Last Saturday, the Port of San Diego docked family fun to the community’s harbor with the annual Chula Vista HarborFest. The marina was transformed into a festival of fine food, various vendors and memorable musical acts.
While open to all ages, this was truly an event aimed at families. Equinox Laser Tag provided an obstacle course for the pint-sized partners to play around while their parents could practice their yoga poses with instructors from Hapa Yoga and Kula Yoga.
A cadre of costumed canines paraded around the park for the top prize of belly rubs and noms. Three bouncy castles, provided by Bounce SD, gave parents a breather and gave kids a chance to climb, rebound and ricochet off the walls for free.
For the older crowd, three stages were set across the marina for optimum acoustics. The Main Stage pumped up the volume with the sounds of The Regrettes, DJ Decon, and Braeves, while providing beers and margaritas in their nearby lounge area. On the other side, the Seven Mile Casino sponsor ignited the Latin Beats Stage with such acts as DJ Shadowman, Manny Cepeda and GOMA. While, the sponsored BAE Systems stage slowed the tempo and gave crowds a good time with artists like Ignant Benches and Folkin’ Around.
Food trucks peppered throughout the festival brought their famous dishes. Tacos El Rorro served up authentic Mexican cuisine while Big Joy Family Bakery delivered big on their macaroons. But food trucks weren’t the only kitchens open at the marina. The HarborFest held an event within an event; hosting the ‘Tacos, Spirits & Craft Beer Revolution’ near the Latin Beats Stage. For a set amount, festival goers dined on unlimited tacos from famous San Diegan chefs and drank to their hearts’ content from breweries like Hess, Sanctum Ale House and Chula Vista Brewery.
The ‘Tacos, Spirits & Craft Beer Revolution’ was not televised, as this affair was walled up to keep an air of exclusivity for its paying patrons.
The marina is, by itself, a centerpiece for the Chula Vista community. With events like the HarborFest, it defines itself as a desirable destination for San Diegans.