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Call for Musical Performers!

Be a part of the fun at the 16th Annual Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival, to be held October 6 – 8, 2017 on the Port Angeles waterfront! An exciting addition this year is the introduction of a second stage on the Port Angeles City Pier, suitable for acoustic soloists/duos/trios. Both the City Pier stage and the main stage (for bands), located in the Crab Central tent will have free non-stop entertainment for CrabFest goers throughout all three days of the Festival. Applications for performers are now being accepted. If you are interested in performing a 45 minute to 2-hour set, please see details for applying in the Call for Performers memo found here 2017 Dungeness Crabfest Call for bands . The deadline to apply is June 15, 2017.

Craft & Merchant Vendor Application now Available

Application materials for prospective Craft & Merchant vendors for the 2017 Crab Festival have now been posted on the Crab Festival website. The application deadline is Friday, June 30, 2017. Space is limited for this juried show, so please submit your application by the deadline to be considered for one of the 70 booth spaces. We’re looking forward to seeing YOU at the 2017 Festival!


The 4th Annual Chowder Cook-Off was a great success, and great fun for both the cooks and the public! The following are the results of the competition:

Winner – Professional Division
Chef Chris Freeman and Team “Rockin’ Deuce” from Missouri
Previous wins include the 2015 Professional Division and the 2015 People’s Choice award

Winner – Amateur Division
Chef Joe Borden and Team “J & T East Coast Chowder” from Sequim, Washington
Previous wins include the 2014 Amateur award

Winner – People’s Choice
Chef Chris Freeman and Team “Rockin’ Deuce” from Missouri
Previous wins include the 2015 Professional Division and the 2015 People’s Choice award

KING 5 News – CrabFest Boosts PA Economy

Dan Cassuto of King 5 News in Seattle covered the 2016 Crab Festival, highlighting the fact that thousands of Canadians and other out-of-towners make up a significant number of those who attend the annual celebration. The result is a noticeable boost to the Port Angeles area economy. Included in the reel are some nice cameos of Executive Director Scott Nagel and Marketing Manager Charlie Comstock (in crab costume)!

CrabFest 2016 Highlight Reel

Patric McInnis, the Cinema & Television Production Instructor at the North Olympic Peninsula Skills Center, had several of his Cinema & Television Production students capture some footage from the 2016 Crab Festival. They then learned how to edit it together into a short highlight reel. It has been featured online and on the local Peninsula Area Public Access (PAPA) television station. Take a look!

Volunteers Needed!

Each October foodies and fun-seekers from across the United States, British Columbia and beyond descend upon the Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival, Friday-Sunday, October 7-9. CrabFest needs more than 150 volunteers and staff to take care of our guests. There is nothing more satisfying than helping the thousands of visitors from around the world have a great time at the Festival and in Port Angeles.

There are a wide range of volunteer positions available including:

  • Crab Feed Assistants: Assisting diners (table clean up, provide information).
  • Information/Merchandise Booth: Provide information, sell sportswear to our visitors.
  • Greeters: Welcome visitors and hand out programs at the main entrances of the tent and help with line management, give information and watch that no alcohol leaves the tent.
  • Crab Feed Line Control: Chat with folks in line for the crab feed and help maintain control.
  • Crab Derby: Registration, take money & provide information.
  • Crab Sales: Crab Derby booth, take money and wrap crabs to-go

Volunteers receive a spiffy CRAB CREW t-shirt, and anyone who works two or more shifts during the weekend, receives a certificate for a free 1/2 crab dinner ($15 value), and the thanks of the community.

Annual Drawing: For each 4 hour shift worked, volunteers will get a chance in our Volunteer Drawing for prizes including 2 walk-on passes on the Coho Ferry. Refer a friend to volunteer and you both get an extra chance.

There is a Volunteer Training Meeting, Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 6:00pm in the Kitsap Bank Crab Central Tent (big tent in the Red Lion parking lot).

