John and Darcy McTernan of Kirkland enjoy a crab dinner in the Dungeness Crab and Seafood Festival main tent in the parking lot of the Red Lion Hotel. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

John and Darcy McTernan of Kirkland enjoy a crab dinner in the Dungeness Crab and Seafood Festival main tent in the parking lot of the Red Lion Hotel. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Meals, music, cooking demonstrations, vendors offered at CrabFest finale

PORT ANGELES — The Olympic Culinary Loop’s final chapter in finding and honoring the seafood chowder that best exemplifies the Olympic Peninsula will be at 3:30 p.m. today on the final day of the Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival.

The main event of the three-day festival is the crab dinner feast in the Crab Central tent in the parking lot of the Red Lion Hotel at Lincoln Street and Railroad Avenue. The crab is served with fresh corn and cole slaw.

Crab festival attendees line up for crab dinners while others dine on a variety of seafood available in the main tent on Friday. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Crab festival attendees line up for crab dinners while others dine on a variety of seafood available in the main tent on Friday. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Tickets for the full crab meal are $30. Military personnel with current active ID pay $26.

Inside Crab Central are other restaurant booths, adult beverages and live music.

On City Pier— where food and goods booths will be set up — visitors can buy cooked and cleaned Dungeness crab to go until 5 p.m. today.

Celebrity cheff Nathan Shields of Saipancakes in Port Angeles, left, gets assistance from audience member Haley Snider of Port Angeles with making decorated pancakes during a cooking demonstration in the pavilion at The Gateway transit center, a venue of the Dungeness Crab and Seafood festival in downtown Port Angeles. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Celebrity cheff Nathan Shields of Saipancakes in Port Angeles, left, gets assistance from audience member Haley Snider of Port Angeles with making decorated pancakes during a cooking demonstration in the pavilion at The Gateway transit center, a venue of the Dungeness Crab and Seafood festival in downtown Port Angeles. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Regional taste-offs for the best Northwest seafood chowder began in March in Penn Cove during the MusselFest and continued at Ocean Shores’ Razor Clam Festival, Brinnon’s Shrimpfest, Port Townsend and Port Angeles’ farmers market and Allyn’s Salmon Bake and Geoduck Festival.

The judging of the champion chowder will be after the 7th annual Chowder Cook-Off fundraiser for the Captain Joseph House Foundation, which will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Three-year-old Hayden Fuller of Seabeck is wary as Robert Rohner of Sequim, a member of the North Olympic Peninsula Chapter of Puget Sound Anglers, gives the youngster a close up view of the crab he just caught during Saturday’s crab derby at Port Angeles City Pier, a featured event of the Dungeness Crab and Seafood Festival. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Three-year-old Hayden Fuller of Seabeck is wary as Robert Rohner of Sequim, a member of the North Olympic Peninsula Chapter of Puget Sound Anglers, gives the youngster a close up view of the crab he just caught during Saturday’s crab derby at Port Angeles City Pier, a featured event of the Dungeness Crab and Seafood Festival. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Both will be at The Gateway transit center at the intersection of Lincoln and Front streets.

The chowder championship is one of many foodie events planned for CrabFest.

Northwest chefs will continue cooking demonstrations on the Gateway Center Chef Demonstration Stage from 11:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. today.

Denise Stephens of Surry, B.C., left, takes a photograph of crab hats worn by her friends, from left, of Sharon and Dave Cherry of Surry, and Cathie Hagenson of Comox, B.C., on Saturday at the Dungeness Crab and Seafood Festival in Port Angeles. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Denise Stephens of Surry, B.C., left, takes a photograph of crab hats worn by her friends, from left, of Sharon and Dave Cherry of Surry, and Cathie Hagenson of Comox, B.C., on Saturday at the Dungeness Crab and Seafood Festival in Port Angeles. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Here is the schedule.

• 11:30 a.m. — Pan-Seared Wild Alaska Salmon on Duke’s Ty Cobb Salad by Wild” Bill Ranniger, corporate executive chef for Duke’s Chowder Houses, of Seattle.

• 12:45 p.m. — Dungeness Crab-Stuffed Prawns with Roasted Tomato Pesto & Authentic Jamestown S’Kllalam Tribal Fry Bread by Larry Smithson, executive chef-director of food and beverage at Seven House of Seven Brothers, Sequim.

• 1:45 p.m. — The Best-Ever Crab Cakes Featuring Dungeness Crab by Troy Murrell, executive chef at Spirits Bar & Grill at the Old Alcohol Plant Inn, Port Hadlock.

Runners and walkers take off from the start of Saturday’s CrabFest 5K Run along the Waterfront Trail from Port Angeles City Pier. The race was a benefit for the Peninsula College womens basketball program. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Runners and walkers take off from the start of Saturday’s CrabFest 5K Run along the Waterfront Trail from Port Angeles City Pier. The race was a benefit for the Peninsula College womens basketball program. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

• 2:45 p.m. — Razor Clam Fritter, Po’ Boys with Cilantro & Lime by Ron Wisner, executive chef at Ocean Crest Resort, Moclips.

Volunteer corn cook Xavion Mason of Bakersfield, Calif., adds fresh ears to a boiler behind the scenes at the Dungeness Crab and Seafood Festival. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Volunteer corn cook Xavion Mason of Bakersfield, Calif., adds fresh ears to a boiler behind the scenes at the Dungeness Crab and Seafood Festival. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Other activities scheduled today are:

• 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. — Crab Revival musical, non-denominational service at The Gateway pavilion at Lincoln and Front streets.

• 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Grab-A-Crab Derby sponsored by High Tide Seafoods, Wilder Auto and Puget Sound Anglers on the pier.

• 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Arts and crafts and food booths open on City Pier; Feiro Marine Life Center open on City Pier.

For advance crab dinner tickets and a complete schedule of events, go to landing.crabfestival.org.

The Peninsula Daily News’ Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival special section is online at tinyurl.com/PDN-CrabFest2019.

Crab cook Quintan Chastain of Port Angeles places a stack of crabs on a table for purchase near the crab derby tanks at Port Angeles City Pier on Friday. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Crab cook Quintan Chastain of Port Angeles places a stack of crabs on a table for purchase near the crab derby tanks at Port Angeles City Pier on Friday. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Volunteer Tien Vo of Port Angeles stacks festival T-shirts at a merchandise table Friday in the Dungeness Crab and Seafood Festival main tent in Port Angeles. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Volunteer Tien Vo of Port Angeles stacks festival T-shirts at a merchandise table Friday in the Dungeness Crab and Seafood Festival main tent in Port Angeles. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Crab preparer Vanessa Affandy of Port Angeles places freshly-gutted crabs into a container filled with iced saltwater as they wait for cooking for hungry patrons of the Dungeness Crab and Seafood Festival on Saturday. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Crab preparer Vanessa Affandy of Port Angeles places freshly-gutted crabs into a container filled with iced saltwater as they wait for cooking for hungry patrons of the Dungeness Crab and Seafood Festival on Saturday. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

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