Pacific Wildlife Care (PWC) picked up 45 wild animals in Cambria and 25 in San Simeon during 2014. In all of San Luis Obispo County, 2,448 animals were retrieved, according to the recently released annual report from PWC.
The number of animals picked up in 2015 will exceed those rescued in 2014, PWC officials say. This is why fundraisers like this Sunday afternoon’s (Nov. 1) fifth annual Soupabration! will be staged in the Morro Bay Community Center and benefit PWC. This is also why about 27 countywide food and wine industry businesses will bring their best soups, wine and chocolate to compete for awards and showcase their skills to Soupabration’s foodie and PWC supporters.
Soupabration! A Carnival of Soup, Wine & Chocolate is one of PWC’s annual events that draws hundreds of folks who love sampling the artisan soups and tasting local wines. This year, chefs will pair their soups with a wine from one of the 11 participating wineries. Celebrity judges will pick the best soups, and attendees will vote for their favorite soup and favorite wine.
Soup tasting and wine pairing begins at 11 a.m. for VIP ticket holders. A few limited VIP tickets were still available at press time. Doors open for general admission at noon. Chefs will offer their soups for tasting until 2 p.m. Then, three pastry chefs will bring in cookies that use chocolate for attendee tasting and voting for their favorite cookie.
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About six of the participating wineries will remain throughout the event for additional wine tasting.
Mama Ganache Artisan Chocolates will make chocolate throughout the entire event, and We Olive will offer olive product tastings, as well. Beer samplings from Firestone Brewery will also be available.
But it is the wildlife ambassadors that highlight the event. Rescued owls, hawks, ravens and more will be on hand throughout the day to greet attendees.
Entertainment will include the Benat Serat Belly Dance Troupe, and a live and silent auction.
In the carnival spirit, free popcorn and peanuts, and a game to win donated bottles of wine will be offered.
Charmaine Coimbra is a local volunteer coordinator and writer whose column on volunteering appears monthly in The Cambrian.