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Festival to Welcome Record Number of Exhibitors

By Christine Vaughan

A record 41 breweries, wineries, distilleries and eateries will offer up delicious tastes and sips at CSUSM’s annual fundraising festival, Taste for Student Success, on Saturday, Oct. 20, benefiting student success initiatives across campus.

A handful of alumni had the special treat of going behind-the-scenes with some of the vendors and getting a first taste of what will be on the menu at Taste for Student Success.

The popularity of the festival continues to grow, with a record number of tickets sold to date and nearly double the number of exhibitors, including:

Pizza Port Brewing Co.Culver Beer Co.Stone Brewing Co.
Markstein Beverage Co.Twisted Horn Mead & CiderBoochcraft
Wavelength Brewing Co.Mike Hess BrewingNewtopia Cyder
Jersey Mike'sPizza NovaFreddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers
Ignite BistroPick Up StixSpinning Meats Catering
Prep KitchenBrother's Signature Catering & EventsFRESH Healthy Cafe
Wings-N-ThingsUrge GastropubRasta Rita
Kalifornia DistilleriesZeiler Spirits COLDCOCK WhiskeyPRP Wine International
La Fleur's WineryStehleon VineyardsForgotten Barrel
Mason AleworksMisadventure & CompanyTwin Oaks Valley Winery
Karl StraussPizza Port Brewing Co.Dickey's Barbeque Pit
The Steeping Giant CoffeeMama Kat'sKin Whiskey
JimbuchaBallast PointWilson Creek Winery
Sodexo CateringGrit Coffee 


The 21-and-up event is held on the University’s picturesque Kellogg Plaza. Tickets include event admission, tastes from all participating restaurants and 15 pours from wineries, breweries, and distilleries, and event parking.

  • General Admission -- $45
  • CSUSM Alumni -- $35
  • CSUSM Employees and Students -- $25
  • Designated Driver Admission -- $15

For more information and ticket sales, visit:

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