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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!

 

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 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 info@crabfestival.org, or phone 360-452-6300.