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.

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Events & Tickets


Wine Walk-by-the-Sea™ Passports

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

Purchase at Carmel Visitor Center, San Carlos & 6th, 624-2522

Thursday, October 2, 2014

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: $95 per person
Buy a Couples Ticket Package, Two Tickets for $185 (Listed under Ticket Type)

Food by: 400° Gourmet Burgers & Fries, Affina, Andre's Bouchee Bistro & Wine Bar, Anton & Michel, Aubergine at L'Auberge Carmel, Cantinetta Luca, Christophers on Lincoln, Flaherty's Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar, Marinus Restaurant at Bernardus Lodge & Spa, Merlot Bistro Restaurant, Nielsen Bros. Market & Deli, Nothing Bundt Cakes, PortaBella Restaurant, Paris Bakery, Porters in the Forest, Rio Grill, Stewart and Jasper Orchards, Terry's Restaurant & Lounge - Cypress Inn, The Grill on Ocean Avenue, The Quail & Olive, Village Corner Restaurant

Beverages by: Albatross Ridge, Alexander-Smith by Paraiso, Bernardus Winery, Big Sur Vineyards, Blair Estate, Boete Winery, Caraccioli Cellars, Carmel Valley Coffee Roasting Co., Cima Collina Winery, Dawn's Dream Winery, De Tierra Vineyards, Figge Cellars, Galante Vineyards, Heller Estate Organic Vineyard, 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

Friday, October 3, 2014

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


McIntyre Vineyards Winemaker Dinner at Anton & Michel

McIntyre Vineyards Winemaker Dinner at Anton & Michel
6 pm

1st Course: Endive, Arugula & Radicchio Salad
with house-cured salmon, toasted almond goat cheese, grilled pear vinaigrette
2nd Course: Guinness-Hoisin Braised Kobe Beef Short Ribs
with tobacco onions, bacon-leek potato gratin, roasted root vegetables medley
3rd Course: Cherries Jubliee Tableside Flambé

Cost: $99 per person.

Check for seats at the door

Saturday, October 4, 2014

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

Sold Out!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

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!


Online Auction

Splendid items from premier locations will be available for lucky bidders during the online portion of Taste of Carmel. Have fun outbidding someone from another part of the US and then relish in the fact that you were the winner!

The Royal Bash
Silent Auction

Local establishments are showcasing themselves through an auction over the course of the evening. There will be plenty of time to linger and select your favorite items while enjoying the delicious food and wine offerings. This year's Silent Auction features overnight stays at fabulous hotels, wine, gourmet gift baskets, theater tickets and more!

The Royal Bash
Live Auction

When the live music stops, the live auction begins! Take a break from the food, wine and dancing and try your luck at bidding on exciting items featuring Dinner for a Year from outstanding local restaurants, the Wine Walk at Home and a Week in Tahoe.

Plan Your Trip

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.

Stay In Carmel

Staying in Carmel-by-the-Sea is a romantic and relaxing experience. You can park your car and walk to the beach, shopping, dining and wine tasting. The inns range from 4 to 80 rooms and most have breakfast included in the stay.

Dine In Carmel

Carmel has world-class dining establishments featuring world-renowned chefs all within walking distances of one another so you can have an amazing culinary experience day after day! Regardless of your budget, tasting the good life is easy to do in Carmel!