New Year’s Dining & January Crab, Wine and Beer Festival

Dine Out in Fort Bragg on New Year’s Eve Several of our local restaurants will be open in Fort Bragg on New Year’s Eve, including Cucina Verona, Café One, Eggheads, Home Style Café, Laurel Deli, North Coast Brewing Company, and Silver’s at the Wharf. They are all open on New Year’s Day, too, except for […]
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Dine Out in Fort Bragg on New Year’s Eve

Several of our local restaurants will be open in Fort Bragg on New Year’s Eve, including Cucina Verona, Café One, Eggheads, Home Style Café, Laurel Deli, North Coast Brewing Company, and Silver’s at the Wharf. They are all open on New Year’s Day, too, except for the Brewery. You can take a drive up to Westport to the old Abalone Pub either day, too, or head south to Mendocino, Little River, and Albion for a scenic drive. Cucina Verona has a very special menu planned for the occasion, with highlights like Cranberry Pomegranate Bellini, Lobster Bisque with Caviar Creme Friache, Baked Brie with Cranberry Pecan Crumble, Cider Glazed Turkey with Wild Mushroom, Tarragon and Fig Stuffing and a special dessert: Bourbon Pumpkin Pie with Pecan Streusel, and you can order whatever strikes your fancy from the festive menu à la carte . To see a list of Mendocino coast restaurant openings click here.
New Year’s Eve Bash in Fort Bragg
Put on your dancing shoes the last night in December and enjoy live music with the band Highway One starting at 9:00 in the evening at the Masonic Center on Main Street in Fort Bragg. The lively celebration includes delicious food, New Year’s Eve party kits, a champagne toast at midnight, and fabulous dance music to kick up your heels to! Tickets at Harvest Market and Icons in Mendocino. Get all the details here.
Other New Year’s Eve Events
The Ravens Restaurant at the Stanford Inn is offering a New Year’s Eve Dinner, Caspar Community Center has a dance slated that evening, and there’s a  New Years Eve Masquerade Ball up in Westport, too. Fort Bragg and the Mendocino coast is the perfect place to welcome the new year. Just think – you can enjoy an energizing walk or run along our coastline on New Year’s Day – the perfect opportunity to shake off that champagne and start getting healthy in 2018.
 

Crab, Wine, and Beer Festival January 19-28
Crab and Wine Festival Mendocino CountyVisit Mendocino has put together a dazzling array of activities to banish the January blues, and luckily here in our county we are blessed with many sunny days in January, so it’s a good time to visit Fort Bragg. Our events lined up during the festival include The Annual Pink Flamingo Crab Feed at Weller House January 20, or enjoy Tea and Crab Savories at Weller House that Sunday, January 21. Also on Sunday is the Crab and Crémant event on the Skunk Train, featuring a delectable crab chowder lunch and Scharffenberger Crémant or Navarro Vineyards grape juice for kiddies or non-drinkers. Gluten and dairy-free options are also available on the train.

Blue Collar Winemaker Dinner and Cioppino Dinner
Cucina Verona has a lovely Blue Collar Winemaker Dinner guaranteed to satisfy your crustaceous cravings on a budget starting at 5:00 pm on Tuesday, January 23. Friday, January 26 is the night for a Cioppino Dinner with three seatings (4:00, 6:00, 8:00) at Pentecost Hall. The giant cioppino pot simply brims with seafood, shellfish and Dungeness crab served family style with Cafe Beaujolais bread, salad, and dessert. Beers from North Coast Brewery and Mendocino County wines will whet your palate, and a silent auction and raffle are bound to ensure a lively evening.

Fort Bragg Firehouse Crab Feed and Crab Cake Cook-Off
Saturday January 27
Oh my goodness, the crab feed is truly a fine feast featuring all you can eat crab, clam chowder, salad, bread and dessert from noon to 6:00 pm. My son says this is the best crab feed he’s ever experienced, and he’s a connoisseur of crab.  A child under 10 years old admitted free with each adult ticket, and the Beachcomber Motel is offering a special price for lodging when you show your ticket. After that feast, you may have to rest awhile on one of their comfortable beds. One of the highlights of the festival is always the Crab Cake Cook Off and Wine Tasting Competition in the big white tent on the corner of Spruce and Main in Fort Bragg, and you get to vote for your favorite Mendocino county chef when you attend.

More information about all these deliciously crabby events are available at VisitMendocino.com

 

 

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