Inaugural Festival is Saturday, January 30 in Princeton-By-The-Sea
HALF MOON BAY, CALIFORNIA (January 15, 2016) – Are you ready for some seafood? The inaugural SOS Seafood Festival: Sustaining Our Seas will be held Saturday, January 30 (rain or shine) from 10 am to 5 pm in the vast outdoor lots surrounding Half Moon Bay Brewing Company overlooking picturesque Pillar Point Harbor in Princeton-By-The-Sea, the historic and funky fishing hamlet 4 miles north of Half Moon Bay.
Our headliner, the SOS Seafood For Thought Chefs Pavilion will include celebrity chefs’ demos, an expert panel discussion on the effects of ocean warming, seafood sustainability, the seafood chain, and the role of the restaurant industry and food-serving community in helping to shape the future of seafood. Plus a complimentary tasting of award-winning wine from Half Moon Bay’s Barterra Winery and Mavericks Brewing Company’s newest version of its popular Tunnel Vision IPA brewed using recycled water. The SOS Seafood For Thought Chefs Pavilion is curated by the Google Food Team led by Teaching Kitchen Program Manager Liv Wu and award-winning Edible Silicon Valley Magazine led by Publisher and Editor Kerri Stenson.
The festival includes food trucks and booths from the fantastic Google Food team, Off The Grid, The Taco Guys, Sam’s Chowder House, Seville Tapas and Ultimate Souvlaki serving fabulous fresh, sustainable seafood and other incredible edibles in SOS Food Truck City, and colorful SOS Beverage Bistros sprinkled throughout the event will feature a variety of local award-winning wines from Barterra Winery and Half Moon Bay Winery, world-class small batch craft beers from Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, South City Hard Cider and refreshingly delicious SOS specialty cocktails from Half Moon Bay Distillery.
The SOS Mavericks Concert Stage, located amidst a magnificent grove of Monterey Cypress trees, will feature a stellar lineup of all-day headliner entertainment featuring The House Rockers, Mustache Harbor, Rumbache and The Lady Crooners.
The SOS Cool Coastal Marketplace will offer ocean-inspired arts and crafts and ocean advocacy groups with exhibits and information on ocean preservation, marine life, fisheries and sustainability.
The world-renowned Earth Circus will wow festival goers with a stunning repertoire of high-quality, artistic entertainment from the mesmerizing to the thrilling… amazing stilters, fascinating acrobats and jugglers, plus unique facepainting for kids.
Across the street, in the “Field of Dreams” lot overlooking the harbor, is the free-admission Fin-Tastic Funzone, sponsored by Sam’s Chowder House, with an array of awesome attractions for kids including a high-flying zip-line, super-thrilling bungee jump, wild and wacky waterballerz, challenging rock climbing wall, performers from the inimitable Sardine Family Circus and plenty of family-friendly food, fun and games.
Organizers of the Half Moon Bay Crab Fest recast their 2016 event as the SOS Seafood Festival as a result of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s emergency ruling to delay the opening of the commercial crab season due to high levels of domoic acid and all the uncertainty surrounding the season.
SOS is the international Morse code distress signal being highlighted in the event name to call attention to the current state of ocean life and our need to address and remedy it.
Your ticket purchase is a tax deductible contribution to Mavericks Coastside Foundation, a 501 C-3 organization, as allowed by law. The primary charitable beneficiaries are Mavericks Coastside Foundation and the Cabrillo Education Foundation.
Tickets are available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/
Age 20 and under receive free admission but each person age 20 and under must be accompanied by an adult ticket holder (on the Brewing Company side of the event).
Admission is free for all across the street in the Fin-Tastic Funzone.
Limited vehicle and bicycle parking are available in the large lot directly across the street from the event.
Pets are not allowed on the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company side of the event.
The festival will take place rain or shine.