The Christmas holidays in Fort Bragg means one thing…..it’s Dungeness crab season! Starting in the end of November, and peaking in January and February, these tasty crustaceans find their way from the chilly Pacific into our grocery stores, restaurants and onto your table. In celebration of the Dungeness crab, the Mendocino Coast Clinics bring you the ultimate crab extravaganza.
Mark your calendars for the weekend of January 23rd and 24th, when crabbiness rules in historic downtown Fort Bragg. Looking for a great getaway after the holidays? This is the weekend for you! Fort Bragg opens its doors to the world for the Mendocino Crab, Wine and Beer Days and the centerpiece of the festival occurs in the big white tent behind the Portuguese Hall.
Friday night brings the cioppino dinner; three seatings at 4:30P, 6:00P and 8:00P. Just $35 per person for adults, $15 per person for children 6-12 and those under 6 get in free. The cioppino is served family style with Cafe Beaujolais bread, salad and dessert and finished off with Thanksgiving Coffee, roasted in Noyo Harbor. Treat yourself to Mendocino county wines and brews from North Coast Brewing Company in the Crabby Bar. Enjoy the silent auction and raffle and win some great prizes. All proceeds benefit the Mendocino Coast Clinics.
And if that were not enough, Saturday brings the annual Crab Cake Cook-off, from 12:00N to 3:00P! Taste delectable Dungeness crab cakes prepared by the area’s best chefs, and accompanied by Mendocino county’s best wines and brews. Vote for your favorite chef, winemaker or brewmaster and see if you and the professional judges agree. $85 per person for general admission and $125 per person to become a member of the exclusive Circle of Claws, with reserved seating and special limited admission. The crab for this event is donated by Caito Fisheries, a cornerstone of Fort Bragg’s Noyo harbor. As with Friday, all proceeds benefit the Mendocino Coast Clinics, bringing healthcare, well care, dental care and mental health services to Fort Bragg and beyond. Check out the fabulous items in the live and silent auctions and sample ware from Mendocino county’s best food artisans.
For more information and online ticket sales, click HERE, or call the Mendocino Coast Clinics at 707-961-3463. Book a room at one of Fort Bragg’s numerous lodging establishments, from romantic bed and breakfast inns to family friendly motels. Why wait? Come see Fort Bragg and the Mendocino coast at its most spectacular! Big waves, colorful sunsets and fabulous food and libations. Local or visitor, order your tickets today.