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Dungeness Crab, Seafood fest celebrates a decade of fun

The Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival celebrates 10 years of great food and fun Friday-Sunday, Oct. 7-9, in Port Angeles. Centered on the City Pier, at the Gateway Center and the Red Lion Hotel, the festival is open from 4-8:30 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m.-
5 p.m. Sunday (the crab feed begins at 11 a.m. both days).

Admission is free.

The festival centerpiece is the crab feed. Friday evening’s event is the big Community Crab Feed in the main tent at the Red Lion parking lot, with other foods, beer, wine and desserts available and music by Sarah Shea. (A $5-off coupon is available at the door or online for this night only.)

Craft booths and other attractions are not open Friday evening.

On Saturday and Sunday, the whole festival opens up for the weekend, along with the old-fashioned crab feed, again under the huge food tent, complete with Sunny Farms corn and Nash’s Farm Store’s organic coleslaw. Vendors offer dozens of other seafood delicacies, sides and desserts.

The Gateway Center features ongoing cooking demonstrations by regional chefs, with a guest demo and book-signing by Graham Kerr, the Galloping Gourmet.

On both days, anyone can go crabbing for 10 minutes for $5, no license needed, in the Grab-A-Crab Tank Derby. Whole crabs cooked or uncooked are available for purchase as well.

Along with crafts vendors, the festival offers a slate of educational programs by the Feiro Marine Life Center and the Northwest Raptor and Wildlife Center.

Saturday is the Crabfest 5-K Fun Run/Walk with proceeds supporting Peninsula College’s women’s basketball program; on both days Crab Volleyball hits Hollywood Beach to raise funds for the volleyball program.

Sunday from 9-10:30 a.m. is the Crab Revival. The event includes a nondenominational service, with gospel music from the Peninsula Men’s Gospel Singers (with pianist Penny Hall) and Abby Mae & The Home-school Boys. Breakfast follows: crepes, crab quiche, traditional breakfast items and beverages.

One of Coastal Living magazine’s top 10 coastal events for 2010, the Crab & Seafood Festival is produced by Olympic Peninsula Celebrations, a Washington nonprofit corporation, and the Port Angeles Regional Chamber of Commerce.

For more information and the detailed program, visit www.crabfestival.org, e-mail info@crabfestival.org, or phone 452-6300.

 

‘Galloping Gourmet’ is fest’s special guest

From 1969-1971, Graham Kerr, The Galloping Gourmet, brought the art of creative cooking alive for television audiences around the world. 

On Saturday, Oct. 8, the iconic chef returns to the stage to kick off Port Angeles’ 10th Annual Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival, a celebration of the region’s bounty. Following the 11 a.m. opening ceremonies, Kerr will cook a specialty crab dish at the Gateway Center Chef Demonstration Stage and talk about his passion for growing and cooking healthy foods.

 

The two-day “Crabfest” event takes place Oct. 8-9 at the Port Angeles City Pier, Gateway Center and Red Lion Hotel. Admission is free.

 

“It is an honor and a real pleasure to fea-ture Graham Kerr at Crabfest,” said Scott Nagel, festival producing director. “Along with Julia Child, Graham pioneered television cooking and introduced an entire generation to fine food and an industry that has blossomed into multiple cooking channels.”

 

Kerr is not only a celebrated chef, but an accomplished author of more than 25 books with 14 million copies sold. He will be signing copies of “Growing at the Speed of Life,” his latest book, at the festival.

 

Kerr has received many awards, including a Julia Child Cookbook Award and a James Beard Award, as well as two Emmy nominations for most outstanding daytime programming. He also was inducted into the American Culinary Hall of Fame.

 

Today Kerr resides in Mount Vernon with his wife, Treena. He continues to write, speak, make special appearances and work with numerous culinary and health related organizations.

 

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