Taste of Cam­bridge re­turns Satur­day

Dorchester Star - - Front Page - By VIC­TO­RIA WINGATE vwingate@ches­pub.com

CAM­BRIDGE — With the re­turn of Taste of Cam­bridge 2017 just days away, Cam­bridge Main Street an­nounced the de­tails of the Crab Cook-Of f.

The Best Cream of Crab Soup cat­e­gory com­peti­tors will be The High Spot, Jim­mie and Sook’s, and Riverview at the Point.

Jim­mie and Sook’s and The High Spot will go head-to-head for the ti­tle of Best Mar yland Veg­etable Crab Soup.

Bat­tling it out for the Best Crab Dip win will be Black­wa­ter Bak­ery and Stoked.

For the ti­tle of Best Crab­cake or Crab Balls, com­peti­tors will be RAR Brew­ing, Three Sixty at River’s Edge, and Rock Lob­stah.

For the fi­nal cat­e­gor y of Crab Spe­cialty, Bistro Poplar will en­ter their Thai Crab Tacos, Palm Beach Wil­lies their Buf­falo Soft Crab Bites, and Blue Point Pro­vi­sion at the Hy­att their But­ter­milk Fried Soft Shell Crab.

The Taste of Cam­bridge Crab Cook-Off is a street fes­ti­val fea­tur­ing live mu­sic, food and fam­ily fun through­out Race and Poplar streets in down­town Cam­bridge. This year

the event fea­tures Dorch­ester County na­tive, “Lit­tle Art” Renkwitz who will per­form as Ar­tie Hill and the Long Gone Dad­dys.

In its 12th year, the event is now a qual­i­fier for the World Food Cham­pi­onships, held this year in Or­ange Beach, Ala. A “Best in Show” win­ner will be se­lected by the panel of judges to be en­tered into the Seafood Com­pe­ti­tion Cat­e­gor y.

“We are ex­cited to or­ga­nize the re­turn of Taste of Cam­bridge in 2017,” said Cam­bridge Main Street Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Katie Clen­daniel. “It is a tra­di­tion here that we are proud to carry for­ward for down­town and for our lo­cal com­mu­nity.”

The street fes­ti­val is free, but only ticket hold­ers will be al­lowed to eat the cre­ative crab dishes of nearly a dozen area restau­rants. “Judge’s Choice” win­ners in five cat­e­gories will be de­ter­mined by a team of celebrity judges from around the coun­try. Ticket hold­ers cast their bal­lots for Peo­ples’ Choice win­ners in each cat­e­gory.

The crab pick­ing con­test spon­sored by Clay­ton’s Seafood Co. and Lindy’s Seafood, fea­tures pro­fes­sional crab house con­tes­tants. Coastal Hospice spon­sors the kids zone from 5 to 9 p.m., which in­cludes sign up for wa­ter­melon eat­ing and hula-hoop con­tests.

The evenings live en­ter­tain­ment fea­tures lo­cal East­ern Shore tal­ent from Emma Myers and Gage Rhodes, Penny Pis­tolero, John En­ders, and Be­fore Your Time. Mike Elzey Stu­dio stu­dents will also per­form fea­tur­ing Emma Bai­ley, Becka Yockey, and Sa­van­nah Vro­man. Arty Hill and the Long Gone Dad­dys will be mak­ing their first ever ap­pear­ance in down­town Cam­bridge.

RAR Brew­ing also will be host­ing a Pop-Up Art Gallery, fea­tur­ing a cre­ative set of one-of-a-kind art­works by brew­ery il­lus­tra­tor BJ Wheat­ley. The pieces fea­ture a car­i­ca­ture of each of the brew­ers. The pop up will be open at 519 Poplar Street be­tween 5 to 10 p.m. dur­ing the event only. Each piece will be for sale and pro­ceeds will ben­e­fit Cam­bridge Main Street.

In ad­di­tion to the par­tic­i­pat­ing restau­rants, there will be many craft and mer­chan­dise ven­dors, in­clud­ing Se­crets of the East­ern Shore, Crabi Gras, House of Spools, Su­per­naut Art & De­sign, Amy, Cool’s Ice Cream, Lit­tle Bit of Bull, Dorch­ester Skip­jack Com­mit­tee, Laura Hofherr Jew­elry, T’s Devine Sweets, Cam­bridge Spice Com­pany, Sago Spa at the Hy­att Re­gency, Si­mon Baby­cat, Mock­ing­bird Lane, Chop­tank Her­itage Trail, Search­light Pho­tog­ra­phy, LipSense/SeneGence, Lu­laRoe, and Lilla Rose.

Taste of Cam­bridge will be held down­town from 5 to 10 p.m. on Satur­day, July 8. For the op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence the dishes named above and more, visit the Dorch­ester Cham­ber of Com­merce, 528 Poplar Street, or call them at 410-228-3575. Tick­ets are $30 if pur­chased in ad­vance, or $35 on the day of the event. Dayof sales will be cash-only and sold from a booth near the in­ter­sec­tion of Gay and Race streets.

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.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

RAR Brew­ing will be host­ing a Pop-Up Art Gallery, fea­tur­ing a cre­ative set of one-of-a-kind art­works by brew­ery il­lus­tra­tor BJ Wheat­ley. The pieces fea­ture a car­i­ca­ture of each of the brew­ers. The pop up will be open at 519 Poplar Street be­tween 5 to 10 p.m. dur­ing the event only. Each piece will be for sale and pro­ceeds will ben­e­fit Cam­bridge Main Street.

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