It’s that time of year again – the temperatures are starting to drop, the sun is setting a little earlier each night and the annual Toast to the Coast event is back for another year, raising awareness and support for ocean conservation.
This year’s Toast to the Coast event, presented by CIBC, is taking place at the Vancouver Aquarium October 17 from 7:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Enjoy gourmet bites prepared by 14 top Ocean Wise™ restaurants, including The Fish House, The Raw Bar at Fairmont Pacific Rim, River Café and several other distinguished restaurants and Ocean Wise chefs from across the province. Complementing these bites will be sweet seductions from Soirette Macarons and Tea, Bella Geletaria, and Chez Christophe Chocolaterie and Patisserie.
Rub shoulders with Vancouver notables and many of the city’s up and coming entrepreneurs and professionals as you sip on signature B.C. wines, including Sage Hills, Fort Berens, Blasted Church and Bella Wine.
“The lively energy and buzz at Toast to the Coast is incredible and makes it one of my favourite events of the year,” says Samantha Hui, coordinator for external events at the Aquarium. “I am particularly excited about a new feature this year – the downstairs after party lounge with one of Vancouver’s most in-demand live entertainment acts, the Side One Band. Plus, there will be late night bites for those dancing the night away!”
This year there is more to sip, savour and explore than ever before in the newly expanded galleries of the Vancouver Aquarium. Explore the Teck Connections Gallery, check out the New Guinea exhibit or learn more about four-eyed fish, or Jamaican fruit bats.
From working with restaurants to provide sustainable seafood options, to mobilizing volunteers across Canada to clean up shorelines, all proceeds from Toast to the Coast support the Vancouver Aquarium’s important research, education and direct action programs that directly benefit ocean conservation.
This event has sold out four years in a row and tickets for this year are selling quickly. Purchase your tickets early to avoid missing out on one of Vancouver’s top gala events.
The Vancouver Trolley Company will run trolleys between Waterfront Station and the Vancouver Aquarium for guests of the event starting at 7:30 p.m., with the last trolley leaving the Aquarium at 11:45 p.m. Watch for the vintage-fashioned Vancouver Trolley and climb aboard.