Crab & Wine Festival in Mendocino

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2012 Crab & Wine Festival Toasts Northern California's
Local Bounty of Land and Sea

Mendocino County Serves Up Delicious Fare at Internationally Recognized Annual Event, January 20-29

mendocino_CrabWineDays.jpgMENDOCINO COUNTY, CA -- Every January for the past thirteen years, Northern California's Mendocino County has been celebrating locally harvested Dungeness crab and award-winning wines from "America's Greenest Wine Region" with a festival that satiates the taste buds of foodies and oenophiles alike.

From gourmet, crab-themed dinners in four-star restaurants, to family-style cioppino feeds, to the ever popular Crab Cake Cook-off featuring local Mendocino chefs, this festival has something for everyone! And to wash down the abundance of crab, local winemakers will be pouring at winemaker dinners throughout the county and also at the official Wine Tasting Competition, held in conjunction with the Crab Cake Cook-off. Visitors will enjoy a multitude of dinners, tastings, demonstrations, excursions, events and lodging specials over the course of the ten days -- hosted by Visit Mendocino County, the Mendocino Coast Clinics, innkeepers, restaurants, wineries and more.

The 2012 festival takes place from Friday, January 20th - Sunday, January 29th. Some special highlights not to be missed include:
Crab and Wine Days - January 20th and 21st in Fort Bragg, CA - Two Benefit Events!
Mendocino Coast Clinics hosts the two flagship events of the Crab & Wine Festival. Over the course of two days, visitors can take part in Crab & Wine Days. Held at Pentecost Hall in Fort Bragg, spectacular ocean bluffs and majestic redwood forests create an incredible backdrop for the festivities. 

•    Jan 20 - Cioppino Dinner:  Family-style dinner, serving steaming bowls of fresh Cioppino, hand-tossed salad, dessert, wine, beer, coffee & lots of homemade hot bread for dipping. $35 for adults and $15 for children, dinner served at 4:30, 6 and 8 p.m.

•    Jan 21 - Crab Cake Cook-Off and Wine Tasting Competition:  The premiere event of the Crab & Wine Festival! Held under a big tent set up just behind Pentecost Hall, this is where Mendocino County chefs and wineries compete for the coveted "Professional's Choice" award (chosen by a panel of esteemed food, wine & travel editors) and the "People's Choice" award (chosen by festival attendees). Taste hand-crafted crab cakes from 12 Mendocino County Chefs while sipping from 22 wineries! Also on offer:  "Made in Mendocino" products, such as Shamrock Artisan Farmstead Goat Cheese, Cocoa Bungalow from Wicked Bon Bons and locally roasted Thanksgiving Coffee. Hot Crab Cioppino and cool Crab Salad with Cafe Beaujolais bread round out the offerings. $75 for adults, Noon - 3 p.m.

Proceeds from the Cioppino Dinner, the Crab Cake Cook-Off and the Wine Tasting Competition benefit the Mendocino Coast Clinics, a non-profit, board-governed community health center that provides medical, dental, perinatal and behavioral health care to all Mendocino Coast residents & visitors, regardless of their ability to pay. or 707-961-3463

Here's a taste of what else you can expect during the 10-day festival:

•    Complimentary Crab Appetizers at many Mendocino County wineries (where wine tastings are still mostly free!)
•    Crab Catching Excursions aboard local vessels
•    Crab Tasting Menus at local restaurants
•    Crab Tasting & Cooking Demonstrations
•    Crab-themed Winemaker Dinners
•    Discounts on Lodging at a host of charming inns, quaint B&Bs, luxury resorts, rental properties and historic hotels throughout Mendocino County

"Our festival continues to attract people from around the world," said Scott Schneider, President of Visit Mendocino County, Inc. "And it's a win-win for everyone, as the local chefs and winemakers are able to showcase their talents, the attendees get to sample an array of fabulous food and wine creations, and local organizations are able to raise a substantial amount of money for philanthropic purposes."

The above is just a sampling of the dozens of events that will take place during the 2012 Crab & Wine Festival in Mendocino County. For specific information about events surrounding the Crab & Wine Festival, visit and search for "crab." Please note that new events are being added every week.

About Mendocino County

Gourmet, locally-sourced restaurants, unique lodging establishments, picturesque villages, friendly wineries, majestic redwoods and the rugged seaside all await you in Mendocino County. The County boasts a longstanding tradition of coming together as a community and creating an environment where visitors will encounter friendly faces, tranquil surroundings and the delicious seafood and wine bounty of the region.  

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