Crab & Wine Days Festival
—Posted Wednesday, December 31st, 2008 at 1:53 pm—

January 23rd ~ February 1st, 2009

Fort Bragg invites you to help celebrate our bounty of delicious Dungeness Crab during our 10th Annual Crab & Wine Days Festival.

At one of America’s Top 10 Seafood & Wine Festivals – according to Coastal Living Magazine – you will enjoy all-you-can-eat crab feeds, crab cruises, cooking classes, family-style cioppino feeds and a crab cake cook off.

Take this opportunity to discover our quirky little coastal town, gourmet restaurants, unique motels and inns, rugged seaside beauty and nearby giant redwoods. In Fort Bragg – the undiscovered gem of the Mendocino Coast – you’ll find friendly faces, peaceful places as well as delicious local seafood.

Friday, January 23rd ~ Festival Kick-off
Mendocino Coast Clinic’s – Cioppino Dinner
Mendocino Coast Clinics’ FUN fundraising weekend begins with a family-style Cioppino Dinner on Friday, January 23, 2009. Two seatings are offered to accommodate everyone: 5:30 and 7:00 pm. Steaming bowls of fresh Cioppino are served with salad, french bread and lots of extra napkins!  $30/adults – $15/kids under 12.  Mendocino County Wine, Beer & Coffee available.  Music! Silent Auction!   Pentecost Hall – 822 Stewart Street, Fort Bragg.  Order tickets online at – or call 961-3463.  Ticket also available at Harvest Market.  A benefit for Mendocino Coast Clinics, providing quality medical, dental, peri-natal & behavioral health to coastal residents, regardless of their ability to pay.

Living Light International Special — One weekend only!
Try Cherie Soria’s fabulous Vegan Bay “Crab” Cakes with Creamy Dill Sauce. January 23, 24 & 25 at Living Light Café and Cuisine to Go in The Company Store, corner Main and Redwood in Fort Bragg. Fantastic Vegan Alternative! 707.964.4755 or

Saturday,  January 24th
Pacific Star Winery Annual Crab & Wine Gala Noon – 2:00 p.m.
Featuring local Dungeness crab with a variety of side dishes paired with Pacific Star wines. The event is held at our ocean-side winery 12 miles north of Fort Bragg. Pacific Star Wine Club members $60; Guests $70. 33000 North Highway 1, Fort Bragg. 707.962.9463 or e-mail  for reservations.

Mendocino Coast Clinics’  10th Annual Crab Cake Cook-off and Wine Tasting Competition!  Noon – 3:00 p.m  Heralded as one of the Top 10 Seafood & Wine Festivals by Coastal Living Magazine, this signature fundraiser for Mendocino Coast Clinics takes place at Pentecost Hall, 822 Stewart Street, Fort Bragg. Mendocino County Chefs and Wineries serve up their very best to compete for votes from Celebrity Judges (Food & Wine writers from the SF Chronicle, Coastal Living Magazine, Oakland Tribune, Via Magazine), and the popular Peoples’ Choice Award!  Silent Auction & Raffle Prizes for Mendocino Coast Get-Aways, Fine Dining, Shopping Sprees and more.  Live Auction w/Doug Nunn at 2:00.  Bid on a first-class FloBed – valued at $3000!  Minimum bid:  $1500!!  Tickets online at, or Harvest Market. 961-3463.

Monday, January 26
Mendo Bistro – 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Come celebrate our Tenth Anniversary at our gigantic party. Lots of free food and drink, along with recognition of special customers and recognition of staff past and present. Upstairs at the Company Store – 301 North Main Street, Fort Bragg. 707.964.4974 –

Saturday, January 31
Fort Bragg Rotary Annual Crab Feed / Mendocino Coast Sports Foundation
2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tickets are available for $40 through a Rotary member or by calling 707.964.0676 or 707.964.3749. Fort Bragg Fire Department, 141 North Main Street, Fort Bragg, CA.

Crab Cruises and Other Adventures
All Aboard Adventures Crab Cruises- Everyday of the Festival
Join Captain Tim on the Sea Hawk Crab & Whale Watching trips with crab demonstrations. Full crabbing trip is 4-5 hours and includes tackle and cooking of crabs. Catch up to 10 crabs per person. 32400 Noyo Harbor Drive 707.964.1881 –

Noyo Fishing Center Service oriented and fish productive. See how it’s done- pull crab pots, sight a whale pod, learn about crab while tasting cracked crab and wine dock-side. North Harbor Drive, Noyo Harbor, Fort Bragg. 707.964.3000-

Special Lodging Offers
Surf Motel & Gardens – this pet and family friendly AAA motel with beautiful gardens, a few blocks from the ocean, offers a 3 for 2 special: book 3 nights and stay the third night free. Starting at $49/night (1 person, queen bed);  707-964-5361; 1220 S. Main Street (Highway 1), Fort Bragg near Highway 20.

Beachcomber Motel – Stay on the beach and enjoy the view and our special Winter rates – Sunday through Thursday two nights for the price of one based on Summer rates. 1111 N. Main Street, Fort Bragg, CA – 707.964.2402.

