SOS Seafood Festival: Sustaining Our Seas Inaugural Festival is Saturday, January 30 in Princeton-By-The-Sea

December 14, 2015
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SOS Seafood Festival: Sustaining Our Seas honors the Half Moon Bay area’s major fishing industry and world-class fishing fleet out of Pillar Point Harbor and 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 the picturesque harbor in Princeton-By-The-Sea, the historic and funky fishing hamlet 4 miles north of Half Moon Bay.

The festival includes food trucks, some from the fantastic Google Food team, 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 Half Moon Bay and Santa Cruz Mountains wines, small batch craft beers and unique SOS special cocktails.

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, booths by local surf and watersports businesses plus ocean advocacy groups with exhibits and information on marine life, fisheries and sustainability.

The SOS Seafood For Thought Chefs' Pavilion will include celebrity chefs’ demos, talks on ocean warming and sustainability, the seafood chain, and the role of the restaurant industry and food-serving community in helping to shape the future of local 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.

Chefs and speakers will be 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.

Across the street, in the “Field of Dreams” lot overlooking the harbor, is the Fin-Tastic Funzone 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, entertainment, 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 our event name to call attention to the current state of ocean life and our need to address and remedy it.

SOS Seafood Festival sponsors include Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, Mavericks Brewing Company, Miramar Events, Google, Bon Appetit, Half Moon Bay Distillery, Barterra Winery, Edible Silicon Valley Magazine, Oceano Hotel & Spa, Vulcan Materials, San Mateo County Harbor District, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Seafood Watch, Half Moon Bay Coastside Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau, and San Mateo County/Silicon Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau, Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association, Monterey Fish Company, KOFY TV 20, Half Moon Bay Review, Team Pro Event, The Graphic Works, San Mateo County/Silicon Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau, Half Moon Bay Coastside Chamber of Commerce, Alifano Technologies,, Half Moon Bay Seafood Marketing Association, and HMB Media.

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.

Pre-sale, early bird ticket packages ($40 – good for one adult admission, a festival glass and three drink tickets) are available at

Age 20 and under receive free admission but each person age 20 and under must be accompanied by an adult ticket holder.

Vehicle and bicycle parking are available in the large lot directly across the street from the event.

Pets are not allowed at the event.

The festival will take place rain or shine.

For information, call 650-728-2739 x207 or visit


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