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June 12, 2018 > Zoo offers Epicurean Escapade

Zoo offers Epicurean Escapade

Submitted By Oakland Zoo

Get ready for Oakland Zoo?s 26th annual ?Walk in the Wild: An Epicurean Escapade?! Experience a unique evening strolling through the zoo while sampling cuisine from the Bay Area?s top chefs and restaurants, microbreweries and wineries. End the night with live music and desserts.

The Saturday, June 23 event is offering a VIP pre-party that will include an exclusive preview of the extraordinary new California Trail before it opens to the public on Thursday, July 12. A transformational project that will further our commitments to animal care, education, and conservation, California Trail provides a chance to interpret one of the great stories of change in California and emphasizes the role of humans in shaping the ecology of the San Francisco Bay Area. Through live native animal and plant exhibits, the zoo will highlight the delicate balance between plants, animals, and humans?and the impact of change on all three. Animals will include American bison, America black bear, California condors, bald eagles, grey wolves, grizzly bears, jaguars, and mountain lions. VIPs will enjoy the site with gourmet hors d?oeuvres, boutique wines, and micro-brewed beers.

At the main event, attendees will sample delectable delights from over 100 caterers, restaurants, breweries and wineries located throughout the zoo. Participants include 21st Amendment Brewery, alaMar Kitchen & Bar, Alameda Island Brewing Co., Ballast Point Brewing and Spirits, Barefoot Wine, Bellanico Restaurant & Wine Bar, Big Country Kitchen, Black Bull Tacos y Cerveza, Blue Heron Catering, Bonne Vie, Buddy's Bites & Brews, Buffalo Bill's Brewery, The Carvery Catering, Dashe Cellars, Drake's Brewing Company, E.J. Phair Brewing Company, E & O Kitchen and Bar, Eight Bridges Brewing, Elliston Vineyards, Faction Brewing Company, Fenestra Winery, Fentons Creamery, Firebrand Artisan Breads, Fusion Jerky, Gregory's Gourmet Desserts, Grilled Cheez Guy, Home of Chicken and Waffles, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, Kinder's BBQ, Kitson Wines, Ladyfingers Bakery, Lava Pit Hawaiian Grill, McLaughlin Coffee Company, Marley's Treats, Mercy Vineyards, Milk and Cookie Bar, Montibella Sausage Company, Murrieta's Well Winery, New Belgium Brewing, Noodles Pho Me, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Numi Organic Tea, Otaez Mexican Restaurant, Pizza Antica, Portales Taqueria, Rock Wall Wine Company, Rosamunde Sausage Grill, Salt and Honey Catering, Semifreddi's, South City Cider, Speakeasy Ales & Lagers, Three Twins, Trumer Brauerei, Tsingtao Beer, Two Local Girls & Rocky's Market, Upper Crust Bakery, Urban Legend Cellars, Vitality Bowls, Wani?s Market, and World Ground Caf‚.

Guests will also be able to take a gondola ride over the rolling hills of Knowland Park to the California Trail site for spectacular views of the Bay Area. Cap off the night with delightful desserts and dancing to live music.

About 1,500 people typically turn out for Walk in the Wild, a fundraising event that supports care of the animals, environmental education to tens of thousands of Bay Area children, and the over 25 wildlife conservation programs Oakland Zoo works with.

VIP tickets (includes Main Event) are $275 per person for zoo members and $300 for non-members. Main Event tickets are $170 per person for zoo members and $195 for non-members. Attendees must be 21 or over.

Walk in the Wild
Saturday, Jun 23
4:00 p.m. ? 5:30 p.m.: VIP California Trail Experience
5:30 p.m. ? 8:00 p.m.: Main Event
8:00 p.m. ? 10:00 p.m.: Dancing and Dessert
Oakland Zoo
9777 Golf Links Rd, Oakland
(510) 632-9523 x 158
Tickets: $195 non-members, $170 members; $300 VIP non-members, $275 VIP members

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