Taste of Cambridge enjoys success
CAMBRIDGE — Food, fun and competition were the themes for Downtown Cambridge’s 13th annual Taste of Cambridge on Saturday, July 14.
Visitors the city and all over the state took part in the tasting contest that featured a number of seafood dishes like the Crab Soup, Crab Dip, Crab balls/ cake, Crab Specialty and overall winner.
Jimmie and Sook’s won the judge’s and the people’s choice for best crab dip while RAR Brewing won both set of the judging in the crab ball/cake portion of the competition.
The judge’s choice for the crab soup went to Blackwater Bakery while the fans chose Cambridge Yacht Club. Water’s Edge Grill won both competitions in the crab specialty along with the best overall dish in the People’s Choice competition for its crab and corn fritter with jalapeño comeback sauce. The dish was created by chef Kisha West.
Organizers welcomed back a number of past participants, including Water’s Edge Grill, Blue Point Provision Co., Palm Beach Willies, Ocean Odyssey, The Cambridge Yacht Club, Katie Mae’s Country Restaurant, RAR Brewing, Jimmie and Sook’s, The High Spot and Rock Lobstah. Lil’ Bitta Bull and Theodore’ Subs and Small Plates were new to the competition in 2018.
This year’s judges included three veteran — Bruce Mattel instructor at Culinary Institute of America; Kate Moose, food editor for What’s Up Magazine; and Cambridge Spice Company owner Cecil Johnson. New to the judge’s panel was Katie Livie, freelance food writer with regional herbavore publication Edible Delmarva.
Crowd members with tickets got the chance to taste, decide and vote on the five categories and announces a people’s choice award for the best recipe made.
For out-of-town visitor’s, Ginger Gardener from Pennsylvania and Di Daniels for Easton, the event was great.
Downtown Cambridge Executive Director Katie Clendaniel said the event was such a success that people want to come back for next year.
“I know in 2016 our numbers were down overall and people were wondering if it’s really happening then people came and had a great time last year and said that they were come back next year early,” she said. “People are looking at Cambridge very differently right now than where I was two years ago.”
Water’s Edge Grill at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort won the best overall dish in the People’s Choice competition at the 13th annual Taste of Cambridge for its crab and corn fritter with jalapeño comeback sauce. The dish was created by chef...