Restau­rants for Taste of Cam­bridge

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CAM­BRIDGE — Restau­rants are lin­ing up to par­tic­i­pate in this year’s Crab Cook-Off at the Taste of Cam­bridge, held for the 13th year in Down­town Cam­bridge.

Or­ga­niz­ers wel­come back a num­ber of past par­tic­i­pants, in­clud­ing Wa­ter’s Edge Grill, Blue Point Pro­vi­sion Co., Black Wa­ter Bak­ery, 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 are new to the com­pe­ti­tion in 2018.

CAM­BRIDGE — Restau­rants are lin­ing up to par­tic­i­pate in this year’s Crab Cook-Off at the Taste of Cam­bridge, held for the 13th year in Down­town Cam­bridge.

Or­ga­niz­ers wel­come back a num­ber of past par­tic­i­pants, in­clud­ing Wa­ter’s Edge Grill, Blue Point Pro­vi­sion Co., Black Wa­ter Bak­ery, 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 BBQ and Theodore’ Subs and Small Plates are new to the com­pe­ti­tion in 2018.

Ticket hold­ers get the chance taste, de­cide, and vote on more than 14 crab dishes in five cat­e­gories, in­clud­ing crab cake/ball, Crab Soup, Crab Dip, Crab Spe­cialty, and over­all win­ner. Then all the votes are tal­lied up and a “Peo­ple’s Choice” win­ner is an­nounced for each cat­e­gory.

The restau­rants are also vy­ing for the at­ten­tion of a panel of judges. This year’s judges in­clude Bruce Mat­tel in­struc­tor at Culi­nary In­sti­tute of Amer­ica, Kate Moose food editor for What’s Up Magazine, and Cam­bridge Spice Com­pany owner Ce­cil John­son. All three are vet­eran judges for the event and bring very dif­fer­ent per­spec­tives. New to the judge’s panel are Katie Livie, free­lance food writer with re­gional herba­vore pub­li­ca­tion Ed­i­ble Del­marva.

En­ter­tain­ment for the event in­cludes a num­ber of lo­cal per­form­ers in­clud­ing Dorch­ester County na­tive Arty Hill and the Long Gone Dad­dys, who will hit the stage from 8 to 10 p.m.

“We had a great dance party last year, with Arty Hill mak­ing ev­ery­one swing to the beat at the in­ter­sec­tion of Race and Po­plar Streets,” said Taste of Cam­bridge event chair­per­son and Down­town Cam­bridge Board Pres­i­dent Grace Gon­za­lez.

Per­for­mances by com­mu­nity fa­vorites ABM Dance troop and the Dorch­ester YMCA line dance group also make their re­turn, as well as Cam­bridge lo­cal one man show John En­ders. “Be­fore Your Time” with front man Shelby Clen­daniel also make their re­turn to Po­plar Street to per­form.

Tickets are now avail­able. Tickets can be pur­chased for $25 through June 30. Ticket prices in­crease to $30 July 1, and are avail­able for $35 on the day of the event un­til sold out. Tickets can be pur­chased at down­town­cam­bridge.org, in per­son at Down­town Cam­bridge of­fice, 437 Race Street, or call 443-477-0843. Tickets are also avail­able at the Dorch­ester County Chamber of Com­merce, 528 Po­plar Street.

Down­town Cam­bridge is a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cated to the re­vi­tal­iza­tion of the down­town Main Street dis­trict in Cam­bridge. It is fu­eled by the power of amaz­ing vol­un­teers and en­trepreneurs.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Palm Beach Wil­lies took the ti­tle for best crab spe­cialty for its Buf­falo Soft Crab Bites at the 2017 Taste of Cam­bridge.

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