News and Information from Oregon International Port of Coos Bay
For Immediate Release: January 11, 2017
33rd Annual Charleston Crab Feed will be in a Great NEW Location!
‘Crack Up’ fresh Oregon Dungeness Crab from Charleston at the North Bend Community Center on Saturday, February 11th! The Charleston fishing village is bringing Oregon’s fresh Dungeness crab harvest to YOU at the 33rd Annual Charleston Merchants Crab Feed this year. The change in venue allows for greater capacity and more parking with the same old gang serving!
The event will be from 11 AM to 3 PM at the North Bend Community Center, 2222 Broadway Ave. in North Bend, OR 97459. This is the main fundraising event for the Charleston Visitors Center, but also provides funding to other needs in the Charleston community.
“This is one of the community’s favorite festivals. It gives locals and visitors a chance to meet with old friends and make new ones, while cracking tasty Oregon Dungeness crab,” said Harbormaster John Buckley. “Our Dungeness crab fishery is certified sustainable, and all of the large meaty crab the volunteers serve at the festival is caught by our very own Charleston fishermen.”
Volunteers will serve whole or half fresh crab dinners with side dishes, rolls, and a beverage. Whole crab dinners are $20 and half crab dinners at $16 but prices are subject to the markets. Make sure to leave room for dessert as pies and cakes will be available for sale by the Ladies Garden Club for $1 per slice. This year, the Wild Women of Charleston will be serving local wine and 7 Devils Brewery will be serving beer. There will also be crab bibs, vendor coupons and prize drawings during the festival!
Make a weekend of it! Head out to Charleston and learn about marine life at the Charleston Marine Life Center, go crabbing off the docks at the Charleston Marina Shore, stormwatch at Shore Acres, Sunset Bay and Cape Arago State Parks, and hike the trails at South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve. All are popular recreation spots just minutes away!
The Wild Women of Charleston, and a few wild men, will be the servers for this year’s Crab Feed, but they aren’t the highlight. “The returning star of the annual festival is fresh, certifiably delicious Oregon Dungeness crab,” said Wild Woman Mel Campbell. “Don’t miss it!”
For additional media information, please contact:
Mel Campbell, Merchants Board of Directors