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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

 

Make CrabFest your ‘Base Camp’ for adventure filled journey around the Olympic Peninsula

Getting there is half the adventure!

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

Puts you in the heart of our main attraction; Olympic National Park!  Nearby is a wealth of outdoor activities, cultural experiences and local events in each community around the Peninsula to keep you coming back for more! Plus, you’ll probably meet some friendly locals enjoying the same “things to do” you’ll want to experience

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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

 

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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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 www.captainjosephhousefoundation.org or www.crabfestival.org 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.   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 info@crabfestival.org , or phone (360) 452-6300.