Full job descriptions and other information is available and Volunteers can register online at, at the volunteer meeting, or at the Festival.

To contact our Volunteer Director, Kelly Jo Hill, by email, send to:

For questions call 360.461.3950 or the Festival office at 360-452-6300.

The Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival is produced by Olympic Peninsula Celebrations, a Washington State nonprofit corporation. For details, including transportation, accommodations, directions and the full program, please visit our website at, e-mail, or phone 360-452-6300.

Volunteering for the CrabFest

Volunteering at CrabFest is a great way to enjoy all the event has to offer. You get a snazzy CRAB CREW shirt, these aren’t  for sale, they can only be earned. You get to meet people from all. You get to listen to great music if you volunteer in the main tent and if you volunteer two, 4 hr shifts during the 3 day event…YOU GET FREE CRAB!  For each 8 hrs you volunteer you earn a 1/2 crab dinner with fresh corn and coleslaw.

There are openings for everyone, I can find a place that fits your comfort level from helping set up to pouring beer & wine. The online application link is on the home page.

I’m lookin forward to hearing from you soon,  Kelly Jo


Plenty of food to enjoy at CrabFest!

Curried Salmon Oscar: Local king salmon from Wild West on basmati rice in red curry, topped with
local Dungeness crab and cucumber salsa
Dungeness crab shooters: Bloody Mary & celery, finger lime caviar & cilantro, and ginger wasabi
aioli & cucumber salsa
Traditional Caesar salad: Romaine lettuce, garlic dressing, parmigiana & croutons. Add Dungeness
crab or local king Salmon, if desired.
Oyster grinder: Fried oysters, caper tartar and cabbage slaw on a bun
Fried chicken wings: Plain or spicy, with blue cheese dressing & celery

Fried oysters
BBQ oysters
Oyster po boy wrap
Fried calamari
Dungeness crab poutine
Grilled hamburgers & fries
Halibut cake sandwich & fries

Dungeness crab cake plate
Dungeness crab cake sandwich
Dungeness crab roll

Food Booths on the Pier

Ice cream bars, frozen bananas, frozen cheesecake, and frozen strawberry & banana kabobs. All may be dipped in chocolate and rolled in peanuts, while you watch!

Nathan’s famous hotdogs, longhorn smoked German sausage, and Adell’s chicken pineapple bacon sausage.

Northwest seafood gumbo, and freshly grilled crab or salmon cakes served with a tri-citrus aioli sauce and organic greens.

3rd Annual Chowder Cook-Off to Benefit Captain Joseph House

CJHF logoPort Angeles, WA August 17, 2015 – Chowder lovers rejoice!!  Are you an amazing chowder cook at home?  Do you feature one-of-a-kind chowder at your restaurant? You will want to try your hand at chowder as Chef Graham Kerr, “The Galloping Gourmet” has agreed to be our guest judge at the 2015 3rd Annual Captain Joseph House Chowder Cook-Off, Sunday, October 11 at the Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival in Port Angeles. Proceeds of the event will benefit Captain Joseph House, a place of respite and healing for the Gold Star Families of our Fallen Heroes.

Chef Kerr will not only speak and present a cooking demonstration at the 14th Annual CrabFest but will also join us on Sunday to judge the best of our chowder cooks.

Now is the time to pull your cooking team together and prove why your chowder is the best! In addition to the judging by Chef Kerr, festival goers will also pick their favorite chowder for the “People’s Choice” award.

Entry fees for professional cooks are $45 for the first entry and $22.50 for each additional entry. Entry fees for amateur cooks are $20 for the first entry and $10 for each additional entry. The chowder recipe can be seafood, a combination of seafood and vegetables, or vegetarian.  For more information go to  or Applications and fees must be submitted by September 25.

