Welcome to Taste of Carmel, a sampling of the bohemian culture which was first found in and around Carmel-by-the-Sea, California in the early 1900’s and which is very much alive today. Taste of Carmel will be your gateway to exploring a quaint coastal village with world-class dining and top-rated wines while uncovering your own bohemian side.
Over a long weekend, Taste of Carmel features local food and wine; live music; outdoor activities; culinary education and experiences; a silent auction showcasing area restaurants, inns and boutique goods; all set in an ancient forest near a white sand beach.
Royal Bash Sponsored by
Union Bank, California American Water, The Pine Inn, Alain Pinel Realtors, Anne Thull Fine Art Designs, LLC, BMW/Porsche of Monterey, Carmel Pine Cone, Carmel Plaza, Carmel Realty Company, Coldwell Banker Del Monte Realty, Cypress Inn, Hayashi Wayland, KION TV CBS, Law Offices of Jack S. Johal, Monterey County Bank, Monterey County Herald, Monterey County Weekly, The Crossroads Carmel, Glastonbury Audio Visual Event Specialist, Mirabel Hotel & Restaurant Group and Carmel Magazine
Wine Walk-by-the-Sea™ Passports
The Carmel Wine Walk by-the-Sea™ is pleased to offer the Wine Tasting Passport for $65 which provides tasters with a Wine Walk flight at their choice of any 9 of 12 tasting rooms as part of a self-paced stroll to participating tasting rooms within a few blocks of each other on both sides of Ocean Ave. The Carmel Wine Walk by-the-Sea™ Wine Tasting Passport does not expire and can be used throughout Taste of Carmel or any time thereafter. The Wine Tasting Passport is available for purchase at the Carmel Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center on San Carlos between 5th & 6th in Carmel-by-the-Sea during Taste of Carmel or ask part of your Taste of Carmel package on this website.
Cost: $65 per person
THE ROYAL BASH
6:00 pm at the Carmel Mission
Sample local cuisine from top area restaurants while you sip Monterey County wines, all showcased in the historic Carmel Mission Courtyard. Dance to a crowd-favorite, The Money Band, and then take a break from the festivities to bid on silent auction items ranging from restaurant specials to boutique goods. Get in the spirit and dress in your most regal attire, from medieval to modern, anything goes!
Cost: $75 per person before September 19 OR $85 with Commemorative Riedel Glass
$95 per person after September 19
Food by: 400° Gourmet Burgers & Fries, Andre's Bouchee Bistro & Wine Bar, Aubergine at L'Auberge Carmel, Cantinetta Luca, Merlot Bistro Restaurant, Nielsen Bros. Market & Deli, Nothing Bundt Cakes, PortaBella Restaurant, Porters in the Forest, Rio Grill, The Quail & Olive, Village Corner Restaurant
Beverages by: Alexander-Smith by Paraiso, Bernardus Winery, Blair Estate, Boete Winery, Carmel Valley Coffee Roasting Co., Cima Collina Winery, Dawn's Dream Winery, De Tierra Vineyards, Figge Cellars, Galante Vineyards, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, Joullian Vineyards, Peter B's Brewpub Manzoni Cellars, McIntyre Vineyards, Morgan Winery, Scheid Vineyards, Shale Canyon Wines, Silvestri Vineyards, Ventana Vineyards, Trió Carmel, Wrath Wines, Windy Oaks Estate
Carmel Food Tour
11 am to 2 pm
Three – hour walking, cultural, tasting tour through downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea; History, architectural highlights, and culture combined with 7 tasting stops that include Carmel’s finest restaurants and specialty shops. Vist carmelfoodtour.com for more information on the tour.
Cost: $69 per person
Carmel Food Tour
11 am to 2 pm
Three–hour walking, cultural, tasting tour through downtown Carmel-by-the-
Sea; History, architectural highlights, and culture combined with 7 tasting stops that include Carmel’s finest restaurants and specialty shops. Vist carmelfoodtour.com for more information on the tour.
Cost: $69 per person
Aubergine Dessert and Wine Tasting Lunch
11:30 am Reception, 12 to 1:30 pm Lunch at Aubergine in L'Auberge Carmel
3 course dessert tasting featuring mouthwatering treats by Executive Pastry Chef Ron Mendoza, who will be there to walk you through his amazing creations. Each dessert course will be paired with an appropriate wine with an educational element by Restaurant Director Nathaniel Munoz offering insight on pairing wines with dessert beyond the traditional after dinner drinks.
Cost: $114.58 per person.
What could be more fun than a game of chance when fantastic trips, goods, products and experiences are the prizes? Taste of Carmel brings the auction excitement to you in three ways – online, silent and live. Pick your favorite ways to play and let the fun begin!
Monterey Regional Airport is literally minutes away from Carmel and has both direct and connecting flights from all over the country. Carmel is within a few minutes proximity of the rest of the Monterey Peninsula and is an easy drive from most of California. The Carmel Visitor Center can provide you with ideas on lodging and other things to do on your trip or you can sample the itineraries below based on your muse.