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World Championship Abalone Cook-off & Festival



Fresh Picked Abalone 

The World’s Championship Abalone Cook-off Festival will be held this year on October 5, 2013 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. This festival is held in the memory of Ken Tallman, and in honor of Sub-Surface Progression Dive Center and the Tallman Family. This festival is a benefit event to help Mendocino Area Parks Association (MAPA) and is the most important and biggest fundraiser of the year.


This major fundraiser is really two events in one. The Festival offers live music by the Bayou Swamis, wine tasting from Mendocino’s finest wineries, and beer from the North Coast Brewing Company, plus food booth with clam chowder. In addition there will be a silent auction, raffle and craft fair.

The Abalone Cook-off Competition will have competing cooks who will prepare their favorite recipes in hopes of winning a World Champion trophy and /or Grand Prize. Become a judge by purchasing a “Judging Ticket” for $60. Judging tickets allow the purchaser to judge up to ten delicious recipes in the competition and you will vote for your favorite dish. “Up to ten” means that MAPA cannot guarantee ten tastes because ocean conditions might affect divers ability to find abalone. The abalone prepared in the cook-off is wild caught and not farm raised.

Note: The cook teams dive for their own wild abalone and follow fish and game rules when diving for and preparing the abalone. Wild abalone is illegal to sell or to buy in California, although farm raised is not.

The World’s Championship Abalone Cook-off & Festival has grown so large in popularity that it is now held in Fort Bragg, off Highway 20 going down South Harbor Drive to the Mooring Basin parking lot where the Largest Salmon BBQ in the World is also held.

Stevenswood Spa Resort is only 15 minutes south, of Fort Bragg. Plan on coming to the coast and enjoy one of our suites, dinner and relax and get pampered in our spa.

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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