Wharf Fest Comes to Fisherman’s Wharf October 26 & 27 11am-6pm

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Waterfront Food, Music & Arts Fall Festival Grows out of Fleet Week Cutbacks

With the majority of Fleet Week activities on hold and the Blue Angels grounded for 2013, the Fisherman’s Wharf Community Benefit District is throwing the ultimate festival to celebrate San Francisco’s historic waterfront district.

Wharf Fest, the first free Fisherman’s Wharf street festival, kicks off the weekend of October 26 and 27. With the majority of Fleet Week activities on hold and the Blue Angels grounded for 2013, the Fisherman’s Wharf Community Benefit District is throwing the ultimate festival to celebrate San Francisco’s historic waterfront district and invite Bay Area locals to visit the district before San Francisco’s fabulous fall climate fades away. This year’s festival will include a chowder competition, live music, food & wine, art, craft beer tasting, a chef’s demonstration kitchen, children’s activities and rides, and more. Saturday will be topped off with a screening of the award-winning films from last year’s San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival at the Bay Theater and a spectacular fireworks show at PIER 39.

Wharf Fest marks milestone occasions for the area such as PIER 39's 35th Anniversary and the 50th Anniversary of Hyde Street Pier’s public opening.

Family-friendly entertainment will extend throughout Fisherman’s Wharf, on Jefferson and Beach Streets from Ghirardelli Square to PIER 39. Several blocks of Jefferson Street will be closed for pedestrian-only access and special exhibitors including Fisherman’s Wharf merchants, local artists, and seafood restaurants.

At Wharf Fest’s chowder competition, on Saturday, October 26, the restaurants of California’s chowder capital will battle it out for the title of best Fisherman’s Wharf chowder. Contestants will range from classic establishments like Bistro Boudin, Alioto’s and Fisherman’s Grotto #9 to new Wharf restaurants. Tickets will be sold for a nominal tasting fee online and at the event. The second day of culinary entertainment, Sunday October 27, will culminate with a lively demonstration kitchen featuring the neighborhood’s top chefs. Foodie-focused events will take place under the iconic Fisherman’s Wharf crab wheel at the intersection of Jefferson and Taylor streets.

The event will be a blast for all ages. Tickets can be purchased at the event for the carnival ride zone near Aquatic Park’s beach, dubbed “Playland at the Beach.” The kids won’t want to miss special appearances from the neighborhood’s mascot characters. Adults will have their fun too with live music at PIER 39 and craft beer and wine stations and a DJ next to Aquatic Park.

Wharf Fest is hosted by the Fisherman’s Wharf Community Benefit District and produced by Steven Restivo Event Services. Visit the Fisherman's Wharf information table at Jefferson and Taylor Streets during the event to learn how you can enter to win tickets to see Amaluna, the new show by Cirque du Soleil, which opens in San Francisco in November, 2013. Other sponsors of the event include the Port of San Francisco, Big Bus, The National Liberty Ship Memorial/S.S. Jeremiah O'Brien, PIER 39, Artemia Communications, and Ellis Eye Center of Northern California.

Please visit WharfFest.com for upcoming entertainment lineup announcement, chowder tasting tickets, and more information.

ABOUT THE FISHERMAN’S WHARF COMMUNITY BENEFIT DISTRICT
The Fisherman’s Wharf Community Benefit District (visitfishermanswharf.com) was founded in November of 2005 by the business and property owners of the San Francisco neighborhood. The district is funded through an annual assessment for 15 years from the property owners. The purpose of the Fisherman’s Wharf Community Benefit District is to preserve and enhance its vast San Francisco waterfront landscape and multi-cultural heritage, while integrating modern efficiencies to enrich the experience of visitors from both near and far.

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CALENDAR EDITORS, PLEASE NOTE:
CONTACT:
Troy Campbell
Fisherman’s Wharf Community Benefit District
Executive Director
(415) 673-3530
troy(at)visitfishermanswharf(dot)com
Wharf Fest Comes to Fisherman’s Wharf October 26 & 27 11am-6pm
Waterfront Food, Music & Arts Fall Festival Grows out of Fleet Week Cutbacks
WHAT:         Wharf Fest
WHEN:         Saturday, October 26 & Sunday, October 27, 2013
11am to 6pm both days
WHERE:    Jefferson & Beach Streets, Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco
(from Ghirardelli Square to PIER 39)
*Central Intersection- Jefferson & Taylor Streets
COST:         This event is free and open to the public.
INFO:     Call (800) 310-6563 or visit WharfFest.com

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