On Saturday, October 17, head down to the Santa Monica pier for the Off The Hook Seafood Festival, featuring all-you-can-eat seafood, an oyster-shucking competition, live music, and more, all while supporting a good cause!

Two good causes, actually. First, proceeds from the festival go to support the Westside Food Bank, whose mission is to distribute as much food as possible to local agencies with food assistance programs and to reduce food waste on the Westside of Los Angeles County. As the food bank warehouse for the Westside since 1981, the organization annually distributes 4.5 million pounds of food to over 70 local social service agencies.

The other goal of this festival is to create awareness for the sustainable seafood movement through a partnership with Seafood for the Future, a nonprofit advisory program of Aquarium of the Pacific. OFF THE HOOK helps to raise awareness and support for the sustainable seafood movement, by educating consumers about the benefits of eating seafood and how to preserve the ocean.

Participating in the event are some of the Westside's top seafood restaurants, including Herringbone, Del Frisco's Grille, The Lobster, 1212, Boa Steakhouse, Sushi Roku, Spin Fish, Bubba Gump, Sicilian, The Albright, Salt & Straw, and Dock to Dish. Where else can you sample culinary wonders from so many fine seafood chefs, all in the festive atmosphere of the Santa Monica pier?

Tips for Enjoying Seafood from "Seafood for the Future"

How can you help the Sustainable Seafood movement & Eat More Seafood that’s healthy and locally sourced? Check out the tips below:

  • Seafood is one of the healthiest sources of protein on the planet! It is an excellent source of low-fat protein that is packed with nutrients like Omega-3 fatty acids that provide health benefits for people of all ages.
  • Don’t just stick with the same seafood you’ve always been eating. By choosing different types of seafood, you also help reduce pressure on highly targeted species. And you may discover some new favorites.
  • Take the family on a fun outing to one of the many fisherman’s markets scattered throughout the coast to find out from local fishermen what the catch of the day is, and leave with a healthy seafood dinner for you and your family.
  • Just as with fruits and vegetables, certain seafood items can only be harvested at certain times of the year. By knowing what’s in season, you can choose local seafood at its freshest.
  • Shrimp is the most consumed seafood item in the U.S. and most of it is imported. Try these four types of shrimp that are harvested responsibly right here in Southern California:
    • Spot Prawns
    • Ridgeback Shrimp
    • Pink (Ocean) Shrimp
    • Coonstrip Shrimp
  • Eat more seafood from a balanced supply of well-managed wild-capture fisheries and environmentally-responsible aquaculture.
  • Buying local helps keep dollars and jobs in the U.S. and rewards those who are abiding by a stringent suite of rules and regulations designed to promote healthy ocean ecosystems and communities.