The Jellyfish Jubilee; a Celebration of Food & Wine

June 22, 2011

The Oregon Coast Aquarium is preparing for its annual fundraiser Saturday, September 17, 2011 from 6 – 9 pm. The 4th annual Jellyfish Jubilee; A Celebration of Food and Wine will fill the Aquarium with the aromas, tastes and sounds of exceptional Northwest cuisine, wines, live music and a silent auction benefiting the Aquarium’s animal care, exhibits and education programs. This year’s event will be more exciting than ever, with elaborate staging to create a fun and festive atmosphere.

The all-inclusive event includes the area’s finest culinary establishments, regional wineries offering their most tempting specialties and decadent desserts in a feast for all the senses, celebrating the bounty of the great Pacific Northwest. The music will be lively Caribbean steel drums played by Terry Baber, “Northwest Panman,” who plays Calypso, Jimmy Buffett, Bob Marley and more.

“This is the most beautiful time of year on the coast,” said Carrie Lewis, Aquarium President and CEO. “The Jellyfish Jubilee is an opportunity to see the Aquarium in a different setting while enjoying a summer evening with extraordinary food and exquisite wine.”

Chefs and vintners have been anticipating the opportunity to share their passion for extraordinary food and wine during this unique event surrounded by the shimmering waters of the Aquarium. Participating restaurants include Bay 839, Newport Shilo Inns Restaurant, The Starfish Grill, Savory Café & Pizzeria, Local Ocean Seafoods, The Bay House, South Beach Grill, Georgie’s Beachside Grill, Chinook Winds Casino and Restaurant Beck. Participating wineries include Eden Vale Winery, Sokol Blosser, Palotai Vineyard and Winery, Pyrenees Vineyard & Cellar, Oak Knoll Winery and Barefoot Wine & Bubbly.

Silent auction items have been graciously donated by A Posto, Alaska Airlines, Bay House, Bike Newport, Calise Soapworks, Castor Pullux, Dancing Mermaid Gallery, Diamonds by the Sea, Dove Lewis, Earthbound Beauty Day Spa, Fathoms, Four Legged Pets, Giclee/print by Hazel Schlesinger, Heathman Hotel, High Desert Museum, Jacksonville Inn, Jackson's Corner, Jerry's Rogue Jets Boats, Lara House, Marine Discovery Tours, Newport Bay Coffee, Ocean Trails Riding Stables, Oregon Coast Glassworks, Oregon Garden, Pedal Bike Tours, Puddy’s Place, Salem Residence Inn, Salishan Lodge & Golf, SeaPort Air, Shear Sensations and UpRiver Art Studio.

Tickets for admission to the event are $100 and available online at Aquarium members qualify for a 10% discount. Lodging discounts at select hotels will be offered with more information available online at  Visitors who mention Jellyfish Jubilee are entitled to lodging discounts in Newport; Elizabeth Street Inn offers a 20% discount; Shilo Inn, a $99.00 rate; and La Quinta offers a 20% discount.

West Coast Bank is the presenting sponsor of the Jellyfish Jubilee for the fourth year. Other sponsors include Wildlife Trading Company of New Mexico, Animal Medical Care of Newport, Marta and Ken Thrasher, Newport Shilo Inns, Wilder, Leopold Ketel & Partners and Oregon Coast Rentals. Media sponsors to date are Oregon Coast Magazine and Yaquina Bay Communications.