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Mushrooms, Oktoberfest, Asian Pear "affair", Farm-Fresh Comfort Meals at the Fireside, Oh My!

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One Weekend - Two Delicious Culinary Festivals

Don't miss these two great Olympic Peninsula Culinary festivals October 8-10

Sip and Savor the bounty of the Olympic Peninsula the whole weekend of October 8 - 10.

Consider base camping and $avings at Old Alcohol Plant and 7 Cedars so you can experience both Apple and Cider Fest AND Dungeness Seafood & Crab Festivals.

Apple and Cider include tastings at: Finnriver, Alpenfire, Eaglemount and more.

  • At Harvest Party will be held October 9, 2PM - 6PM at Eaglemount. Featuring
  • 3-cider presses
  • Mini Golf in the orchard
  • Bon Fire hosted by Aragorn
  • Epic live music - Danny Barnes, Stringology and more.

There will be an afterparty at Propolis with Captain Peacock, Hook! and others!

And on Sunday Finnriver will host a World Apple Day full of festivities!

 

CrabFest features:

CrabFest is held outside and is spread out on 3 open acres of Port Angeles waterfront including the city pier. We have several areas under cover but open, with lots of “natural” air flow.

It’s not just about the food! There’s plenty of other fun to be had during the festival. The Grab-a-Crab Derby is fun for kids of all ages — even if you’re only spectating! You’ll find great music at the First Fed Crab Central Pavilion. Over 75 craft, merchant, sponsor, nonprofit and food booths on City Pier, and more.

First Fed Bank Crab Central Pavilion is where you’ll find our old-fashioned crab dinner complete with large kettles of crab – fresh caught in local waters, brought live to the festival and served with fresh corn and coleslaw.


Check out the 7 Cedars Crab & Cider Fest Hotel package!

• One Night's Accommodation
• Two Featured Crab Dinners at The Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival in Port Angeles, WA
• 10% Off Merchandise at The Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival
• Northwest Cider Sampler at one of our 7 Cedars' Dining Venues
• Self-Guided Tour/Access to the Olympic Peninsula Apple & Cider Festival in Chimacum, WA
• Shuttle Service Available (reservations must be made in advance)
Book online at 7cedars.com or by phone: 360.683.7777

N. Olympic Peninsula now requiring proof of full vaccination for indoor restaurant and bar service

Proof of vaccination is required to enter N. Olympic Peninsula restaurants bars starting Saturday, Sept. 4
Please do your part to help make this successful and sustainable.
 
 
 
Clallam and Jefferson County businesses are invited to download and display the attached info posters created with the help of the WA Hospitality Association
 
 

Olympic Coast seafood is prized all around the world.

From native salmon to Dungeness crab, and shellfish - ranging from delicate calms, buttery or brine mussels and oysters, to the enormous Geoduck - our waters serve up a bountiful meal of delicious seafood to a hungry globe.
 
However, it isn't without cost and concern. OA (Ocean Acidification) is just now being understood by scientists, and all early indications are that it's a deadly component to Red Tide and other climate-related climates of our coasts.
NOAA's Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary has been recently designated as a sentinel site for the study of OA and its impacts on Olympic Coast seafood. 
 
Why is it a concern? Climate change emerged in recent decades as a theory and is now a broadly acknowledged phenomenon with impacts demonstrated around the world.  In recent years, shellfish growers in Washington state have needed to develop monitoring and treatment practices to avoid spawning failures that have been linked to the periodic upwelling of more acidic ocean waters. In the not-so-distant future, climate change is projected to profoundly impact coastal and marine ecosystems on a global scale, with anticipated effects on water quality, sea level, temperature, storm intensity, and current patterns.
 
COVID contributes to seafood shortages - A recent Bloomberg News article  titled "No Crabs, No Scallops: Seafood Is Vanishing From Menus in U.S." served up the post COVID problem succinctly;
"Just like in dozens of other overwhelmed industries in the booming economy, there are any number of factors causing the shortages and price spikes: The ports are congested; there aren’t enough fishermen; there aren’t enough truck drivers; demand for seafood at restaurants is soaring."
 
