceanside Independence Parade

What: Come enjoy Oceanside’s annual Independence Parade as it makes it way north on Coast Highway from Wisconsin Avenue to Civic Center Drive (just past City Hall). This year three “Hometown Heroes” will be honored, including former Oceanside Mayor Jim Wood. Come..

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Unique and Unexpected Things to do in Oceanside

Known for its iconic wooden pier, wide sandy beaches, picturesque harbor, a bustling downtown and a growing reputation as the leading destination for foodies in San Diego County, Oceanside certainly has a lot to offer! But what about those that are interested in doing something a little more off the beaten path, a little quirky, and most certainly unique? Look no further, Oceanside has you covered with these awesome activities you might not have ever expected!

Ukulele Night

For those that love music and don’t mind getting a little out of their comfort zone, Oceanside Broiler located in Oceanside Harbor, hosts weekly ukulele meetups every Thursday from 6pm-8:30pm. Organized by the Ukulele Society of America, this weekly gathering is a fun and quirky way to spend a Thursday night, and visitors are more than welcome to join in the fun! Pat Soares, a volunteer at the California Welcome Center and regular attendee of the Ukulele Nights, had this to say about the gatherings. “Our Thursday nights playing ukulele and singing along are lots of fun and very uplifting!!  We play Hawaiian music, Beatle tunes, a little country, show tunes, and good ol’ rock n’ roll!!  Our Hula Dancers always make us smile.”

No prior experience or skill level is required to take part in the festivities, and if you have any questions or need help this friendly group will be more than happy to give assistance. Regular attendees pay $3 per week, but there is no fee for your first visit and there is no sign-up required; all you have to do is show up! Don’t have a ukulele with you? No problem! The Ukulele Society has loaner ukuleles available, and the songs are projected on a large monitor so that you can follow along.

For the extra adventurous there are also hula lessons offered for $3 from 4:45pm to 5:45pm to dance along with the music being played.

Ultimate Selfie Package with Waverider Helicopters

Riding a helicopter over the scenic coastline is nothing new, however Waverider Helicopter Tours in Oceanside offers one distinct package that is sure to give you pictures that are both unforgettable and completely unique!

This ‘Ultimate Selfie Package’ gives riders the chance to not only fly with the doors off but also take pictures with their feet hanging out over the edge giving an incredible visual to share with your friends and followers! The 10 minute trip flies over the iconic Oceanside Harbor and Pier so that you have the perfect backdrop to your ultimate selfie photographs. These flights are available for up to three riders at the same time, and can be booked at Waverider Helicopter Tour Packages.

UP Sports Sumo Surf Tubes

One of the best things about Oceanside is of course the beach! Whether you are a surfer, a casual swimmer, a boogie-boarder, or a body surfer the ocean offers the opportunity to have hours of fun in the waves. If you’re craving a new sensation out in the water, and don’t take yourself too seriously, Up Sports offers the perfect rental option for you!

‘Sumo Surf Tubes’ turn your body into a gliding body-surfing machine, capable of riding the biggest waves Oceanside has to offer! “You definitely can’t take yourself too seriously and not be shy about how much attention you’ll get from the curious onlookers!” said Eric Alden of Up Sports Oceanside Surf Shop. Three are available for rent in Oceanside, so it is a good idea to call ahead and reserve them in advance. The minimum height requirement is about 5 feet due to the length of the tube itself, and for the more serious body surfers it is recommended you wear fins to help you get out to the bigger waves. Eric went on to say that “kids and adults alike come back with big grins laughing about how much fun they had rolling around in the waves wearing the Sumo Tube.”

To see them in action visit Sumo Tube Party.

Grunion Run

There is no shortage of fishing opportunities in Oceanside, with long expansive shores and jetties, two fishing piers that allow for license-free fishing and a number of sports fishing charters in the harbor ready to help you catch the big one. For those that want an entirely different experience, one that requires no fishing rod, no lures and has to be seen to be believed, look no further than Southern California’s famous Grunion Run!

Every year hundreds to sometimes thousands of grunion, a small 5-6″ silvery fish, ride the waves onto the shore purposefully beaching themselves as part of their remarkable spawning behavior. This momentous event occurs March through August for three to four days at a time, following a full or new moon and immediately after the tide has reached its highest point. The grunion run schedule is split into two parts, open season and observation only. During open season kids under 16 years old, and those 16+ with a California Sport Fishing License are allowed to catch the grunion. The catch? You must use your bare hands only, no traps or nets are permitted so expect to get a little wet and sandy!