Emerald Dolphin Inn & Mini Golf – Come and Enjoy Fort Bragg’s 2009 Crab & Wine Days – Package Special includes: Lodging, continental breakfast each morning, 2 unlimited mini golf passes and a welcome to Fort Bragg wine basket.  Enjoy 2-3 nights starting at $147. 1211 South Main Street, Fort Bragg. 866.964.6699 –

Old Coast Hotel – December 2008 and January 2009 – Any room 1-2 night stay for only $120.00 per night/double occupancy includes Continental Breakfast.  After a long day of crabbing or wine tasting you will want to unwind and relax by being taken care of by our warm and loving staff during your stay. 101 North Franklin Street, Fort Bragg. 707.961.4488 –

Country Inn – offering a crab and whale watching package.  Two nights at the inn, Crab and whale watching excursion for two, dinner for two at the Mendo Bistro and two passes to the Mendocino Botanical Gardens all for the incredible price of $345 for rooms without fireplaces or $415 for rooms with fireplaces.  Call 1-800-831-5327 to make your reservations!

The Shoreline Cottages – offering a “winter special” – 15% off 2 nights or more during the Crab and Wine Festival. Contact them at, or call 800.930.2977

Throughout the Festival – Menus and Venues

Mendo Bistro- Featuring exciting food events every night of the Festival including a two or three course crab menu (two courses – $25; 3 courses $35) with an optional wine pairing at $14. Upstairs at the Company Store – 301 North Main Street, Fort Bragg. 707.964.4974 –

Rendezvous Inn & Restaurant – Offering a three-course Dungeness crab tasting menu all season long. Local wines, available by the glass, are paired with each of the courses. The menu will be available nightly through the end of the crab season (Wednesday through Sunday from 5:30 p.m.). Menu alone is $48.50; with a glass of each suggested wine $73.50. 647 North Main St., Fort Bragg, CA. – 800.491.8142

Fabric Indulgence & Art Supply is offering discounts on many fabrics, artist’s oil paints, decorative art papers, and lots of other creative and inspiring items through the crab season. Come in and check out our exotic fabrics from around the world, our large selection of fine art supplies, and a wonderful bead selection. We also offer ribbons, trims and sustainable supplies for the artistic person.
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W E L L E R   H O U S E   I N N
Thursday, January 2 2 – Sunday, January 25


7-8pm Class (Beginner to Advanced):
Techniques for Elegant Dancing on a Crowded Floor
8 – 10:30 MILONGA
class $10, milonga $5 drop in or $30/three months Tango Mendocino membership

7-8 pm Class (Beginner to Advanced):
Fundamentals of Leading and Following Techniques
8-10:30 pm:  Guided Practica
class or practica $10; both $15

Workshop classes: 3 on Saturday and 3 on Sunday.  Cost: $15/class or $40/day (three
classes) or $70/weekend (six classes)

10 – 11:15 am  Workshop Class I  (Beginner to Advanced):
Fundamentals of Posture and Basic Moves (steps and pivots).   Simple ingredients to
build a masterpiece.

11:30 am – 12:45 pm  Workshop Class II (Intermediate/Advanced)
Advanced Free Leg Manipulation.  Playful Social Dance Moves Using Follower’s Free
Leg.  (These figures favor a close- embrace)

1:15 – 2:30 pm Workshop Class III. (Advanced):
Close-Embrace Turns.  Elegance and Rhythmic Variations on the Social Dance Floor.

6:30 – 7:30 pm Pre-Milonga Class (Beginner to Advanced):
Musicality in Milonga and Tango

7:30 – 10:30  MILONGA with LIVE MUSIC: Richard Cooper, piano & Laura Maione, bass
$10 class or $15 Milonga, $20 for both

10 – 11:15 am  Workshop Class I (Beginner to Advanced):
Basic Open Embrace Molinete Technique

11:30 am – 12:45 pm  Workshop Class II (Intermediate/Advanced):
Moving Axis Open Embrace Molinete and Sacada Technique (using Vals music)
Attendance of prior class recommended in order to facilitate these advanced turns.

1:15 – 2:30 pm Workshop Class III. (Advanced):
Open Embrace Sacada and Boleo Combinations

4-6 pm:  Farewell Tea Dance $5 includes refreshments (free with any workshop classes)

INCLUSIVE PASS for all classes, practicas and milongas: $110


5:30 – 7 pm  10th Annual Wine & Crab Days Cioppino Dinner served family style
$30/ Adult, $15/children (fundraiser )


6:30-7:00 tango performance by David & Mariana
7:00 pm dinner with Scharffenberger winemakers
$75 includes tango performance, dinner, wines, taxes, gratuities


Luxury accommodations in beautifully restored 1886 historic
landmark – with  our own  virgin redwood ballroom!

1 person per room:
3 nights, breakfast included: $330; no breakfast: $285
4 nights, breakfast included: $380; no breakfast: $330
2 people per room:
3 nights, breakfast included: $390; no breakfast: $330
4 nights, breakfast included: $440; no breakfast: $375
3 people per room (with extra twin bed):
3 nights, breakfast included: $475; no breakfast: $400
4 nights, breakfast included: $525; no breakfast: $445

(All rooms have private toilets with bath and/or shower; two have private jacussi.  Four
rooms have wood or gas fireplaces.  Eight rooms have queen size beds, two have king
size beds. Ocean view hot tub in the Water Tower, the highest point in town.  Massage
available by appointment.)

Weller House Inn, 524 Stewart St. Fort Bragg CA 95437
707 964-4415

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