However, thanks to collaborative partnerships and simple - hard - work, area restaurants and regional festivals such as the Dungeness Seafood and Crab Festival are well-positioned to avoid national challenges regarding seafood’s disappearance from restaurant menus due to soaring wholesale costs attributed to COVID-related port congestion, a lack of fishermen and other shortages, CrabFest is connected directly to local fishermen and suppliers with their own dedicated crab boats. Assuring visitors to this Annual Fest (October, 8-10, 2021 along the Port Angeles waterfront) that there will be fresh whole Dungeness Crab from Hightide SeafoodHama Hama Oysters, sourced using their own 5-generations of tide flats served raw and BBQ. And additional oysters from Taylor Shellfish Farms, growing Northwest oysters since the 1890’s, and MORE! 
 
 
For over a decade the Olympic Culinary Loop (www.OlympicCulinaryLoop.com) has celebrated the Olympic Peninsula's sustainable and locally grown and harvested fruits, vegetables, herbs and berries, locally hunted game, bountiful local sea fare, and handcrafted local wines offer farm-to-table experiences with a unique sense of place. 

Prepared with reverence for the local history and culture, fresh Olympic Coast Cuisine is best enjoyed amid the beautiful scenery that surrounds the Olympic Culinary Loop.

While these are trying times, the 'LOOP' remains a delicious destination for authentic seafood. We invite you to explore and taste what the Olympic Coast offers as you Eat Local First - Olympic Peninsula!

A call to cultivate Kindness and Respect as we travel

Help "Pin The Peninsula" with SHARE... (and Care) 

Just as we value the rare sightings of wildlife - we are asking everyone to 'Pack Patience' and be respectful to the - equally rare sighting - when you walk into a well-staffed hotel, inn, B&B, restaurants - bars - food/beverage, shops, museums, tour operators, gas stations, etc.

Staffing shortages are causing operational challenges across the hospitality industry this summer, forcing many to limit services or hours of operations.

The reasons vary, but customer anger over masking requirements or service shortcomings have been sighted as contributing factors. (Leading OCL and other tourism and hospitality leaders around the state to offer up tips and trainings related to de-esclation techniques)

We want to "Pin the Peninsula" and SHARE... Respect (Elk), Patience (Blue Heron), Kindness (Olympic Marmot), and Joy (Orca) with both staff and visitors alike. Look for these buttons - even ask for your own button or sticker to wear - and remember to THANK the service staff who showed up for work today, as we all understand when doors are closes or services are limited due to adequate staffing.

Some of the root causes of this problem were ushered in with COVID-19; the realization that most hospitality industries are not pandemic proof, has resulted in many turning to farming or tech companies that have demonstrated fewer disruptions than hospitality. 

Some of the current causes pre-date COVID-19 and continue to be destructive viruses of their own making.  You've long heard the phrase "The Ugly American" depicting loud and oft-rude travelers expecting their native tongue and tastes will be found all around the globe. This attitude has been amplified as it has come home to roost domestically.

  • 'Their native tongue' has been traded for DEI and BLM tensions
  • Masking manners - or mandates - are too often drawing battle lines between visitors and owners
  • Service delays and supply storages go against our Uber-Amazon-Instant-NOW! expectations and temperaments.

Sure there are issues of salary equity and affordable housing that need to be addressed. Along with sustainable sweet spots related to cars on the roads, feet on the trails, and major climate considerations for our air and oceans. But we all need to start - simply - by becoming the best example of the change we want to see in this world.

That can start by striving to travel with a LNT (Leave No Trace) mindset. Followed by Love & Logic's mantra of being:

Respective | Responsibly | Trustworthy and | Fun to be Around or more playfully translated into SHARE... Respect | Patience | Kindness | and Joy with all.

What are your thoughts on this topic? Share in the conversation

 

 

 

Business Assistance Opportunities

Take advantage of these two business assistance opportunities

FREE ONLINE MARKETING AND E-COMMERCE ASSITANCE!

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 Thanks to a grant from the Economic Development Administration’s CARES Act the North Olympic Development Council (NODC) is able to offer free technical assistance to help businesses develop or improve online marketing and e-commerce efforts to reach consumers!  

