Tick­ets avail­able for 2016 Taste of Cam­bridge

Dorchester Star - - Front Page - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com

CAM­BRIDGE — Tick­ets are on sale for the 12th an­nual Taste of Cam­bridge Crab Cook-Of f, which will be held Satur­day, July 9, in down­town Cam­bridge.

Hosted by Cam­bridge Main Street, the fes­ti­val fea­tures live mu­sic, beer, fam­ily fun and the crab cre­ations from lo­cal restau­rants on Po­plar and Race streets in down­town Cam­bridge. The event will be from 5 to 10 p.m.

The street fes­ti­val is free to at­tend. Ticket hold­ers again will be able to vote on the best dishes at the fes­ti­val. Cam­bridge Main Street has not an­nounced which restau­rants will be com­pet­ing in the 2016 Taste of Cam­bridge.

In 2015, thou­sands flocked to the event to taste en­tries in the Crab Cook-Of f com­pe­ti­tion with crab cakes, cream of crab soup, Mary­land veg­etable crab soup, crab dip and crab spe­cial­ties.

The crab cake from the Wa­ter’s Edge Grill at the Hy­att Re­gency Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Re­sort took the 2015 Peo­ple’s Choice and Judges’ Choice best in show hon­ors.

Katie Mae’s Coun­try Shoppe joined Wa­ter’s Edge by sweep­ing the Mary­land Veg­etable Crab Soup cat­e­gor y.

Jim­mie and Sook’s Raw Bar and Grill won best cream of crab soup from the judges.

Black Wa­ter Cof­fee House’s ched­dar and jalapeño bis­cuit cov­ered in crab gravy edged judges’ choice win­ner Blue Point Pro­vi­sion Co. in the Peo­ple’s Choice crab spe­cialty cat­e­gory. Stoked Wood Fired Eatery took Peo­ple’s Choice hon­ors for its south­west crab dip over judges’ choice win­ner Port­side Seafood Restau­rant. In the clos­est out­come of them all, The High Spot Gas­tro Pub won the Peo­ple’s Choice cream of crab soup cat­e­gor y.

The Taste of Cam­bridge of­fers more ac­tiv­i­ties with a free street fes­ti­val. Down­town stores will stay open with ex­tended hours for shop­ping, lo­cal bands per­formed, crab pick­ers tested their skills, ven­dors sold food and mer­chan­dise and a child-friendly zone fea­tured games, con­tests, jug­glers and cre­ative fun.

Mary­land Di­rec­tor of In­ter­gov­ern­men­tal Af­fairs Jeannie Had­daway-Ric­cio at­tended the 2015 Taste of Cam­bridge.

“Be­ing a water­man’s daugh­ter, I love see­ing our seafood her­itage show­cased the way you see it here at the Taste of Cam­bridge,” Had­daway-Ric­cio said at the 2015 fes­ti­val. “Cam­bridge Main Street and the city of Cam­bridge has done a great job build­ing this fes­ti­val each year. The streets are packed with peo­ple en­joy­ing some of the state’s finest dishes.”

Cam­bridge Main Street Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Bran­don Hes­son said while the fes­ti­val of­fi­cially opened at 5 p.m., the streets were filled well be­fore it be­gan.

“This event is all about show­cas­ing what is great in Cam­bridge and Dorch­ester County,” said Cam­bridge As­so­ciate Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Di­rec­tor Bran­don Hes­son who was the Cam­bridge Main Street ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor in 2015.

For more in­for­ma­tion about tick­ets for the Taste of Cam­bridge and Cam­bridge Main Street, visit www.cam bridge­main­street.com or www.face­book.com/Cam­bridgeMainStreet.

PHO­TOS BY DUSTIN HOLT

Cooks for the Wa­ter’s Edge Grill at the Hy­att Re­gency Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Re­sort pre­pare crab cakes dur­ing the 2015 Taste of Cam­bridge. The Wa­ter’s Edge crab cakes earned the judges’ choice for best in show.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Jim­mie and Sook’s Raw Bar and Grill owner Amanda Bram­ble, left, gives Jim Cor­son a plate with a crab cake and cream of crab soup dur­ing the 2015 Taste of Cam­bridge. Jim­mie and Sook’s won first place for its cream of crab soup.

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