Farallones Marine Sanctuary's Ocean Fest 2005
SAN FRANCISCO - August 8, 2005. On Saturday, October 8h from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. the Gulf of the Farallones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries, and the nonprofit Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association will sponsor their annual Ocean Fest 2005 to celebrate "The Ocean Where Life Begins." Ocean Fest is at the Farallones Visitor Center, West Crissy Field Beach in the Presidio. Admission is free, and the event is handicapped accessible. The event coincides with Fleet Week's air show and other festivities.
Top Bay Area restaurants, including Farallon and Greens, will contribute their culinary wizardry to serve up gourmet barbecue sustainably-caught seafood and organic vegetarian specialties. Local vintners and breweries provide the libations. A gourmet meal, or wine and beer tasting, is $10 per person. Proceeds benefit the environmental education and volunteer programs of Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary.
Ocean Fest also celebrates the sanctuary's "fleet" of white sharks, with shark-themed exhibits from the sanctuary's Shark Mobile educational outreach program, including life-sized models of white sharks and elephant seals, their favorite prey. A Marine Discovery Fair offers special activities for all ages, naturalists provide tips on responsible wildlife watching and information about the wildlife and cultural resources of the sanctuaries. A Farmer's Market will feature locally grown, seasonal produce. A raffle will feature a Baja kayaking trip for two from Bluewaters Kayaking and other great prizes. Thousands attend this annual event, so public transit (Muni #29), cycling or carpooling are recommended.
The Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, a division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), protects 1,255 square miles of open ocean, bay and wetlands. The Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association supports the work of the Sanctuary in protecting its natural and cultural resources. For information and directions call 415/ 561-6625 or visit www.farallones.org.
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