Wharf Fest Returns to Fisherman's Wharf on October 25

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Celebrate San Francisco’s Historic Waterfront District with a Chowder Competition, Fashion Show, Bike Decorating Contest, Film Festival Screening, Fireworks, and More!

Wharf Fest, a free Fisherman’s Wharf festival, returns to San Francisco’s iconic neighborhood on October 25, 2014 from 11 AM to 9 PM. 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 after the tourist season has ended and before San Francisco’s fabulous fall climate fades away. This year’s festival will include a chowder cook-off competition, maritime themed activities, a bike decorating contest, and a “trashy” fashion show. The day will be topped off with a screening of the "Best of the Fest" animated films from the San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival and a spectacular fireworks show at PIER 39.

These family-friendly events will be held at the hub of the district, Jefferson and Taylor Streets, next to the iconic crab wheel sign as well as a stretch of the Embarcadero which overlooks the Pier 41 promenade and has amazing views of Alcatraz Island.

At Wharf Fest’s chowder cook-off competition, the restaurants of California’s chowder capital will battle it out in hopes to capture the titles from last year’s winners, #9 Fisherman's Grotto (Judges Award) and the Blue Mermaid Chowder House & Bar (People's Choice Award). Participants will get to taste all the chowders and vote for their favorite. Tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased online for $10 at WharFest.com.

In addition to the return of the chowder cook-off competition, this year will include several events that highlight the district’s quirky maritime personality. To celebrate Fisherman's Wharf and the Port of San Francisco's commitment to making the area a zero waste zone, there will be a “trashy” fashion show. The runway show will feature professional and amateur designers who have made their fashion creations solely out of recyclable materials.

Another new addition to this year’s festival will be a bike decorating contest. Fisherman’s Wharf, the City’s epicenter of bike rentals and cycling, is offering a cash prize of $500 to the most creative bike transformation. Participants can register for at WharfFest.com.

Back by popular demand for this year’s festival is a “Best of the Fest” showcase of the San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival’s films. This year’s lineup will feature the fest’s best short animated films. Tickets are available online for $8 for general admission at WharfFest.com. Children 12 and under at no cost.

Other features of Wharf Fest will be a fishing and maritime display as well a photo opportunity for children with a special appearance from the neighborhood’s mascots.

The highlights of the evening’s events will include DJ LP playing the latest dance tunes at the end of PIER 39, followed by PIER 39’s dazzling fireworks display over San Francisco Bay at 8:30 PM.

Wharf Fest is hosted by the Fisherman’s Wharf Community Benefit District and produced by Steven Restivo Event Services. Other sponsors of the event include the Port of San Francisco, Big Bus, Ripley's Believe It or Not, PIER 39, and KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities from Cirque du Soleil.

Please visit WharfFest.com for more details, learn about sponsorship opportunities and to purchase chowder tasting tickets and movie tickets.

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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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 25
WHAT: Wharf Fest
WHEN: Saturday, October 25 11:00 AM to 8:30 PM
WHERE: The intersection of Jefferson & Taylor Streets, Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco
COST: FREE and open to the public with the exception of the chowder competition which is $10 if purchased in advance and the San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival "Best of the Fest" animated films which is $8 if purchased in advance (children 12 and under at no cost).
INFO: Call (800) 310-6563 or visit WharfFest.com

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