Celebrate ocean wonders on Friday, October 19 at the Toast to the Coast fundraising event in support of Ocean Wise and Vancouver Aquarium. This anticipated annual event combines cocktails, canapés, and ocean conservation for a lively reception — with bites crafted by some of B.C.’s finest culinary creators — in honour of our ocean.

Surrounded by a backdrop of aquatic creatures, guests will delight in delectable bites crafted by Ocean Wise Seafood champions, including  including ARC Restaurant, Diva at the Metropolitan, The Lobby Lounge and RawBar, Market by Jean-Georges, Minami, and Notch8 Restaurant, as well as Ocean Wise Executive Chef Ned Bell’s outstanding culinary creations.

Canapés will be paired with pours from the province’s top wineries, breweries, and distilleries, including Clos du Soleil, Stags Hollow, Long Table Distillery, Postmark Brewing, Stanley Park Brewing, Salt Spring Coffee, and Walter Caesar. Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts, The Pointe at Wickaninnish Inn, while Uno Gelato will tantalize taste buds with dessert.

Toast to the Coast’s silent auction is another highlight of the evening. Guests can bid on an impressive array of auction items that appeal to adventurers, arts and culture buffs, fashionistas, sports fans, luxury travelers, and gourmands. Prizes include a one-week stay for up to six guests at a villa in Mérida, Mexico, an inflatable stand-up paddleboard from Thurso Surf, as well as a custom tailored suit from Indochino.

Toast to the Coast proceeds directly support Ocean Wise’s many conservation programs including Ocean Wise Seafood, the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, Plastic Wise, Coastal Ocean Research Institute, Vancouver Aquarium and its Marine Mammal Rescue Centre.

“With ocean plastic pollution awareness mounting, conversations about ocean health are becoming more prevalent. It’s an exciting time to bring people together in support of ocean conservation. Toast to the Coast is going to be a great celebration of our ocean and our community of ocean supporters.”  – Dr. John Nightingale, President and CEO, Ocean Wise.

Tickets may be purchased individually ($150) or as a package for 10 ($1,400). This event sells out quickly and tickets should be purchased early to avoid disappointment. To view full event details and to purchase tickets, visit vanaqua.org/tttc.

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