Local Chefs Help Guide Diners to Safe and Sustainable Choices
Rock the Boat Sustainable Seafood Festival is sold out. Please join us next year.
Seafood in Albuquerque? Absolutely! The Rock the Boat Sustainable Seafood Festival, Thursday, June 7 from 6 - 9 p.m., features dozens of local chefs cooking up fresh, eco-conscious seafood at the ABQ BioPark Aquarium.
"Which fish should I avoid because of mercury levels? Is farmed or wild-caught salmon better? With concerns about toxins and over-fishing, many people have struggled over seafood choices on a restaurant menu or at the grocery counter," said Holly Casman, Aquarium Manager. "There are lots of delicious and sustainable seafood choices out there, and the Rock the Boat Festival is a great way to learn about them."
Nibble on delicious seafood obtained in ways that protect the ocean and prepared by some of Albuquerque's finest restaurants: Farm & Table, Hyatt Tamaya - Santa Ana Café, Marcello's Chop House, The Ranchers Club, Pelican's, Savoy Bar & Grill, Seasons Rotisserie & Grill, Standard Diner, Taste of the Wild Catering, Whole Foods and Zinc Wine Bar & Bistro.
The evening will also feature a special screening of the one-hour documentary Red Gold about the pristine salmon fisheries of Bristol Bay, Alaska, and the threats posed by Pebble Mine, a proposed gold and copper mine at the headwaters of rivers that feed the bay.
Catch live music by The Chris Dracup Band, wine samplings courtesy of National Distributing, cooking demonstrations, dessert stations by Rebel Donut and Caked throughout the Aquarium and more. Learn about the importance of sustainable seafood and where you can buy it.
Tickets are $30 and can be purchased in advance at www.RockTheBoatFestival.com or at the door on event night. Proceeds benefit the ABQ BioPark Aquarium.
"It's important to choose sustainable seafood to protect ocean ecosystems and to ensure that future generations can also enjoy the seafood we love to eat," said Casman.
The Rock the Boat Sustainable Seafood Festival is presented by the New Mexico BioPark Society and Seattle Fish Company of New Mexico and sponsored by Whole Foods Market, Century Bank, Nordic Naturals and 99.5 Magic FM.