Chowder Cook-Off takes place from 10:00am-2:00pm at the Transit Center next to the Port Angeles waterfront. Visitors can watch the chefs cooking beginning at 10:00am and taste chowders from both amateur and professional cooks starting at noon. Purchase unlimited tickets for $10 each to support Captain Joseph House. Each ticket receives 5 tastes and one People’s Choice vote. The more tickets you buy, the more chowder you can sample and the more votes you have! Chef Kerr will begin judging at 12:30pm and will preside at the official awards ceremony at 2:00pm.

For more information contact Tawana Borden at 360-683-3408 or Sam Coyle at 360-460-4079.

Captain Joseph House Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation located at 1108 S. Oak Street, Port Angeles, WA 98362.  Phone: 360-460-7848   Contributions, gifts and bequests are tax deductible.

The Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival is produced by Olympic Peninsula Celebrations, a Washington State nonprofit corporation, and the Port Angeles Regional Chamber of Commerce, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. For full details, visit, e-mail, or phone 360-452-6300.

Master Chef Graham Kerr, “The Galloping Gourmet” returns to CrabFest

We are delighted to announce that iconic culinary master Graham Kerr will return this year to serve as the Resident Master Chef for CrabFest!

Graham Kerr portrait 2

Chef Kerr will be featured at the Welcoming Ceremony at 11:00am on Saturday, October 10, and from 2:00 – 3:00pm he will present a cooking demonstration and sign books. On Sunday, October 11, he will preside as judge at the Captain Joseph House Benefit Chowder Cook-Off. Awards for best chowder will be presented by Chef Kerr at 2:00pm.

Port Angeles is deeply honored to have Graham and his wife, Treena, as the founding Master Chef team for CrabFest. They not only helped carve out a culinary reputation for this national event, but brought their deep experience and passion to the food of the Northwest…and the food of the sea. He and Treena have become not only our inspiration and guide for great food at CrabFest, but the spirit of growing, harvesting, preparing and eating our Northwest bounty.

Graham Kerr, along with Julia Childs, gave us our first look at television cooking and introduced an entire generation to fine food and an industry that has blossomed into multiple cooking channels.  Known to millions as ‘The Galloping Gourmet’, he brought the art of creative cooking to television audiences of countless millions throughout the world from 1969 – 1971.

He has written over 25 books, with 14 million copies sold. His most recent book in print, Growing at the Speed of Life, was published in 2011 by Penguin Corp. His focus is on serving people who want to make healthy, creative lifestyle changes and to increase their consumption of fresh, local edible plants and seafood. His life goal is “to help to convert habits that harm into resources that heal both for ourselves and others in need.”

Chef Kerr has received many awards, including the Julia Child Cookbook Award, the James Beard Award, two Emmy nominations for most outstanding daytime programming and induction into the American Culinary Hall of Fame.

Today he resides in Washington State, and is working on his goals of increasing people’s daily serving of healthy fruits and vegetables, and reducing portion sizes and making school lunches more delicious and nutritious.

Carol Gentry Joins CrabFest Staff

Carol Gentry

Carol Gentry

Carol Gentry, formerly employed in administrative capacities with North Olympic Library System, Gentry Architecture Collaborative, and Clallam County Family YMCA, has joined the Port Angeles Crab and Seafood Festival staff as Operations Manager, reporting directly to Executive Director, Scott Nagel. “With her extensive background”, Nagel said, “she’ll be able to hit the ground running and help improve our structure and management while building on the long-time contributions of Mickie Vail who has decided to take some well-earned time for herself.”

Gentry, who, from 1992-2002 was instrumental in helping the Clallam County Family YMCA manage financials and membership growth, is currently a core volunteer for Captain Joseph House and is involved in several community organizations including Kiwanis Club of Port Angeles, Dream Playground and the Center for Community Design. Nagel said “Gentry’s contribution to Port Angeles is long and impactful—we are very fortunate to have her skills and dedication at the festival.”

Her work with “CrabFest” includes administration, finance, interfacing with key organizations, and representing the event at community meetings, as well as sponsorship support and website management. Additionally, Gentry will work with Nagel on other programs and projects.