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A Record Setting CrabFest

CrabFest 2017 set plenty of records!

  • Largest attendance
  • Most crab cooked  (8 tons!)
  • Biggest and most delicious Cooking Demo Stage line-up
  • Most vendor tents blown into the sea during late night storm (Ugh!)
  • Most YUMMY memories created
  • Most US states & Canadian provinces represented through advance Crab Dinner ticket orders (20!)

Here’s to CrabFest 17, October 5-7, 2018 reaching for another record breaking year!

20 US states & Canadian provinces were represented by record CrabFest 2017 advance Crab Dinner ticket sales

 

Victoria BC prize to lucky Cooking Demo audience member

CrabFest Cooking Demo Stage will be full of talented chefs filling audience members with great ideas and tasty samples, the weekend of October 6-8 on the waterfront in Port Angeles, Washington.

One lucky audience member will be awarded a luxury stay and dining experience in Victoria BC, thanks to Coast Victoria Hotel & Marina by APA for the generous grand prize of a two night stay at the Coast Victoria Hotel & Marina by APA, plus dinner for two at the Blue Crab Seafood House

To be eligible to win this wonderful prize you simply need to attend one or more CrabFest Cooking Stage Demo’s.

Each demo will start out with raffle tickets being distributed to audience members.

Attend only one cooking demo, receive only one raffle ticket. Attend a second, third or more cooking demos and receive additional raffle tickets each time.  (With a total of 12 Cooking Demos currently scheduled you – could – enter to win as many as 12 times!)

At the conclusion of Sunday’s final cooking demo the lucky winners ticket will be drawn.

No need to be present to win. Winners must be 18 years of age or older and be able to meet the requirements for travel to and from Canada. Restrictions, including certain blackout dates may apply.  No exchange and no cash value.

 

Almost Too Beautiful to Eat On!

Local groups come together to give CrabFest diners a message-filled placemat to dine upon

Thanks to a combined effort of: Olympic Culinary Loop, the Port of Port Angeles, the Nature Conservancy and NOAA’s Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, CrabFest crab dinner diners will have a custom placemat to ponder while enjoying their:

  • Whole, fresh Dungeness Crab (warm or cold),
  • Farm fresh local Sunny Farms corn on the cob and local Nash’s organic coleslaw.
  • YUM!
  • 2017 Full Crab Dinner Gift

 

The placemat project was the brainchild of Olympic Culinary Loop’s Steve Shively, who discussed with Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival’s Executive Director Scott Nagel, the opportunities for sharing important marine science with CrabFest visitors.

Special thanks to the talented crew of Nicole, Jacqueline and Carey at the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary.

Many thanks also to the Nature Conservancy for use of their infographics and the Port of Port Angeles for helping with grant funding of the project.

The placemats’ message regarding the impacts of Ocean acidification (OA) to Dungeness Crab and all lifeforms on our planet is critically important. 

  • What can you do to help Dungeness crabs …

  • CHOOSE to use less energy generated by fossil fuels. Burning fewer fossil fuels will reduce CO2 emissions, making ocean life safer.

  • FIND OUT what your local government, businesses, and schools are doing to reduce use of fossil fuels and transition to renewable, clean energy.

  • EDUCATE others about the negative impact of rampant CO2 emissions on ocean life.

  • SUPPORT RESEARCH to better understand the impacts of ocean acidification (OA) to life on your planet.

We hope that CrabFest crabfeed diners will take a moment – between bites of their delicious meal – to read and choose to get involved with the ongoing work leading to a better understanding of the impacts of Ocean acidification (OA), and how we can help assure deliciously abundant crab will be on the menu for many more CrabFests to come!

 

Crustaceans on Tap for Fall in Port Angeles at Washington State’s Largest Crab & Seafood Festival

The Annual Dungeness Crab and Seafood Festival – October 6-8, 2017

On the banks of the Strait of Juan de Fuca in downtown Port Angeles, thousands of pounds of crab are caught and served up at this annual festival, named one of the most acclaimed seafood festivals in North America. Last year, attendees noshed on over 14,000 pounds of fresh Dungeness crab. You can also fill your plate with a variety of fresh-from-the-sea seafood options ranging from oysters and mussels to clam chowder and even geoduck sashimi, a hard-to-find delicacy.  

“The Port Angeles Dungeness Crab and Seafood Festival is different from other Pacific Northwest crab and seafood festivals.” says Scott Nagel, executive director of the Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival, “The crab is caught and served as fresh as possible.”

All of the Dungeness crab for our event is caught by local fishermen in traditional fishing grounds on the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Dungeness Bay, and at nearby Discovery Bay, home of the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe. Crab dinners can be purchased at the festival or in advance on the website.

In addition to filling your belly with seafood, enjoy a host of events focused around culinary arts and family fun. Celebrity chef Shaun O’Neale, the winner of FOX TV’s MasterChef Season 7 will make an appearance along with several other notable chefs to cook up Olympic Coast Cuisine using fresh, local ingredients.

To beat the crab-hungry crowds, plan on arriving on Thursday evening and dig in on Friday starting at noon. Not only will you have a bit more elbow room, but you will also save a little on hotel room rates and crab dinner tickets. Sunday is also a good day to attend with less people and a full day of culinary experiences from 9 A.M. until 5 P.M. And don’t worry, they never ever run out of crab! Continue reading

A FULL Crab-pot ‘O EVENTS to keep you busy!

At the 16th Annual CrabFest – Port Angeles, WA – October 6-8, 2017

 You’ll find great music at the Crab Central Tent. Over 75 craft, merchant, nonprofit and food booths on City Pier, the Chowder Cook-Off on Sunday, and more!

And please join us Sunday morning as we give thanks at the Crab Revival.

Events

 

Come with an appetite for adventure and good food!

You won’t leave hungry! 

October 6-8, 2017 for the 16th Annual Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival. On the waterfront in Port Angeles, WA

There’s something to delight everyone’s taste buds! Check out the old-fashioned Crab Feed every day at the Crab Central Tent  (come any time Friday and enjoy a special discount at the Friday Community Crab Feed). Along with the crab feed, you’ll find more than 25 seafood and vegetarian dishes from eight of our finest local restaurants. Enjoy wine and beer from our award-winning local wineries and Northwest micro-breweries. Take a look at the menus from participating restaurants and vintners.

For those who enjoy “Do-It-Yourself”, find inspiration at the amazing cooking demonstrations by local, regional and international chefs.

And you don’t want to miss Sunday’s Chowder Cook-Off

Food

YUM!  #DungenessCrabFest

Renowned piemaker to demonstrate at 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.

Read the full article and be sure to join Kate when she takes to the CrabFest cooking demo stage to share her talents and talk more about her great book (available to autograph and purchase!)

YUM!

“Art of the Pie” – by Kate McDermott

Blue crab vs. Dungeness: Which is superior?

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.

Read the full article then be sure to join Cynthia when she takes the CrabFest cooking demo stage to share her talents and talk more about her great book (available to autograph and purchase!)

YUM!

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.”

Did you know? CrabFest Fact #27

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. Crab Dinner Tickets