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Please note: I am hosting this event for both Gay Foodies and Pleasure Palate. This is part of a series of events I am hosting that day. They are all a la carte - meaning you don't have to attend the other events to attend this one. This event is held on Father's Day.
The picnic officially starts at 6 PM, and the park is expected to close around 8 PM - that's when sunset kicks in. You are welcome to arrive earlier if you want to.
Potluck Picnic Party Rules:
1) Do not bring items like Cheetos or Doritos. Remember this is a foodie event - so an emphasis on the quality of the food that you provide. Bring 'gourmet' food like cheeses, locally harvested fresh fruit in season from a Farmer's Market, artisanal bread, prosciutto, etc. that you can get from Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, Gelson's etc. You are also more than welcome to cook and prepare a dish, but remember that you are bringing it to a picnic, so it has to be picnic friendly.
2) If you are attending the series of events earlier that day, then make sure to carefully pack your perishable food in a cooler. I don't want any food poisoning cases.
3) If you sign 'Yes' for the event, include what type of dish or drink you plan to bring. El Matador is a State park, so please don't try to bring any wine or beer - stick to the non alcoholic beverages.
4) Bring layered clothing siince the temperature will be warm during the day but cooler during sunset.
5) Bring a beach towel and I recommend bringing footwear that its beach appropriate, especially if you plan to explore the nearby caves and coves.
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Frome the CA State park website:
El Matador State Beach
http://www.lamountains.com/graphics/trans.gif One of the most beautiful beaches in Malibu, with sea caves and large rocks on the beach, El Matador State Beach attracts many beach goers on hot weekend days. A steep dirt trail goes down to some stairs, which makes this location inaccessible for the handicapped. The views from the upper cliffs are incredible, looking down on large boulders and deep blue water filled with kelp forests.
The beach is long and there is plenty of sand for sunbathers. Body boarders and bodysurfers come to El Matador year-round because it picks up summer and winter swells. Be careful because there are some scattered rocks in the water. There is no lifeguard tower, but on busy weekends, the beach will be manned with a lifeguard.
Hours: 8 a.m. to sunset
Parking: A fee ($5) parking lot is open from 8 a.m.- sunset. There is also limited free parking on P.C.H.
Food/dining: You must pack your own food and drink in and out of the beach.
Restrooms: Portable restrooms are located at the trailhead.
Address: 32215 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu
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