Charleston Crab Feed Gets Crackin’ January 09, 2020

The Charleston fishing village is bringing Oregon’s Dungeness crab harvest to you at the 36th Annual Charleston Merchants Crab Feed. The event will be held this year at the North Bend Community Center on Saturday, February 8 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. This is the main fundraising event for the Charleston Visitors Center and provides funding to support to promote the Charleston community.

“Last season, the Oregon Dungeness Commercial Crab fishery brought in an estimated $31-million to the local south coast and Charleston economy. That is something to celebrate! It is absolutely true that our fleet is proudly local,” says Tim Novotny, with the Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission. “Events like this one bear that out and are a great way to connect with the community. It’s also a great way for the community to show its appreciation of the fleet. We hope that everyone comes on out and enjoys the biggest and meatiest crab on the market, and then goes on over and takes a look at all of the great restaurants and businesses that populate the town of Charleston.”

Volunteers will serve whole or half 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 $2 per slice. Beer and wine will be available and served by Charleston’s Miller’s Sports Bar & Grill. 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, storm watch 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!

For questions, contact Margery Whitmer with the Charleston Merchants Association at  541-297-2095.