The second season of thoroughbred racing at the Del Mar Racetrack is coming to a close. Event organizers could not have asked for anything more. The idea was criticized by some as an ill-fated, unnecessary and superfluous series of races that could not compete with other Autumn activities, and would perish with the inevitable change in the local weather. It has been a resounding and sunny success. The quality racing, the special events, the exceptional climate and the muted hype which kept crowds manageable and made it more attractive and easier to attend for the interested, combined for an undeniable recipe for success. The Bing Crosby Meet is all but sure to return next year.
To close out the season with a resounding win, the 2014 Beer & Cider Fest and a "free" concert by CAKE, will accompany Saturday's races; November 29. Fresh off of a glorious San Diego Beer Week, area brewers reunite for another round of sun, suds and sampling. Over one-hundred local and international craft brews will be on-hand during, contributing greatly to the day's festivities. Several ales and ciders have been tailored to usher in the holiday season, while the expected 75-degree temperatures will do it's best to keep it at bay.
Racetrack doors open at 11 a.m., and the taps open at noon. Place your bets, then seek out the Seaside Concert area for the Beer & Cider Fest. After admission to the track, $18 gets guests five 7 oz. samples of brews of your choice. We're partial to Ballast Point, and recommend Grapefruit Sculpin IPA for at least three of your five samples.
Other options include Port Brewing Santa’s Lil’ Helper Imperial Stout, Dogfish Head Tweason Ale and Julian Razzmatazz Cider. Coronado Brewing Company, Lagunitas, Mike Hess, Helms Brewing and many others are on-hand and eager to meet, serve and thrill you.
A DJ will spin for your pleasure during the Fest and you can always watch the spectacular thoroughbred racing going on. Full size brews are available for purchase, and for those who squander, or thoroughly enjoy their samples. A number of gourmet food trucks will provide fare, also for purchase, as stellar porter pairs much better with prime rib than hot dogs.
Afterwards you may have CAKE. After the final race, around 4:30 p.m., there will be a concert featuring the alternative rock band CAKE. Del Mar Seaside Cconcerts are free with racetrack admission, $20 without, so don't be silly, or late.