Aquarium of the Pacific Sea Fare Fundraiser Returns With Chowder Focus – Orange County Register

For the first time in three years, hundreds of people will spend a Saturday night at the Aquarium of the Pacific eating, drinking and – officials hope – spending money on the annual Sea Fare.

Chowder will be the focus of this year’s event on Saturday, October 15th. About 10 restaurants will compete for the title of best chowder at Chowderfest; But there will be plenty of other tastings, craft brews, and even a kombucha station, according to Erin Keim, events coordinator in the aquarium’s development department.

The last Sea Fare took place in October 2019. There have been fundraisers since then, but this is the first time the aquarium has been open to the public on a Saturday to celebrate the night away.

“We have some changes in store,” said Keim. “There’s Chowderfest – we have 10 returning restaurants and 14 new ones. They won’t all make chowder either.

“We’re really coming back to the aquarium,” she added. “It’s literal. We provide restaurants in the interior galleries along with educational stations with our staff.”

The $100 ticket includes complimentary wine and beer, and there will also be cash bars. The traditional live and silent auctions will also return, with an added focus on the aquarium, including items like paintings of native animals that will be available, Keim said. There will also be three artists – Sam Carter, Gina Hsiang and Skut – creating live aquarium-inspired artwork and available for bids.

One of the most popular activities, Go Fish, will also return, Keim said. People fish in $25 or $75 ponds and are guaranteed to win a prize worth at least that amount.

“Sea Fare Chowderfest is a celebration of the animals, conservation efforts and educational programs at the aquarium that help connect the public, from adults to school children, with the sea and the environment,” said Ryan Ashton, the aquarium’s vice president of development . “We rely on the support of our loyal donors, members and community and are so grateful for their generosity.” Aquarium of the Pacific Sea Fare Fundraiser Returns With Chowder Focus – Orange County Register

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