Preview meal offers first crack at crab festival Friday night

PORT ANGELES – Locals will get the first crack at the crabs for this weekend’s Dungeness Crab and Seafood Festival at a community crab feed on Friday night.

There should be plenty of crab to feed the masses at the meal and the festival, said Scott Nagel, producer and operations director of the annual festival.

“We always bring out the two-pound and larger crabs for the crab feeds,” he said of the portions.

“The crabs are looking really good.

“We have people out catching them right now,” he added on Tuesday.

The crabs will be taken to the Windermere Real Estate Crab Central Pavilion – a 7,000-square-foot tent – in the parking lot of the Red Lion Inn, 221 N. Lincoln St.

The meal, which will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, is discounted from the festival feed price of $22.

Friday night patrons will pay $19, Nagel said.

Tickets are available at the door on a walk-in basis only.

The community feed will be sponsored by Peninsula Daily News.

“This is a really wonderful thing for people, because not only are there very few places that you can actually get a whole crab, but the places that you can you would normally pay $35 or $40 for a meal like this,” Nagel said.

In addition to a whole crab, the meal will include fresh organic corn and coleslaw from Nash’s Organic Produce.

“We’re cooking hundreds at a time throughout the festival,” Nagel said.

“We have tons of crab pots boiling all over the place.”

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