April 18-19 Depoe Bay: Come for the Crab, Stay For the Fun!
Freshly cooked Dungeness Crab is always a favorite at Depoe Bay’s annual Crab Feed, coming up on Saturday and Sunday, April 18-19— but there’s so much more to enjoy!!
The 21st annual Classic Wooden Boat Show features hand-crafted vessels on display at “the world’s smallest harbor”. Try your hand at building your own vessel at the model boat building booth. Admission to both activities are free.
1783 Shipwreck Treasure Silver Dollar Among Dozens of Prizes
at the Annual Ducky Derby
On Sunday afternoon, April 19, hundreds of colorful rubber ducks will line up to race into the Depoe Bay harbor for the annual Ducky Derby. Buy a ticket to place a bet that your duck will be a winner and you could win one of dozens of prizes contributed by local merchants. Raffle tickets are just $5 each.
Among the top prizes are an authentic 1783 silver dollar recovered from the Spanish galleon El Cazador, which sank in the Gulf of Mexico while on its way to New Orleans. Or win a 5-hour fishing adventure compliments of Dockside Charters, Depoe Bay’s premier fishing excursion company.
Did you know that tiny Depoe Bay has some of the best dining on the coast? Start with Gracie’s Sea Hag, its chowder acclaimed as “The Best” in the New York Times Heritage Cook Book. Choose from cod, halibut or salmon for mouth-watering fish and chips, but there are lots of choices for “landlubbers” too. Or enjoy festive Mexican cuisine while you take in the wonderful ocean views at Mazatlan. Love Thai food? Try the “Crying Tiger” or a curry dish at Thai Bay, the best kept secret on the coast. You could win a dining certificate at any of these restaurants if your Ducky Derby ticket is a winner!
Wine lovers could win one of several bottles of best-selling wines provided by the Depoe Bay Winery, including a Depoe Bay Riesling, popular Blackberry wine and a rich Columbia Valley Cabernet. Elissa Fenske from Adelsheim’s tasting room contributed a bottle of coveted Elizabeth’s Reserve, a wonderful Pinot Noir.
Coffee lovers can sip a brew while taking in local arts, crafts and restored Model T autos at Ciuffo’s Coffee Shop. This is the spot to find authentic Sea Gull Haven hand-painted ceramic sculptures, which have been crafted for decades and displayed all over the pacific northwest. And what’s better to enjoy at the beach than Ainslee’s homemade saltwater taffy, a Depoe Bay tradition since 1947?
The variety of stores you will encounter on the short walk along Depoe Bay’s frontage on Highway 101 is amazing. Pacific Brass and Copper Works dazzles with a selection of fine quality nautical themed décor. Inside Things Rich and Strange you’ll discover beautiful crystals, ancient coins and wonders from the far reaches of our planet, including jewelry custom made in silver and gold. Want to fly a kite at the beach? Be amazed at Zephyrus, where you’ll see an astounding variety of kites for all ages from beginner to pro. And nobody beats Joan-E Gifts for “all thing coastal”, with every kind of logo clothing, giftware and jewelry to remember your visit.
Plan to stay a few days? Consider the Troller’s Lodge, which has everything from basic rooms to deluxe ocean-front homes, and it’s pet friendly. If you’re coming in an RV there’s nearby Sea & Sand RV Park, just 3 miles north of Depoe Bay.
Whale-watching Season in Depoe Bay
The annual Crab Feed and Wooden Boat Show happens while whales and their newborn are headed north to Alaska. Take a whale watching excursion with Dockside Charters (docksidedepoebay.com), or visit the Whale, Sea Life and Shark Museum. Marine biologist Carrie Newell (oregonwhales.com) offers trips out to in a small open watercraft to learn about the scientific study of whales.
Don’t Forget the Fresh-Cooked Dungeness Crab
There’s lots to do in Depoe Bay, but don’t forget to visit the Community Hall at 220 S.E. Bay Street to enjoy a Dungeness Crab dinner! Thousands of pounds of locally caught whole Dungeness crab will be cooked to perfection on both Saturday, April 18, 11:00-5:00 and Sunday, April 19, 11:00-3:00. Indoor and outdoor dining options will be available. Whole crab meals will be $25 and half crab meals $20. It’s a true bargain for a complete meal that includes coleslaw, garlic bread and a beverage.
This year for the first time, Rusty Truck Brewery will be serving up a selection of their outstanding handcrafted Oregon coast brews at the Crab Feed’s beer garden. Find out why Rusty Truck’s reputation is rapidly growing among beer lovers who rave about their unique ales, stouts and lagers.
For more information contact the Depoe Bay Chamber of Commerce at 877-485-8348 (541-765-2889 locally) or go to their website at www.DepoeBayChamber.org.
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