Facts about the crustacean we honor each-and-every CrabFest
Though her interest in baking took hold when she was a girl, it wasn’t until 2005 that Kate McDermott decided to get serious about pie making. For two years she studied pie crust, experimenting with different flours, fats, ratios and recipes until she hit upon the right combination for her signature Art of the Pie crust.
McDermott has been featured throughout the years in publications ranging from The New York Times to the Los Angeles Times, and from O Magazine to Food and Wine to USA Today, as well as in blogs and on TV and radio.
Her new cookbook, “Art of the Pie: A Practical Guide to Homemade Crusts, Fillings, and Life,” was nominated for a 2017 James Beard Award in Baking and Desserts.
Enjoy reading this culinary show-down between the eastern seaboards fav Blue Crab, and our PacNW KING the mighty delicious Dungeness!
Cynthia Nims, Seattle-based chef, food writer and author of “Crab: 50 Recipes With the Fresh Taste of the Sea”, helps educate and well feed our east coast friends.
The summer of ’17 had yet to get started when a Baltimore chef fired off a few words that caused a West Coast tremor.
“Our crabs are the sweetest and most tender,” Spike Gjerde told The Wall Street Journal in May. Then, the 2015 winner of the James Beard Award for best chef in the mid-Atlantic added: “By comparison, Dungeness doesn’t even rate.”
A few weeks later, those fightin’ words had me tooling across the Chesapeake Bay in the ragtop and deep into the Eastern Shore’s bayside. I turned off a narrow stretch of blacktop and onto a gravel road with a grassy spine, crunching my way past fields and forest to arrive at a house on a shaded bank that sloped toward a marshy cove.
This was the site of the East Coast/West Coast showdown, where the dispute over which crab reigns superior – Dungeness or blue – would be settled once and for all.
I popped a mouthful of Dungeness claw into my mouth. It has a decidedly meatier texture than the delicate blue, and a brinier flavor that tastes more nutty and wild than sweet.
Across the table, Nims praised the delicate, sweet seafood flavor that has made the blue crab famous.
Nims’ husband, Bob, came down the bank to crack a few for himself and summed up the score succinctly: “Just love the one you’re with.”
More than 14 tons of Dungeness crab is pulled from local waters each year, enabling festival-goers to savor the freshest crab available. A crab feed in the 10,000 square foot Crab Central tent features large whole crabs, fresh corn and cole slaw. Throughout the grounds, 14 local and regional restaurants will serve-up everything from crab bisque to Dungeness paella and much more! Non-seafood and vegetarian dishes will also be available.
Active members of the military and their spouses can enjoy a full, fresh crab dinner at the discounted price of $25.00. The full price for the Crab dinner is $29.00. Buy your Crab dinner tickets in advance and enjoy 10% off Crab festival merchandise.
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!
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!
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?
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!
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!
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)
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!
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.
The Captain Joseph House Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation located at 1108 S. Oak Street, Port Angeles, WA 98362. www.captainjosephhousefoundation.org 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 www.crabfestival.org , e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org , or phone (360) 452-6300.
Celebrating the Olympic Peninsula’s aquaculture, agriculture and maritime traditions
Each October foodies and fun-seekers from across the United States, British Columbia and beyond 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 Livability.com, 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 www.crabfestival.org, e-mail email@example.com, or phone 360-452-6300.
Well done Scott!