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Mendocino County Crab, Wine & Beer Festival


Enjoy Lots of Fresh Local Dungeness Crab at the 2013 Mendocino County, Crab, Wine & Beer Festival

Come to Mendocino county for our 14th Annual Mendocino County Crab, Wine & Beer Festival from January 18 through January 27. The fisherman from Noyo Harbor in Fort Bragg, will be harvesting from the cold, clear Pacific ocean bounties of delicious Dungeness crab. And  every January, Mendocino county celebrates this delightful crustacean and locally grown and produced wines and beers with a festival that delights crab lovers, and wine & beer lovers alike!

The Mendocino County Crab, Wine & Beer Festival was named one of the top 10 Seafood and Wine Festivals in the country by Coastal Living Magazine. This 10 day county wide event will include the 14th Annual Crab Cake Cook-off & Wine Tasting Competition. Crab cakes and more crab cakes. Mendocino county chefs test their recipes and then each make 500 crab cakes for your tasting pleasure! Succulent, spicy, savory and they are all delicious. You will taste them all as you sip on Mendocino wines, from Americas’s greenest wine region. Participants vie for the People’s Choice Award and Professional Judges Awards. Cast your vote for your favorite crab cake.

This years Judges are:

Lauren Purcell: Every Day with Rachel Ray. Purcell is the Editor-in-Chief of Every Day with Rachel Ray and is responsible for overseeing editorial content for the magazine.

 Luke Sykora: Wine & Spirits Associate Editor on the west coast. He also serves on the magazine’s wine critic for California’s central coast.

Jenna Scatena: She is the Associate Editor of San Francisco Magazine, and is also a contributor to the Huffington Post’s travel section.

Gregg Glaseri: All About Beer. Since 1996 he has been the Competition Director for the Great International Beer Competition, the largest professional beer competition on the east coast. He is also Editor-in Chief for the Yankee Brews News.

Virginie Boone: Boone is a contributing reviewer of California wines for Wine Enthusiast with a focus on Mendocino, the north coast and many of the state’s interior areas. She also writes about wine, beer and spirits for the Santa Rosa Press Democrat. 

Heather Wyatt: Wyatt is the Communications Director for the National Geographic Travel Group, which includes National Geographic Travel Magazine, National Geographic Expeditions, Digital & Travel App Initiatives and National Geographic Travel Books and Maps.

Enjoy hand-crafted specialty wares from, Made in Mendocino food purveyors. Bid on extraordinary wines, destinations, and gifts in the silent auction and buy raffle tickets for a chance at the Lake Tahoe Get-Away Grand Prize! Look for the Big White Tent at the corner of Main & Spruce Streets, Fort Bragg. Tickets $75 online at 707-961-3463.

This county wide event will also include:

  • Lodging specials
  • Winemaker dinners
  • Climb Aboard The Skunk Train for the Crab & Wine Express
  • 13th Annual Mermaid Carnival
  • Coast Clinics Cioppino Dinner
  • Knights of Columbus Crab Feed
  • Mendocino Coast Sports Foundation & Fort Bragg Rotary Crab Feed
  • Willits Rotary Club Crab Feed
  • Pacific Star Winery Annual Crab & Wine Gala
  • Crab feed at the Little River Inn
  • Crab cruises on All Aboard Adventures or Noyo Fishing Center Crabbing Cruise or crab fishing with Telstar Charters.
  • Precision whitewater kayaking


  • Tango Workshop Weekend (January 26 & 27)
  • Mendocino Stories and Music Series presents: Stevens Bates Trio (January 19) and Dan Newton, aka “Daddy Squeeze” (January 26)
  • Ford House “Whale Tales”
  • The World of Suzi Long Crab & Wine Travel Sketching
  • Fort Bragg Center for The Arts with Internationally acclaimed Pianist Tanya Gabrielian
  • Little River Inn Concert Series with Eric & Suzy Thompson
  • Beal Art Gallery
  • Collabarative Art
  • Studio 391
  • A Weekend of Felting
  • Figure Drawing Workshop

Throughout the festival, stop in at one of the 36 wineries and breweries while you discover Mendocino county “America’s Greenest Wine Region” Get your passport stamped at each participating winery or brewery you visit. Collect at least three stamps to enter the drawing for a fabulous Mendocino County Grand Prize. Visit 3 or more wineries or breweries and your entries are doubled. Entries must be received no later than Friday, February 15. Drawing takes place in February and winners will be notified by email or phone. For a complete list of activities, times and dates click on the link Mendocino County Crab, Wine & Beer Festival.

For dinner phone 707-937-2810 or online at urban spoon.

For lodging phone 707-937-2810 or online at reservations.

For spa reservations phone 707-937-2810 or online at Indigo Eco-Spa.

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