Ocean Institute Gourmet Food Music Festival


Ocean Institute’s largest fundraiser of the year features the best restaurants of Orange County and entertainment by Voices of Hope in support of ocean education programs

DANA POINT (February 12, 2020)—Ocean Institute Fest Culinary- Music Festival previously known as the Jazz Festival, will be on March 27 and 28, 2020. Monarch Beach Resort is this year’s title sponsor and the festival takes place over two extraordinary nights.

On Friday, March 27, guests will experience an all-inclusive Waterfront Food Festival featuring the best restaurants of Orange County. Executive chefs will present the crown jewels from their menus accompanied by a variety of unique craft cocktails, brought to you by Nolet’s/ Kettle One and The Blind Rabbit.

Saturday’s festivities include a performance by Voices of Hope as seen on America’s Got Talent and food from the best coastal culinary talent. Each ticket includes a six-course dinner curated by Monarch Beach Resort’s Executive Chef Jason Adams, along with executive chefs Kyle St. John from The Ranch at Laguna Beach, Ron Fougeray from Surf and Sand Resort, celebrity chef John Tesar from Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort and Spa, and Chef Rob Wilson formerly of the Montage and now Glasspar. This is Orange County’s only resort- driven culinary event.

Both nights feature live and silent auctions that directly support the Ocean Institute’s Adopt-A-Class program that provides underserved students with hands-on STEM education.

Dr. Wendy Marshall, President of Education and Operations, said, “Ocean Institute Fest is an exciting new twist to our long-standing annual celebration when the Ocean Institute’s community of friends comes together for a weekend of food, music, and fun all in support of our mission. The music and entertainment are sure to bring the audiences to their feet!

Again, this year, proceeds benefit Adopt-A-Class, which provides real-world learning experiences for thousands of students, most of whom have never seen the ocean. These experiences do not simply change a day in a child’s life, but rather change their perceptions of what life has to offer and the many possibilities that are open to them.”

LIVE 61, LA’s hottest entertainment, will be performing on Friday and Saturday. The auctioneer for each evening will be celebrity host Matt Rogers. Rogers has hosted many television shows, including Discovery Channel’s “Gold Rush: The Dirt”, “Deadliest Catch: The Bait.” and more.

Tickets for Friday start at $175 per admission with couples tickets at $300 per couple. Saturday night tickets start at $325 per individual seat and a limited number of Sponsorship tables remain. For more event details and tickets, visit oifest.org or call (949) 496-2274.

Ocean Institute, February 12, 2020, Media Release

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