Taste of Del Mar FAQs

What is Taste of Del Mar?

Taste of Del Mar is one of DMVA’s annual signature events, where attendees sample tastes from more than 30 local restaurants and sips from more than a dozen wineries, breweries and distilleries at “Sip Stops” located inside retail shops and businesses. Taste also features multiple live music performances throughout the charming heart of Del Mar.

Where can I purchase tickets for Taste of Del Mar?

You can purchase $35 Taste tickets and $45 Taste + Sip tickets on Eventbrite here.

Will tickets be sold at the door?

Yes, tickets will be sold at check in if still available ($40 for Taste tickets; $50 for Taste + Sip tickets day of). However, this event sells out; be sure to get your tickets early to reserve your spot!

What should I expect at the event?

Taste of Del Mar features tastes from local restaurants and sips from local wineries, breweries and distilleries. You can expect bite-size portions from restaurants and tasting-size pours from beverage vendors within the designated Sip Stops. Attendees who have purchased Taste + Sip tickets will receive a reusable tasting cup to use in the Sip Stops.

This is a traditional Taste event in which attendees traverse Camino Del Mar sampling tastes and sips. You can start at Civic Center Plaza on 11th Street and work your way north or begin your evening at Del Mar Plaza on 15th Street and head south; the total route distance is less than half a mile.

Please note that while our restaurants come prepared for this event, guests are not guaranteed a taste from every vendor, especially as the event nears its end. We say arrive on the earlier side to leave plenty of time to stroll and eat!

Is there parking nearby?

We encourage you to take Lyft or Uber when possible, but there are many parking options in Del Mar. Free parking is available at the Del Mar Civic Center and on Camino Del Mar, and Del Mar Plaza will be providing four-hour parking validations for Taste of Del Mar ticket holders.

Learn more about parking options in Del Mar by clicking here.

Where do I check in?

There are two check in locations, one at Civic Center Plaza (1050 Camino Del Mar) and one on the Del Mar Plaza’s uppermost level, adjacent to its Ocean View Deck (1555 Camino Del Mar). You will be able to check in and get your event ticket ­– and wristband/tasting glass for Taste + Sip ticketholders – at either location starting at 5:00 p.m., then walk north or south and enjoy the event.

Note: Check in at Del Mar Plaza only runs from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. If you check in between 7:00 and 7:30 p.m. you must check in at Civic Center Plaza. Event check in ends completely at 7:30.

What do I need to bring in order to check in?

You must have your ticket – either printed or pulled up on your phone – and a photo ID in order to check in and receive your pass and, if applicable, your wristband and tasting glass. No exceptions.

What else should I bring?

It will be sunny out, so make sure to wear your sunscreen or wear a hat. You will find water stations at Sip Stops located throughout the event, so feel free to bring a reusable water bottle.

Are children allowed?

Children are welcome to enjoy Taste of Del Mar with a “Taste Only” ticket; only attendees 21 and older are allowed to partake in the wine, beer and distilled spirits being poured inside the Sip Stops.

Can I bring my dog?

Taste of Del Mar is a dog-friendly event! Feel free to bring your furry friends, but understand they may not be allowed in the retail shops and offices hosting Sip Stops.

Are there refunds?

We’re sorry, but we do not offer refunds for Taste of Del Mar.

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