(credit: Surf & Sand Resort)

(credit: Surf & Sand Resort)


What do you get when you bring together an artsy beachside community and a food and wine festival in the off-season? A must-do road trip to Laguna Beach. The Celebrate Good Taste three-day culinary weekend from Friday, March 7 to Sunday March 9, showcases everything that visitors and SoCal residents love about Laguna Beach; food, wine and cliff side beaches and views that trick you into thinking your Mediterranean vacation arrived early.

FRIDAY, MARCH 7
(credit: Justin Couvillion)

(credit: Justin Couvillion)


Sunset, Mojitos and Appetizers at The Rooftop Lounge
La Casa del Camino Hotel
1289 S. Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949­) 505-­5079
www.lacasadelcamino.com

This rooftop lounge is always packed for the views and vibe. From 5pm to 8pm, enjoy an evening of signature mojitos, beer, wine and 10 tastes from the K’ya Bistro Bar downstairs. Cost is only $49 per person.

(credit: Suf & Sand Resort)

(credit: Suf & Sand Resort)


Beer vs. Wine at Surf & Sand Resort
Surf & Sand Resort
1555 S. Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949­) 376­-2761
www.surfandsandresort.com

From 5:30pm to 8:30pm, enjoy five food stations with a delicious menu prepared by Splashes Executive Chef David Fuñe which includes local mussels from Carlsbad Aquafarms, pork schnitzel and more. Beer and wine pairings are from Stone Brewing and Constellation Wines. $49 per person.

(credit: Montage Laguna Beach)

(credit: Montage Laguna Beach)


Masters of Malt – Macallan and Highland Park Whisky Dinner at The Loft at Montage Laguna Beach
Montage Laguna Beach
30801 S. Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 715-6420
www.montagelagunabeach.com

For a truly delicious experience, visit The Loft at The Montage Laguna Beach for a four-course prix fixe dinner created by Chef de Cuisine Casey Overton. The meal is paired with single malt whiskies individually selected by the ambassadors from Macallan and Highland who will join guests at the event as well. The event begins at 6pm with a welcome reception with dinner following at 7pm.

(credit: Maro Wood Grill)

(credit: Maro Wood Grill)


Chef Table at Maro Wood Grill
Maro Wood Grill
1915 S. Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 793-4044
www.marowoodgrill.com

Join friends and visit Maro Wood Grill at 6pm for a four-course dinner with wine pairings. A question and answer session will also be going on with the chef during and after dinner. Reservations are $65 per person.

SATURDAY, MARCH 8

(credit: Maro Wood Grill)

(credit: Maro Wood Grill)


Chef Table at Maro Wood Grill
Maro Wood Grill
1915 S. Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 793-4044
www.marowoodgrill.com

On Saturday, Maro Wood Grill continues their four-course dinner with wine pairings at 6pm. A question and answer session will also be going on with the chef during and after dinner. Reservations are $65 per person.

SUNDAY, MARCH 9

(credit: Visit Laguna Beach/Sawdust Festival)

(credit: Visit Laguna Beach/Sawdust Festival)


Gospel & Champagne Brunch
Sawdust Art Festival
935 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) ­715-9713
www.tivoli-too.com

A relaxing Sunday morning of champagne tasting and brunch with gospel music from Ava Dupree and her 5-piece band Voices in Praise awaits you at The Sawdust Art Festival. This is a popular event often sells out as well so make sure to call ahead. $50 a person. The event is from 11am to 1pm.

(credit: Sawdust Festival)

(credit: Sawdust Festival)


Sustain Local Art & Cuisine with “Art of Dining” at the Sawdust Art Festival
Sawdust Art Festival
777 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 493-3030
www.sawdustartfestival.org

Also at the Sawdust Art Festival is the Sustain Local Art & Cuisine which features a three-course meal crafted by Three Seventy Common executive chef, Ryan Adams. Dinner is served on one-of-a-kind dining sets, created by Sawdust artists as well, which guests can take home after the event. $175/person

Restaurant Specials

Along with the special events, local restaurants have lunch and dinner fixed price specials throughout the weekend that vary from lunches starting at $10 and dinners at $20. Check the Celebrate Good Taste website for a list of restaurants.

Lodging Packages

If all the food and adult beverages you’ve consumed have you feeling like a night in Laguna Beach is a good idea, check out the lodging specials offered by area hotels for the event.

Visit the Celebrate Good Taste Website for the most updated schedule of events, restaurants specials and hotel packages. See Visit Laguna Beach for more information about things to do in Laguna Beach.

Kristi Marcelle is a travel and lifestyle writer and regular contributor at Ciao Bambino and CBS Los Angeles. She loves planning travel adventures with her family, a good glass of wine at the whining hour and the Green Bay Packers. Follow her on Twitter @kristimarcelle.

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