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I'm from LA, and I would like to thank everyone in advance for a response to this question. San Francisco is known for dungeness crabs. Is there such thing as a dungeness crab festival? If there is one, when is it normally held?

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  1. http://www.crabfestival.org

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      Hmm... why would they have a crab festival before crab season? That just doesn't make sense. Someone need to tell their marketing department.

      1. re: theSauce

        Their season starts earlier.

        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          Duh! I didn't see the Washington part.

    2. There has been a Crab Festival at Fort Mason in the past.

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      1. re: Alan408

        The SF Convention & Visitors Bureau did one from 2003 through 2005.

        There's one in Fort Bragg in January.

        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          Wasn't that Crab Fest at Ft Mason a complete disaster?

      2. I looked at the auto club's magazine web site, (VIA). They have several links to crab events.

        http://www.viamagazine.com/search/kwr...

        1. 8th Annual
          Mendocino Crab and Wine Days
          December 26, 2006 through February 28, 2007

          http://www.gomendo.com/events/crab/

          1. The Crab Festival at Fort Mason was fubar. They severely underestimated the number of people attending and had run out of everything less than halfway through the event. In spite of this they were still admitting people and were not giving refunds. This was a couple of years ago, so if the event is still happening I would hope thay have their act together.

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            1. re: Rich

              We went to the first one and it was so inefficiently run that we swore we'd never return. The lines were so long, to park, to get in, to get your "gift," then to buy tickets so you can actually buy food and drinks. The food was so-so at best, most of it a rip. The cooking contests and other "entertainment" were moronic. A waste of time all around. Unless they've improved 1000% and you won't know until you're trapped inside, it's an event to be missed.

            2. I just had the 3-course crab dinner at Mondo Bistro this weekend in Fort Bragg. Absolutely fantastic! $40 gets you a crab bisque with lots & lots of crab, 2 of the best crab cakes ever, and 1/2 of a good-sized Dungeness crab sautéed in a black bean/ginger/soy sauce.