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CrabFest to host LOOP's search for champion chowder

A year-long effort to find the quintessential Olympic Peninsula Chowder will culminate at this weekend’s Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival.

The 18th annual CrabFest — scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday at City Pier and in the parking lot of the Red Lion Hotel at 221 Lincoln St. — will host this year Olympic Culinary Loop’s final chapter in finding and honoring the seafood chowder that best exemplifies the Olympic Peninsula.

“We’ve been slurping chowder all year long,” said Steve Shively, the Olympic Culinary Loop’s communications director.

The judging of the champion chowder will be at about 3:30 p.m. Sunday in the Front Street Gateway Center Pavilion.

“No longer will the Pacific Northwest-minded foodies be limited in their ordering to chowders named ‘New England,’ ‘Manhattan,’ or seafood Cioppino hailing from San Francisco, or to Jambalaya influenced by Louisiana,” Olympic Culinary Loop's Shively said. “Once crowned, the winning Olympic Peninsula Chowder is destined to be on menus and taste buds from coast to coast” .

The chowder championship is one of many foodie events planned for CrabFest.

The main event is the crab dinner fest. More than eight tons of Dungeness crab pulled from local waters will be delivered to the plates of festivalgoers in the Crab Central tent all three days. The crab will be served with fresh corn and cole slaw.

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Tickets for the full Crab meal are $30 and can be purchased in advance at CrabFestival.org. Military personnel with current active ID will pay $26 for a special crab dinner all weekend and receive 10 percent off on merchandise. Special discounts for Friday and Sunday Crab Dinner tickets can be found online.

Inside Crab Central - and out along the pier - will be other restaurant booths, adult beverages and live music.

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Olympic Culinary Loop again produces and presents celebrated Northwest chefs providing cooking demonstrations on the Gateway Center Chef Demonstration Stage from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 11:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Sunday.

Featured chefs include pie maker and author Kate McDermott of Port Angeles, who will offer a demonstration Saturday, and “Wild” Bill Ranniger, corporate executive chef for Duke’s Chowder Houses, of Seattle, who take the stage Saturday to reveal the secrets of creating Tempting Thai Ginger Cod in a Coconut Milk Broth and return again at 11:30 a.m. Sunday to prepare Pan-Seared Wild Alaska Salmon.

McDermott’s cookbook, “Art of the Pie: A Practical Guide to Homemade Crusts, Fillings, and Life,” was nominated for a 2017 James Beard Award in Baking and Desserts. In 2018, she released her second cookbook, “Home Cooking.”

McDermott will sign copies of both her books after her Saturday presentation.

Ranniger began his tenure with Duke’s as a chef in 1995, then rose through the ranks from general manager to regional manager to executive chef, a position he has held for the past 15 years.

With restaurateur Duke Moscrip, Ranninger co-authored the 2016 cookbook, “As Wild As It Gets … Duke’s Secret Sustainable Seafood Recipes.”

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For more information, see CrabFestival.org, email info@OlympicCulinaryLoop.com call 360-877-4332.

The Quest for Chowder

For our 10th Anniversary Celebration Olympic Culinary Loop will be conducting a year-long press tour in pursuit of identifying – and tasting - the quintessential Olympic Peninsula Chowder.

No longer will Pacific Northwest minded foodies be limited in their ordering of chowders named “New England”, “Manhattan” or seafood Cioppino hailing from San Francisco or Jambalaya influenced from Louisiana. Once crowned, the winning Olympic Peninsula Chowder is destined to be on menus, and taste buds, from coast-to-coast. 

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Will it feature Geoduck or Razor Clams, Salmon, Spotted Shrimp, Oysters, Mussels, Crab or? Will it have a base inspired by local hard cider, creamery fresh cheese or? 

Our next stop of the quest is the 13th Annual Razor Clam and Seafood Festival in Ocean ShoresSaturday, March 16 - Sunday 17th, 2019

Clam diggers and food lovers will be heading to Ocean Shores, WA for the 13th annual Razor Clam & Seafood Festival!  FREE Admission!

The top Razor Clam Chowder winners will be invited to add their recipes to consideration for the ultimate prize - being crowned THE official Olympic Peninsula Chowder - this October during CrabFest in Port Angeles.

Our official Olympic Peninsula Chowder will have its own flavor profile that is just as unique as this place we call home!

Get Involved! Enter your recipe now and prepare your taste buds as you plan to join us at any or all of these delicious "Peoples' Taste" Chowder events!

 

 

 

 

Culinary Loop chefs set CrabFest Cooking Demo stage ablaze

Olympic Culinary Loop Cooking Demonstration Stage at the Gateway Pavilion

The Dungeness Crab and Seafood Festival, October 5-7, 2018  is proud to share a fantastic Demonstration Stage line-up of chefs from around the Olympic Peninsula and beyond. Each chef will use fresh, local ingredients to prepare mouth-watering Olympic Coast Cuisine.

Featured Culinary Loop member chef's include:

Dan Ratigan, Executive Chef The Fireside Restaurant, Port Ludlow Resort, WA 

 

Cooking: Neah Bay Black Cod with Eaglemount Cider Deglaze

Jess Owen, Chef, Ocean Crest Resort, Moclips, WA

 

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Cooking: Asian Dungeness Crab Cakes with Chocolate Chili Sauce

 

 

 

Chef Joshua Baar Executive Chef at  Kokopelli Grill, Port Angeles, WA

 

Cooking: Kokopelli Kokonut Shrimp with a Grand Marnier and mango chutney and Dungeness Crab Cakes over house sofrito crema with garlic saffron cinnamon aioli, and house fire roasted corn salsa with Queso Fresco

 

Shawn Mitchell, chef and Oyster Saloon manager at the Hama Hama Oyster Saloon

 

Cooking: Hama Hama Shellfish Risotto



 

Chef Joshua Diehl, Executive Chef at Lake Crescent Lodge’s Olympic Peninsula dining room, Lake Crescent – Olympic National Park WA 

 

Cooking: Cheesy Dungeness Crab Radiatore, and Autumn Crab and Corn Salsa with Tortilla Chips

Full Cooking stage demos online: https://www.crabfestival.org/cooking-demos/

Explore the Salish Sea through the eyes of a chef

Experience the bounty of Olympic Coast Cuisine with Chef Diane LaVonne and Puget Sound Express on a 3-day culinary tour of Washington’s Salish Sea.  Spend days onboard the comfortable, spacious Glacier Spirit, and evenings at the historic Ravenscroft Inn (October 19-21, 2018) in Port Townsend, Washington’s Victorian Seaport and Arts Community.

This is the ultimate trip for the foodie who wants to learn about Pacific Northwest Cuisine and tour the inland waterways that make the Pacific Northwest such a compelling destination.

This cruise is limited to 15 participants.

Highlights Include:

  • Gourmet meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Cooking classes with Diane LaVonne, of Seattle’s Urban Cooking School “Diane’s Market Kitchen”
  • Cruising tours of Penn Cove Mussels and Dungeness Wildlife Refuge
  • Breath-taking views of the Olympic Peninsula and Cascades
  • Evenings in Port Townsend, dubbed the “Paris of the Pacific Northwest” by Sunset Magazine