Saturday, February 20, 2010

Get The Flava

Want a taste of what it's like living here on the Redwood Coast? Here's a sample:

From the Daily Triplicate (our local paper)

The Crescent City Crab, Wine & Cheese Festival will be held Saturday at the Cultural Center, featuring live music and plenty of food.

The festival from 4 to 9 p.m. will feature a food court and competition among area restaurants for the “crabbiest dish,” best seafood chowder and best clam chowder, said Bill Renfroe, executive director of the Tri-Agency Economic Development Authority.

There also will be a crab race, although a different one than those held during the 42 years that Crescent City hosted the World Championship Crab Races and Festival each February. That event was discontinued in 2008.

At Saturday’s event, sponsored crabs will be placed in an inner circle on the ground, and the first three crabs to reach an outer circle will be the winners, Renfroe said.

He said there would be no prodding involved, as with the original races, when crabs were put on a inclined plank and racers would strike the plank, causing the crustacean to rattle its way down the board.

Racing crab sponsors (organizations or individuals) can “detail their crab and put their company logo on it,” said Renfroe.

In addition, children can enjoy radio-controlled “crab” races, he said.

Alber Seafood will provide crabs for sale ($2 for a half-crab), Rumiano Cheese will have its products available, and other items will be available at a food court. Plans also call for a “wall of wine” sponsored by the Business Improvement District.

The bands scheduled to perform at the free-admission event include the Wafler Effect, from Crescent City; the Stage Light Band from Brookings; and the Joe Vasquez Band, from Crescent City.

For more information, call Renfroe at 707-464-3500 or city planner Michele Rambo at 707-464-9506.

YeeHawww!!! Giant sea bugs with brie and a good merlot!

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