Head to the Sustainable Seafood Expo Oct. 1st!


Tuna stack to by served by Anthony Walker Catering / Photo by Lori Stokoe

Head to Cabrillo Marine Aquarium this Sunday, Oct. 1 for the 4th Annual Sustainable Seafood Expo! The goal of the event is to teach consumers how to choose the right fish for their dish—one that’s good for their bodies AND for the environment. Actor Adrian Grenier of “Entourage” fame and a U.N. Goodwill Ambassador will discuss the Strawless Ocean initiative (#stopsucking campaign) dedicated to reducing plastics in the ocean.

This year 20 restaurants and caterers will be serving up scrumptious seafood samples – that’s the most ever! Participants include 22nd Street Landing Restaurant, Parker’s Lighthouse, Gladstone’s Long Beach, Ports O’Call Waterfront Dining, Tender Greens and Executive Chef Bernard Ibarra of Terranea Resort, just to name a few.

Even better, this year you can attend the Sustainable Seafood Expo for free! Come to the Aquarium and meet chefs, learn from cooking demos, stop by informational booths and watch educational movies. Check out all the activities and information first, then try some samples if you like for as little as $5 each.

For those who want to purchase food, there are two ticket options. You can buy one ticket for $10, which includes two tastes with the option to purchase additional tastes for $5 each OR purchase an all-inclusive ticket for $60 that includes one taste from each seafood booth plus one drink (that’s a value of $100).

I have to admit I’m extremely biased in favor of this event. First, the event is produced by Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and its non-profit fundraising organization FRIENDS, which I work for (however I was not paid to write this article, although I did borrow some of the language I already wrote for the event) and both of which do amazing work educating people about ocean health.

Second, this topic is super important. If we are going to sustain wild, diverse and healthy ocean ecosystems into the future, we have to become smart consumers! The Expo provides great opportunities to sample new seafood options while learning how to make the best selections when dining out or cooking at home.

So I hope to see you at the Sustainable Seafood Expo on Sunday, Oct. 1 from noon to 5pm at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium. I’ll be helping with registration, make sure you stop by and say hi!

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