Because this is a natural phenomenon there is no guarantee you will see the grunion on any given night. To help increase your chances however, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife have put together a schedule of expected grunion runs for 2018 to maximize your chances of seeing this incredible spectacle. To learn more about these fascinating fish and this bizarre behavior, as well as when to go out to see them, visit Oceanside Grunion Run.

Self Guided Mural Tour

If you’ve ever driven through downtown or south Oceanside there’s a good chance you spotted a few colorful murals along the way. The love of the arts runs deep in Oceanside, so much so our city is defined by the California Arts Council as one of fourteen state-recognized cultural districts! This passion is most obviously portrayed on the exterior of many downtown buildings, both new and old, which often feature vibrant colored murals that seem to almost pop off the walls.

With over two dozen murals within the coastal neighborhoods, the best way to experience them is to take a self-guided tour. No need to aimlessly search however, we’ve done the hard work for you by compiling the location and a picture of each mural so that you can create your own route and stop by all of your favorites for that perfect urban selfie!

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Thursday Market Day

Thursday’s are some of the best days in Oceanside, with people coming from far and wide to participate and experience the wonderfully diverse Farmers and Sunset Markets taking place every week, year round. Located centrally in downtown Oceanside, visitors will be treated to an expansive sea of pop-up tents filling the streets, each with their own unique sights and smells that contribute to a visceral experience that will have your senses firing on all cylinders! 

Going from 9am to 1pm, the Farmers Market kicks off the festivities. This market is the perfect place to pick up fresh local produce, blooming and fragrant flowers, gourmet treats, freshly baked goods, organic honey and more. The Farmers Market doesn’t stop there, unlike other similar markets this one also features dozens of craft booths that offer jewelry, clothing, soap and lotions, local photography and more in addition to food booths for those craving a ready-made meal such as panini sandwiches, gyros, and crepes.

Well Behaved Dogs are Welcome!

Fast forward to 5pm and the larger Sunset Market begins. Featuring 200 merchants every week, this market spans four city blocks and is a constant year-round draw that brings people from all walks of life together. With over 40 food fenders making up the International Food Court, choose from numerous fantastic options for American Classics, Asian and Pacific Cuisine, Exotic Island Specialties, Classic European, Latin American, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, and finally African fare. As you walk down the rows of booths the mouthwatering smells are sure to make you hungry so come with an empty stomach! If you’re having trouble deciding which food to try check out our blog on What to Eat at the Oceanside Sunset Market.

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Daniel Pundik: The Locals’ Chef

Catch up with superstar Executive Chef Daniel Pundik of trendy Local Tap House & Kitchen and Exhale, which is expected to open the end of 2018.

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Could you describe your background and what inspired you to become a chef?

I grew up in the restaurant business with family owning different delis and restaurants. I was always into music. Music and food went hand in hand in my life at family gatherings and new ventures. I always knew I was going to cook one day and eventually have my own restaurant. Music led me to California and cooking. I walked into a place actually looking for a serving job and the chef said, “No, you’re going to come work in the kitchen.” I’ve been there ever since.

How would you describe your style of cooking?

It’s an eclectic style of cooking. I cook what I like to eat. I try to mix flavors that I know and stay within that realm. Once in a while, I tie in a new ingredient while giving people familiar flavors with nice presentation and a small twist. It’s comfort food to the next level with Southern, Latin, a little of everything mixed in.

Local Tap House Chef’s Inspired Hummus & Fried Chickpeas
What makes LTH special to you?

It starts with the people and comes through with the environment and everyone involved from Gabe our owner, myself, our managers and our service staff. It’s a place like Cheers with a local vibe where you walk in the door and everyone knows your name. It’s a regular place that people frequent throughout the week. They come for the craft beer and food. We even customize food for regulars that want things a certain way or have special dietary needs. We work with our locals. It’s a homey place.

How do you keep things fresh and keep people coming back to LTH?

We change our menu four times a year. We try to work with whatever’s seasonal and pull in some kind of fresh fruit into our salads. We’re always changing, being involved in the community, Cyclops Farms and their farm dinners. We’re keeping it exciting for the locals. They want to be involved in what we do.

Local Tap House Chocolate Topped Strawberries
What are some seasonal dishes trending now that incorporate produce from Oceanside farms?

For summer, there are lots of strawberries in salads, compotes for meat or fish or relishes. Up at Cyclops Farms, Luke grows rows and rows of different kinds of organic strawberries. I think everyone in Oceanside incorporates his strawberries into their menus.

Local Tap House Pecan Crusted Goat Cheese Salad
What is a new food trend that you are excited about right now?

Wood-fired cuisine and that rustic way of cooking are trending right now. It’s what we’re going to focus on with our new venture and I’m excited for that.

How do you develop a new menu item for the restaurant?

