SOLANA BEACH — Residents are invited to learn about businesses in their community while sampling food and beverages poolside at Lomas Santa Fe Country Club during the Solana Beach Chamber of Commerce’s third Business & Food Expo from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct.1 at 1505 Lomas Santa Fe Drive.
Admission and samples from eight restaurants, including Crush, Juice Nation, T’s Café and Temecula Olive Oil Company, are free. The event will also include music from a Belly Up DJ, two full bars and raffles to win gift certificates for meals and services such as pet grooming and a portrait sitting.
Last year’s grand prize was a complimentary round of golf for four at Lomas Santa Fe Country Club.
The more than 30 participants include restaurants, banks, service providers and a hotel.
“The goal is to create a fun, interactive event so residents and their guests can mingle and meet business owners,” Merek Findling, the chamber’s director of social media and marketing, said. “They can learn about businesses they might not otherwise be exposed to.”
Findling said the chamber does a lot to promote Solana Beach businesses, but the focus is usually on restaurants and retail stores. The expo will provide some exposure for service-oriented businesses as well, he added.
The first expo, held at Carruth Cellars on Cedros Avenue, attracted about 200 community members, Findling said. The second event took place at Union Bank, so attendance was limited and about 175 residents participated.
This year, with a larger venue, the event could accommodate an additional 10 businesses. Participants are:
A.B. Window Cleaning
Beach Grass Café
Casa de Amistad
Courtyard by Marriott
Down to Earth Enterprises
European Wax Center
Fair Trade Décor
Hebe – Del Mar
Jill Fleming Photography/Hounds N’ Hooves Pet Portraits
Lomas Santa Fe Country Club
Next Wave Marketing
OnTrac Garage Doors
Realty Executives Pacific Gold
Simply Natural Skincare
Solana Beach Dream Dinners
Solana Beach Storage
State Farm Insurance – Linda Newell
Sydnee’s Pet Grooming
Temecula Olive Oil Company
The Coastal Dance Company
The Movement Lab
The Solana Beach Post Office
US Bank – Solana Beach Branch
“This will be a good time for residents of Solana Beach to have some free food, enjoy the atmosphere and get to know the business community a little better,” Findling said.
Call (858) 755-4775 for more information.