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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!

CrabFest 2016 Dinner Tickets bought from across the Globe

For the first time in the Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival’s 15 year run, advance Crab Dinner Tickets were made available for sale.

And fans gobbled them up!

Fans flock from across the globe for Dungeness Crab

Fans flock from across the globe for Dungeness Crab

Of the hundreds of advance Crab Dinner Tickets sold, it was no surprise that hungry visitors came mostly from the greater Seattle / Tacoma Puget Sound area.

What did surprise us was how far afield they traveled for their delicious Dungeness Crab Dinners!

Festival goers came from the town of Puhi on the island of Kauai in Hawaii, to Baltimore, Maryland and Montreal, Canada, to the little coastal town of Sevastopol on Ukraine’s Black Sea.

Join the global trend and order your 2017 Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival advance Crab Dinner tickets on-line today!


Here’s an Offer You Can’t Pass Up!

Still hungry for more of last weekend’s Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival YUM?!?

How about the “The Culinary Madman’s” Orange Cumin Glazed Mahi Mahi with Dungeness Crab Scallion Salad?

More of our delicious CrabFest demo recipes are now posted for your very own Culinary Adventure taste trip.Just one more way to Enjoy Olympic Peninsula all year long.




Cooking Stage Audience Eat and Enter to Win!

In addition to great culinary insights, entertainment and tastes, every CrabFest Chef Cooking Demo audience member will be eligible to enter to win a Blue Crab House Restaurant prize package!


bluecrab-logo Thank you to Coast Victoria Harbourside Hotel & Marina in Victoria, B.C., and the Blue Crab House Restaurant, for their great Grand Prize package!

The package features two nights at the Coast Victoria Harbourside Hotel & Marina in Victoria, B.C., dinner for two at the Blue Crab House Restaurant, and return passage on the MV Coho Black Ball ferry! Attend more cooking demos and increase your odds of winning!

A “delicious” Grand Prize indeed! Full details.

In addition to entry into the Grand Prize package, EACH and EVERY CrabFest Chefs Cooking Demo will award one lucky audience member with valuable Olympic Culinary “Loop Loot”. Use like cash at 80 delicious destinations around the LOOP. Yum!


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.

Save a Turkey – Eat a Crab!

Our Canadian neighbors just on the other side of the Strait of Juan de Fuca observe Thanksgiving at the same time as the 15th Annual Dungeness Crab & Seafood Fest (October 7-9, 2016)
Crab Dinner Tickets
Crabby welcomes thousand’s who celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving by Saving a Turkey – Eating Crab!  The Coho has special ticket and dinner packages from Victoria!

Enjoy this Coho Black Ball Ferry video!

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Chowder Cook-Off to Benefit Captain Joseph House at the Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival Graham Kerr to Judge Awards

Chowder lovers rejoice! Are you an amazing chowder cook at home? Do you feature one-of-a-kind chowder at your restaurant? If so, you’ll want to try your hand at this year’s Chowder Cook-Off! Chef Graham Kerr, “The Galloping Gourmet”, will be featured as our guest judge at the 4th Annual Captain Joseph House Chowder Cook-Off on Sunday, October 9, 2016 at the Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival on the Port Angeles waterfront.

If you love cooking chowder, now is the time to pull your team together and prove why your chowder is the best! And Chef Kerr won’t be the only judge…festival goers will also pick their favorite chowder.

Entry fees for professional cooks are $45 for the first entry and $22.50 for each additional entry. Amateur cooks pay $20 for the first entry and $10 for each additional entry. The chowder recipe may be seafood, a combination of seafood and other ingredients, or vegetarian. Applications and fees must be submitted by September 16, 2016.

The Chowder Cook-Off takes place from 10:00am – 2:00pm at the Gateway Transit Center. Beginning at 10:00am, visitors can watch the chefs cooking, and may taste chowders from both amateur and professional cooks beginning at noon. Unlimited tickets for tastes of chowder (5 tastes for $10) may be purchased. Each $10.00 ticket includes one vote in the People’s Choice Award. The more tickets you buy, the more chowder you get to sample and the more votes you have! Chef Kerr will judge chowders at 12:30pm and present the awards at 2:00pm. All proceeds benefit Captain Joseph House, honoring our Fallen Heroes and their Gold Star Veteran Families.

Chef Kerr will be available for book signing from 11:00am -–12:00pm and “Stories with Graham” will begin at 1:00pm.

.Buck Ellard is joining us again with his traditional and original country music.

For more information and application materials, visit or or call Tawana Borden at (360) 683-3408 or Sam Coyle at (360) 460-4079.

The 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. For more information about the Festival, visit , 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



15th Annual Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival Come for the Food, Stay for the Fun! October 7 – 9

Celebrating the Olympic Peninsula’s aquaculture, agriculture and maritime traditions

Each October foodies and fun-seekers from across the United States, British Columbia and copy-crabfest-header-full-size-960x225.jpgbeyond descend upon the scenic Olympic Peninsula to partake in a grand celebration of the coveted crustacean that derives its name from the town where it was first commercially harvested in 1848 — Dungeness.

