Culinary crawl

Foodies cruise down Carpinteria Avenue grazing on small bites prepared by local star-chefs to support the Carpinteria Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Take your taste buds on a tour of Carpinteria with the Carpinteria Valley Chamber of Commerce’s “Culinary Crawl…a Taste of Carpinteria” on Saturday, Sept. 14, from 2 to 6 p.m. in downtown Carpinteria.

Marking the third annual “Culinary Crawl,” this year’s event will feature 16 local restaurants and breweries, some taking part for the first time. Foodies will meet for opening and closing festivities at the new contemporary courtyard at the Lynda Fairly Carpinteria Arts Center. Guests will don their signature keepsake aprons and then hit the pavement snacking on locally created treats while touring the town’s best eateries. New this year, “Rail Alley” will be conveniently set up downtown for guests to meet chefs while sampling tasty tapas near the tracks.

Restaurants participating in the crawl include Nutbelly Pizzeria, Phoevermore, Reynaldo’s Bakery, Rincon Brewery, Rori’s Artisanal Creamery, Siam Elephant, The Food Liaison and Uncle Chen Restaurant. At the after party at the Arts Center, crawlers will find more sipping and sampling, featuring desserts and small bites from Chocolats du CaliBressan, Delgado’s Mexican Restaurant, Jack’s Bistro & Famous Bagels, McDonalds, Rincon Coffee Roasting Company and Teeccino Café. Carpinteria Wine Company and Island Brewing Co. will keep the spirits flowing. Crawlers won’t want to miss the cherry on top: the Farm to Table Exhibit in the Arts Center gallery.

Traffic Solutions at SBCAG is offering free round-trip train passes for the Culinary Crawl. Passes will be valid for travel to Carpinteria from the Ventura, Santa Barbara or Goleta Amtrak stations (value $23).

“The Culinary Crawl…a Taste of Carpinteria will serve as an economic stimulator to our local economy,” said Joyce Donaldson, Chamber president, “providing a fun-filled dining experience while increasing visibility and multiplying the sales of our local businesses. New customers, loyal patrons and playful tourists are encouraged to join us for our third annual crawl.”

Tickets cost $60 and include a chef’s keepsake apron, tapas, desserts and prosecco toast. Tickets can be purchased at

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