Services available include:

  • evaluation of your current online marketing strategies and platforms, including social media, business website, e-commerce site, and Google Local listing
  • practical, hands-on coaching and training
  • assistance in setting up social media accounts and planning content
  • development of new websites and/or e-commerce sites

 

These FREE services are available to existing restaurants and other culinary/hospitality businesses.

Contact Susan today - 


Nearly $15 million in small business assistance grants to help agriculture businesses and organizations in sectors that have been economically hurt due to COVD-19 pandemic

WSDA Relief and Recovery grants are now available thanks to a partnership with the Washington State Department of Commerce.  logo-horizontal-inverse[1]

Grants are available for small businesses in four sectors:

  • Shellfish growers
  • Farmers market organizations
  • Agritourism farms
  • Small breweries, cideries, wineries, and distilleries (dependent upon tap or tasting room sales).

Learn more and how to apply, online today!

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Let Olympic Culinary Loop know if you have any questions 

FLASH Sale!

Gov. Inslee announced that effective March 22, the entire state will enter Phase 3! Enabling all WA Eating and Drinking Establishments to welcome back
indoor seating at 50% capacity!
 
To celebrate, and help you get the word out, Olympic Culinary Loop is offering a FLASH SALE on our best marketing partnership package.

A 12-month Corporate partnership is reduced to only $365! (That's only $1/day for a ton of the best culinary tourism marketing around the whole Olympic Peninsula!)

But hurry - this FLASH SALE lasts for only a few more hours.
 
FLASH discount good for new or upgrading annual OCL Marketing Partnership subscribers onlyUse coupon code FLASH to take rapid advantage of this super 50%+ savings opportunity. Other terms or conditions may apply.
 

March is CSA sign-up Month all around the LOOP!

CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. Participating in a farm share is among the most powerful ways we can support our local farmers,

And from Sky Island in Humptulips to Finnriver Farm & Cidery in Chimacum, the ability to Eat Local First - Olympic Peninsula has never been more delicious!

For the past decade, options for CSAs have steadily increased across the Pacific Northwest, allowing consumers to purchase directly from a farmer (or fisherperson through CSFs).  Over the past year, the model became even more important, as direct-to-consumer farmers saw subscriptions increase and retail and wholesale producers pivoted to address local and regional food demand.  It is great to see community members invest in farm and fish operations early in the season, providing capital that supports farming and in turns supports our health – both personal and community-wide

Plan and subscribe to this season's CSA's now!

Four ways to include seafood in your self-care

 

What is seafood as self care? Good nutrition is incredibly important to feeling your best self, but as we keep reading about the rise in depression and anxiety, we also need to think of living our ideal lifestyle. Think about what puts you at ease. Sitting down and enjoying a good meal? Getting in the kitchen and turning up the tunes? With help from the Seafood Nutrition Partnership, here are four ways delicious and sustainable seafood can be part of being our best selves.

1. Comfort Foods: As you seek comfort  — and comfort foods — while cooped up inside on colder days, it is a perfect opportunity to enjoy delicious, heart-warming flavors. Check out some comfort, sustainable seafood recipes in our seafood toolkit with Seafood Nutrition Partnership.  (and don't forget our own Official Olympic Coast Seafood Chowder) YUM!

2. “Spa” Pairings: We fully support spa days at home, and spa water with slices of citrus, cucumbers or berries is an everyday refreshment that helps make hydrating feel just a bit more special. While cutting those slices, put some to the side for dinner as they pair perfectly with seafood, such as this recipe for Slow Roasted Salmon with Minted Cucumbers by Chef Barton Seaver. And, here are 6 of our favorite seafood and citrus pairings.  

3. Back to Nature: Release stress with a walk, getting both exercise and fresh air. Bring along some salmon, trout, pollock or rockfish jerky.

4. Mindfulness: For us, a large part of mindfulness means living sustainably. Eating seafood and the health of the environment are inextricably linked. If the saying “You are what you eat” is true, then eating sustainable seafood means you care about your health, the health of the planet, and enjoying truly good food.

TIP: Enter "seafood" into the SEARCH THE LOOP! tool and drool your way to the dozens of Eat Local First - Olympic Peninsula fresh offerings found around the LOOP!