Soupbration: Benefit Event for Elephant Seals in Cambria, September 9

The Central Coast Traveler has written before about the Piedras Blancas Seal Rookery near Cambria. It’s one of the best attractions on the Central Coast, where thousands of seals relax and cavort on a scenic beach. Friends of the Elephant Seal (FES) is a wonderful non-profit organization that supports the rookery, raising funds for improvements, including the observation deck that enables closeup views without disturbing the inhabitants.

The real elephant seals of Piedras Blancas. And my pugs, Hugo and Lola, doing their best seal impression.

Charmaine Coimbra, a Traveler reader and FES Volunteer Coordinator, informed me about a benefit party for Friends and the Rookery: Soupbration. It’s happening Sunday September 9 from noon to 4 p.m. at Camp Ocean Pines. Here’s her press release about the event. Sounds like a wonderful time!

Camp Ocean Pines is one of the Central Coast’s best kept secrets for an event’s location, location, location. And September is “the best time,” says a camp spokesperson, to visit the secluded 13 acres of Monterey Pine forest that meets the Pacific Ocean.

Now take that location and add a foodie event that promises “to tangle with your taste buds,” when nine Central Coast restaurants/chefs from Shell Beach to San Simeon compete for the best soups around, add local boutique wineries, central coast artisan olive oils, vinegars, breads and cookies, and Sunday, September 9, 2012, from noon to 4 p.m. is a must do on your travel calendar.

This is the day when Friends of the Elephant Seal (FES) will host their second annual A Grand Ole Soupabration, tagged this year with “Soup, Wine, Authors & Art,” a fundraising event that benefits the local nonprofit organization’s Central Coast marine environment mission. FES is the organization that trains volunteer docents you find at the Elephant Seal Viewing Point on the Piedras Blancas bluffs, don royal blue jackets, and offers information about the near 17,000 northern elephant seals that annually haul out on the beach below the bluffs. (One of the fruits of FES’s fundraising efforts is the live web cam recently installed that now brings over 11,000 monthly hits to the FES website.)

Celebrity chefs, award winning authors and artists, will fill the camp’s main lodge and sunny lawns to help FES out with its fundraising efforts. Visit FES’s website for more information about the event.

Contact:
Charmaine Coimbra, Volunteer Event Coordinator
soupabration@live.com
805-927-3357

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