One of my favorite foodie fundraisers of the year is this Saturday — Zoobilee at the Sedgwick County Zoo. It’s something to behold — live bands, Wichitans dressed in clingly animal print, and moneyed Wichitans battling it out with auction paddes for the right to name baby animals.
Best of all, though, Zoobilee offers food and adult beverages from a long list of Wichita restaurants spread throughout the zoo. And it’s the only day of the year that the zoo actually closes down to the public.
Among the restaurants that will be participating this year are Mike’s Wine Dive, On the Border, Il Vicino, River City Brewing Co. and Freddy’s Frozen Custard.
The ticket is not cheap — $125 a person. But part of it is tax deductible, and in my experience, it’s worth every cent. Money raised goes toward keeping the zoo fabulous.
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I realized recently that I’ve been to the zoo more times for Zoobilee than I have been for just regular zoo visiting purposes. What does that say about me?
I’ll be there again this year, gathering blog reports and serving as a roadie for my BFF Jaime Green, whose band The Mudbugs is playing at the event.