The 15th annual Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival will take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 7 – 9, at the Port Angeles City Pier. Hours are Friday, 12pm – 10pm; Saturday, 9am – 10pm; and Sunday, 9am – 5pm.  Admission is free.

“CrabFest” as the festival has come to be known, has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Events in North America by the American Bus Association, and as one of the Top 10 Coastal Events by Coastal Living magazine. It was also featured in national food magazine Saveur, and has come in second place at the KING 5 Evening Magazine poll for Best Food Festival.

The Food! It’s all about great food and fresh crab! Thousands of pounds of Dungeness crab are pulled from local waters each year, enabling festival-goers to savor the freshest crab available while also enjoying a wide variety of locally grown and produced foods. The 9,000 square foot Kitsap Bank Crab Central Tent will house an old-fashioned crab-feed complete with large whole crabs, fresh corn and cole slaw. At Crab Central and throughout the grounds, 14 local and regional restaurants will serve-up everything from crab cakes to gumbo and much more! The Taylor Shellfish Farms Raw Oyster Bar is not to be missed! Non-seafood and vegetarian dishes will also be available.

The Fun! Held annually on the second weekend in October, Crabfest is a signature culinary event around which to plan a fall getaway weekend – or longer. In addition to great food, there’s live music throughout the event; a Chef Demonstration Stage featuring ongoing cooking demonstrations by a line-up of outstanding local and regional chefs; a Sunday morning non-denominational  “Crab Revival” with gospel music performed by local artists; a Sunday Chowder Cook-Off  sponsored by the Captain Joseph House Foundation; the Grab-A-Crab Tank Derby; and more than 70 vendor booths with juried crafts and information provided by environmental organizations.

Master Chef Graham Kerr, the former Galloping Gourmet, to judge Chowder Cook-Off The festival is pleased to once again welcome Graham Kerr, the Master Chef known to millions around the world as the Galloping Gourmet. Kerr will appear at the Gateway Pavilion just across the street from the Crab Central Tent from noon to 2pm on Sunday, where he will speak, sign copies of his books and preside as judge of the annual Chowder Cook-Off.
A Seasonal Highlight Along the Olympic Culinary Loop The Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival is a seasonal highlight for Port Angeles, a city located 15 miles west of Dungeness, in a region long known as an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. Nestled between the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Mountains, PA has enjoyed its share of the limelight. Designated one of the 2015 Top 100 Best Small Towns by, and one of the 20 Coolest Towns in the U.S. by the Matador Network, Port Angeles went head-to-head with Chatanooga, Tenn. in Outside Magazine’s 2015 “Best Town Ever” contest, coming in a close second by a slim margin of public votes.

The Olympic Peninsula has a growing a reputation for culinary adventure.  Winding through four Olympic Peninsula counties encompassing diverse microclimates, the Olympic Culinary Loop is alive with farms, produce stands, fisheries, creameries, bakeries, wineries, cideries, farm-to-table experiences and authentic culinary events, all within reach of Hwy. 101, the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway. The byway showcases the region’s diverse geography, from glacially sculpted peaks and towering old growth forest in Olympic National Park, to sea stacks along the wild ocean beaches and lush estuaries. The scenic natural beauty is enhanced by living tribal cultures, historic seaport towns, and rolling agricultural land.

During the fall, culinary travelers can visit artisan wineries, take a county farm tour, pick wild mushrooms, savor a farm dinner at a local waterfront resort, and of course, enjoy all the fresh crab they can eat at Crabfest! The Culinary Loop route is designed to put visitors in touch with the people who grow, harvest, catch and serve fresh Olympic Coast Cuisine, offering up a true sense of place.
Set against a backdrop of vibrant fall foliage, the snowcapped Olympic Mountains and coastal waters, the Olympic Peninsula is the perfect place to savor the season! Bring your hiking boots, kayak, mountain or road bike and get out there – you’ll want to work up an appetite!

More About Crabfest

Getting There To get to Crabfest, visitors can drive Route 101 to Port Angeles, with options for multiple ferry connections. Those from Canada will find special packages on the Coho Ferry from Victoria, which docks right next to the festival!

Sponsors There would be no Crabfest without the support of our more than 40 sponsors. Special thanks to our Presenting Sponsors: Black Ball Ferry Line – Kitsap Bank – Red Lion Hotel Port Angeles – Peninsula Daily News.

 The Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival is produced by Olympic Peninsula Celebrations, a Washington State non-profit corporation, and the Port Angeles Regional Chamber of Commerce.

For details including transportation, accommodations, directions and the full program, please visit our website at, e-mail, or phone 360-452-6300.

Crafts Applications Available

The Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival, October 7-9, 2016 is seeking applications from crafts vendors. The deadline is May 14th, 2016. There is no jury fee. Are crafts must be hand-made by the artist and are juried. Applications are at