Tickets available for 2016 Taste of Cambridge
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.
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.
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.