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What is the Taste for Student Success?
It is the annual fundraiser for CSUSM; an open-air gathering held at the picturesque CSUSM campus. Guests enjoy samples from local wineries, breweries, restaurants, and other exhibitors. We have live music, games, a photo booth, and plenty of tastes! All funds support student success programs across CSUSM.


Is there any food available at the event?
Heck yes, and it’s included with your event ticket! There are many sample tastings donated by our generous partners. These sample portions do not constitute a meal, however, if you get around to all of our partner booths, it is likely your appetite will be more than satisfied as there are many to choose from. Therefore, we suggest you arrive when the event opens to seek out your favorite food and beverages for the best selections.

Based on guest attendance and the popularity of our partner’s restaurant, wine, beer or the selection that is being offered, it is possible that some items may run out sooner than others. We also encourage your patronage to our partners’ establishments to help us thank them for their generous donation to our event.

Will there be any water available?
Yes, there is a water station open throughout the event.

Are there places to sit down?
There are tables and chairs scattered throughout the event to sit, rest or socialize. Cocktail tables are also provided to stand. With respect to other guests, please don’t hold tables for the entirety of the event. We encourage our guests to circulate among all the tasting booths and sample all that is available. If you are a guest with special needs, please contact our office for seating arrangements.

Where will proceeds from this event go?
Proceeds from this event will benefit CSUSM student success programs across the University. Follow the links below to learn about the different programs:
Alumni Association:
Alumni Endowed Scholarship

College of Business Administration: Student Success Grant Program
College of Education, Health & Human Services: Student Success Grant Program
College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral & Social Sciences: Student Success Fund
College of Science & Mathematics: Undergraduate Travel Fund

How do I get to California State University San Marcos?
Click here for a map and to generate driving directions to the campus.

Is the event open to anyone who purchases a ticket?
Attendees must be 21 and over to attend the event.

What is the cost to attend the event?
General admission is $50. Alumni admission is $40. CSUSM faculty/staff/student admission is $30. Designated driver admission (food tastes only) is $20.

What is included in the ticket price?

  • Entry to the event

  • On campus event parking

  • Souvenir tasting glass

  • Unlimited tasting samples from restaurants

  • Unlimited tasting samples from participating wineries, breweries, and/or distilleries

  • Photos of you and your friends at the photo booth

How do I purchase tickets?
You can purchase tickets here right here on the website. For questions about purchasing tickets or for more information, call (760) 750-4410.

After I submit my ticket request, when will tickets be sent to me?
An email confirmation will be e-mailed to you shortly after your purchase. Nothing will be physically mailed.

Can I purchase tickets at the door?
Due to capacity limitations it is possible that the event will be sold out prior to the event date. Therefore, we cannot guarantee that tickets will be available at the door. You can purchase tickets at the door if they are available.

May I arrive anytime during the event?
You may arrive and check in any time between 3 PM and 6 PM. In order to take full advantage of the tasting, enjoy the entertainment, and peruse and bid on silent auction items, you’ll want to arrive early and give yourself plenty of time to experience it all. "Last call" is at 5:45 PM.

What about parking?
Parking for the event is included in the price of your ticket and will be available in the parking structure. Follow event signage when entering the campus on event day. Handicap accessible parking is also available at the event site. Provisions will be made for those requiring assistance to and from their vehicles to the venue via motorized cart.

What time does the silent auction begin?
The silent auction will begin at the start of the event at 3:00 pm and will end at 5:00 pm as to allow enough time for bidders to collect their prizes.

Who do I contact if I’m interested in being a sponsor or donating an auction item?
For event and auction info, contact the Event Coordinator: Michelle Romans at (760) 750-4410 or e-mail at


Please note that all sales for this event are final. No refunds or credits will be applied to your purchase. This event takes place regardless of weather conditions.

Pets and Children
Pets are not allowed at this event. Nobody under the age of 21 will be admitted.

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