Taste of Cambridge returns Saturday
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.
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.
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.