Find yourself on the Olympic Peninsula this October's Seafood Month, the Olympic Culinary Loop has you covered with destinations sure to help you experience a locavore’s table – including local shellfish and seafood.
Whether you stop at a restaurant or pick up your catch from a local market or right off the dock, you can rest assured knowing that you’re supporting local communities and sustainable seafood. Washington's DFW (Department of Fish & Wildlife) has released official Seafood Month news, and dozens of staff will be participating in sampling work across the Peninsula in Ilwaco, Westport, La Push, Neah Bay, Port Angeles, Seabeck, Hoodsport, and more, keeping track of commercial and recreational harvest levels.
Washinton's Governor Inslee has proclaimed October Seafood Month!
“We encourage visitors to “eat their way around the 330-mile Loop in smaller servings,” said Lisa Martin, Olympic Culinary Loop president and co-owner of the Olympic Cellars Winery. “For example, “take a bite” out of the Southwest corner by experiencing Westport, Ocean Shores and Moclips over one long weekend, and then return north to the Strait of Juan de Fuca again for another. Or, they could taste all that the Loop has to offer during a specific season or in search of a particular taste. This is ideal for fans wanting to plan ahead to experience seasonal seafood and shellfish.”
“Fresh seafood and time spent with family are what I think about when I think about the Southwest corner of the Loop. My Grandparents retired to Westport and I can tell you, the charter fishing fleet is amazing! Leave the docks as the sun rises and return in the afternoon with enough fresh fish to stock a freezer. As a child, I spent many hours razor-clamming at Moclips and Ocean Shores where we had a small cabin. I have photos of my daughter as a toddler “helping” her dad dig for razor clams. The shelf above my kitchen sink is crowded with shells and rocks we’ve beach-combed over the years. Visit the Olympic Peninsula and make some memories.” - Lisa Martin, Olympic Culinary Loop president and co-owner of the Olympic Cellars Winery.