We start with an ingredient like a piece of meat or a vegetable then build from there. We cross utilize things that we already have in house so that there’s no waste and everything is always fresh.

Local Tap House Tuna Crudo “Ceviche”
Local Tap House Fried Fava Beans with Aioli
How do you choose the rotating tap selection?

I personally do not choose them. Gabe does and takes a lot of pride in it. We stick to local favorites. We have some signature beers that sell the most and then we rotate through sours and IPAs. Each week we try to throw on a few different beers for the regulars so they have something new to try.

Local Tap House Bar
What are some of your most popular craft cocktails?

Our two cocktails on tap: Gin & Juice and Moscow Mule. These change throughout the months. That’s our seasonal change behind the bar. They’re prepared in the kitchen with fresh cold-pressed juices, kegged, carbonated and then poured through our tap system to order over ice. They’re really, really good.

Bartender Dustin Speck Mixing a Son of Peach Cocktail
Bartender Dustin Speck with the Finished Product
What is the concept behind Exhale and how does it differ from LTH?

Exhale is going to be a wood-fired inspired restaurant with the focus on the cuisine, dinner and cooking over a wood flame. Whereas LTH is our 24-hour restaurant driven towards what the locals want with breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunch. We’re always here for the locals and that’s what makes LTH Local Tap House.

Local Tap House Waitress
What’s cool about the Oceanside culinary community and dining scene?

The sense of community. Everyone knows each other and the vendors. We buy avocados and strawberries from the same farmers. We eventually cross paths at one time. Even front of the house staffs and bar managers seem to know, take care of and reach out to each other if they need something. I like that about Oceanside, that sense of tight community amongst all the businesses and small town feel.

About the Author

Jolee Pink is an Oceanside-based writer, designer and artist. She runs the popular Eat Drink SD Facebook group and her Wabisabi Green lifestyle blog focuses on art, design, food and travel. For more information, please visit wabisabigreen.com.

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The Questions You’ve Been Asking at the California Welcome Center

The California Welcome Center offers visitors and locals alike an unparalleled resource for all things Oceanside, even leading the way on TripAdvisor as the #1 thing to do in the city! With more than 60,000 visitors coming through the doors every year, the knowledgeable Welcome Center volunteers and staff hear every question under the sun relating to our beautiful beach city and are ready to answer the travelers most hard-hitting questions. For the times you can’t make the drive over to the California Welcome Center in Oceanside, check out these answers to some of the most common questions being asked right now!

Do You Have the Latest Edition of O’Sider Magazine? 

YES! We are normally the first stop on The O’sider‘s delivery route. This popular local magazine is bi-monthly and highlights so much of what makes our city great. Whether you’re a local or a visitor stop by and check them out, you’re sure to find something new and interesting in each issue!

How Do I Take the Coast Highway Heading North? Is it Better to Take Coast Highway or Interstate 5?

Due to Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton you must take Interstate 5 (I-5) North before being able to drive north on Coast Highway. Continue on I-5N for 25 miles until you see the signs for exit 79, titled “Coast Highway -Beach Cities 1”. From there you have the option to stay on I-5 towards your destination or exit onto the continuation of Coast Highway.

Depending on the amount of travel time you have available, Coast Highway is considered the scenic route through Orange County. This option will take you along several beach cities and communities, each with their own unique personality that helps make the California coastline such a special place. Taking interstate 5 on the other hand will be less scenic, but is usually a faster route overall.

Do You Sell Discounted Attraction Tickets?

YES! Oceanside is surrounded by local attractions and the California Welcome Center Oceanside offers discount tickets to many of them, including whale watching, SeaWorld, Universal Studios and more! To see the latest ticket pricing and the amount you can save by buying them at the Welcome Center visit Discount Attraction Tickets.

Panels Comic Book Coffee Bar
Where is the Closest Coffee Shop?

Oceanside is lucky to have plenty of fantastic coffee shops in our downtown region, each with their own unique flare. Some of the closest ones to the California Welcome Center include Jitter’s Coffee Pub, Loose Leaf Tea Bar, Brown Cup Café & Lounge, Panels Comic Book Coffee Bar, and Nautical Bean Coffee Company in the Oceanside Harbor.

Where Can I Go for a Restaurant With a View?

Oceanside’s dining scene is one of the best in San Diego County, and is home to a great deal of talented local chefs and diverse offerings that are sure to hit the spot no matter what you’re craving. For restaurants with a view, popular local favorites include Lighthouse Bar and Grill, Stratford’s at the Harbor, Dominic’s Italian Restaurant, Oceanside Broiler, Harbor Fish & Chips, 333 Pacific and Hello Betty Fish House.

Lighthouse Oyster Bar & Grill

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