Port of Redwood City’s PortFest Wins Industry Award

Press Release

Contact:  Mike Giari, Executive Director, 650-306-4150 or mgiari@redwoodcityport.com

Thursday July 5, 2012

Port of Redwood City’s PortFest Wins Industry Award


            The Port of Redwood City’s annual “PortFest” has been awarded a special recognition, what judges call the equivalent of a bronze medal, by the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), to be presented in October at its 101st annual convention.

            AAPA is honoring the Port for its entry in “special events,” competing against ports from through the U.S., Canada, Latin America, and Caribbean, including many larger ports.

            One judge asserted that PortFest “itself is very massive and includes events for all members of the family.”

            Port Commissioner Lorianna Kastrop initially spearheaded PortFest to raise public awareness of the Port and to showcase the working and recreational Port waterfront.

            “PortFest is designed to educate visitors about the many direct benefits the Port provides, as an economic engine for the local economy and City of Redwood City, as a source of high-wage blue-collar jobs, a generator of foreign waterborne trade, and an access point for on-the-water recreation,” Kastrop said.

             PortFest  also “supports the education community so that young children in the area are exposed to the fact that maritime trade is essential to the economic well-being of the local and national economy, while teaching them to have pride in their city’s maritime heritage,” Kastrop added.


          The third annual PortFest is scheduled for October 6, 2012 at the Port and will be co-sponsored by the Redwood City Education Foundation.  This year’s event will feature boat rides on the Bay, in boats both large and small.