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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!)


“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!)


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


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)
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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!