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Mission Brewery's New Tasting Room; SeaWorld Hosts Grand Food Festival

Plus, the I Love Poke Fest returns

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DOWNTOWN— Mission Brewery recently unveiled a new 5,429-square-foot tasting room at its production facility inside the historic Wonder Bread factory building. The two-story space has a 1,800-square-foot reclaimed wood-paneled wall built by a local craftsman and a garage-style window upstairs that looks out onto Petco Park.The brewery, which just added the nine-hop Plunder IPA to its core beer roster, is hosting a launch party for the beer on May 13 and is now making the tasting room available to rent for private events. [EaterWire]

MISSION BAY— SeaWorld San Diego kicks off its second annual Seven Seas Food Festival this Saturday, May 7. Running on weekends until June 12, the fest features nine food stations throughout the park that'll serve a variety of global cuisines, including South America, Asia, France, Mediterranean and the Caribbean, along with paired beverages ranging from wine to cocktails from SeaWorld's new tiki bar and local craft beer; representatives from San Diego breweries including AleSmith, Karl Strauss, Pizza Port, Mike Hess, Stone and more will be on hand during the fest. A Food and Drink Sampler ticket for five food and five drink items is $40 while a food and wine-only sampler is $35. [EaterWire]

SHELTER ISLAND— The I Love Poke Festival is holding its seventh annual event in San Diego at the Bali Hai on Tuesday, May 24 from 6 to 9 p.m. with 30 chefs and restaurants participating, including 20 competitors vying for the title of 'Best Poke' and another 10 serving Hawaiian and Asian-inspired food. There will also be live music and a poke-making demo. [EaterWire]