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Hoc Feb 8, 2007 03:17 PM

Again, a broken search engine here reveals nothing useful. A google search shows that Oakville Grocery has a Crab & Paella Fest this Saturday. However, we are going to be there next weekend.

I remember that Fisherman's Wharf usually has an event that they call "Crab Fest," and I think it's usually in February. But I can't find any reference to it. Does someone know about this, if it's happening this year, when, and what it entails?

P.S. -- Looks like my girlfriend is insisting on the roasted crab at Scoma's this trip. Anyone have any very strong recommendations for amazing crab while there? Even a great Cioppino/Caciucco would be nice. Something other than "the usual suspects" (i.e., I lived there for about 3 years in the mid-1980s. I know all seafood there is fresh, crab is particularly good this time of year, it's great just getting one cracked from the stands and eating it with a round of sourdough on the docks, and the Fisherman's Wharf restaurants, while expensive, often have good crab. I know about Swan Oyster Depot. I'm looking for anything other than this advice.)

  1. singleguychef Feb 8, 2007 03:27 PM

    In the OnlyInSanFrancisco Web site (that's the visitors bureau) they talk about a crab festival in February but the highlights really are just the Oakville event this Saturday and a crab cracking contest at Union Square with 49er players on Sat, Feb. 24. Other than that, I don't think there were anything else "event" wise.

    1. Junie D Feb 8, 2007 03:47 PM

      Not sure if this is the kind of thing you are looking for, but up here in Napa there are millions of Crab Feeds throughout Jan and Feb. Usually fundraisers for football, high schools, Boys & Girls Club. Around $50, all-you-can-eat. Here are a few:
      http://www.napavalleyexpo.com/schedule.html
      http://www.calistogachamber.com/engine?action=calendar&t=event&do=detail&id=2970

      In Mendocino, Crab & Wine Days festival goes through Feb. http://www.gomendo.com/events/crab/

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      1. re: Junie D
        Melanie Wong Feb 8, 2007 10:21 PM

        Here's a partial list for Sonoma County, but most of these were in January.
        http://santarosa.about.com/od/foodand...

        1. re: Junie D
          larochelle Feb 13, 2007 03:34 PM

          Yeah, various organizations on the Peninsula & SF also do Crab Feeds in Jan & Feb - I think last year I easily found about 10 Crab Feed events just doing simple google searches. This year, we only went to one in SF in January but it was awesome ($35 all you can eat).

          I would think you find it on the menu most seafood & seasonal places. We tend to order it places that offer it "whole".

          Its also a quite common party theme - We went to a crab dinner last month and have friends in SJ hosting a Crab Fest next week.

          1. re: larochelle
            larochelle Feb 14, 2007 07:16 AM

            Here's one -

            Celebrate crab season with AIWF
            Feb 25, 2007 (Sun) @ 1:00 PM

            Place: Silverado Brewing Company City: St. Helena
            Cost: $40 AIWF members, $50 guests Type: Combo Event

            Join us at the Silverado Brewing Company on Sunday, February 25, 2007 at 1:00 PM for crab and beer tasting, includes a roasted crab, salad, pasta, dessert, and beer tasting. The Si...

            more: http://www.localwineevents.com/San-Fr...

        2. Atomica Feb 8, 2007 03:59 PM

          Here's a thread from Dec '06/Jan '07. Sounds like the past festival held at Fort Mason was a disaster.
          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/351898

          1. rworange Feb 8, 2007 05:01 PM

            Here's my report on the cioppino at Scoma's that I liked
            http://www.chow.com/topics/34658

            I can't find my post on Tadich's cioppino, but I the soup part better because it wasn't as filling. I place it first so far in SF becaue it is 10 buck's less than Scoma's. That being said, Scoma's has fresher fish. Scoma's fish in Tadich's cioppino would be heaven.

            Here's a recent trip report about crabby dishes at Scoma's from someone who isn't fond of Dungeness.
            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/368095

            R&G gets lots of positive crab mentions.

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              alfairfax Feb 9, 2007 06:25 AM

              Generally speaking, Fisherman's Wharf gets negative comment or is ignored by many Chowhound SF posters. RWOrange (above) has actually explored the offerings, however. Off the Wharf, Bradley Ogden's Lark Creek collection of restaurants (which also sometimes get mixed notices here) feature a February crab fest at all of their locations including One Market (Market and Embarcadero) which might offer crab more carefully and creatively prepared than any place in the Wharf area. Here is a link:
              http://www.larkcreek.com/allthenews.h...

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              1. re: alfairfax
                Eugene Park Feb 9, 2007 09:39 AM

                Had a nice crab minestrone and a decadent crab risotto @ One Market for lunch earlier this week. OM is has a special crab menu as an addition to their regular menu thruout February.

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                Maya Feb 9, 2007 08:17 AM

                Scoma's is not so good for crab. Fresh fish, at exorbitant proces, in a 70's time warp, with crappy wine choces, yes.

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                1. re: Maya
                  rworange Feb 9, 2007 11:08 AM

                  I have to disagree as far as the cioppino goes. I thought the crab was better at Scoma's than at Tadich. Whether it was $10 better ... well ... have to think about that. I don't like Scomas thick soup as much. Haven't tried other crab dishes there though.

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                  buck mac Feb 13, 2007 02:20 PM

                  portugese-american social clu in mt view has all you can eat crab feeds three or four times a year. i went to the last feed in january. it was very good ands fresh. the menu was salad and garlic bread along crab cioppino and cold crab with lemon and butter, also a complementary bottle of red and white wine is at each table. a full service bar is also available along with fresh baked portuguese bread. i guess about 400 people attend these feeds in two sittings. ithink there are two more feeds with the next one the last sat of febuary. good stuff for $40.

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