The seafood was delicious and the crowds were strong all day long at the 3rd annual Wild Seafood Weekend at Port Dock 7 on Newport’s historic bayfront. Event goers were allowing their taste buds to do the backstroke through Oregon Pink Shrimp Stuffed Manicotti, Seafood Gumbo, Crab and Shrimp Bites, Dungee Cream Funghi and ceviche Atun. And that’s from the AMATEUR chefs.
On the professional side….Wild Berry Salmon with Lime Crema, Salmon Provence, Shush Kitty with Cucumber Noodle Shrimp Salad and Salmon Candy, Tandori rubbed Albacore tuna with Corn Sucatash, Salmon Asparagus Croquette, Saffron Cucumber and Arugula Almond Pesto, Smoked Black Cod and Smoked Salmon in a Puff Pastry, and Grandma Myrtle’s Bouillabaisse.
America may have been raised on beef, but it just means it missed out on something way equal, or even better…Wild seafood in Newport.
Twice Saturday afternoon the built up lines of Wild Seafood lovers were beckoned through the gates to descend on seafood chefs and their able assistants who were more than happy to give them a taste of the good life that lives only among the better restaurants in the region, if not the state.
Afterward, both the 3 and 5pm crowds voted on their favorites. And here’s how it “panned” out:
People’s Choice, Amateur: Oregon Coast Bank “MAC-nificient Crab and Shrimp Bites
People’s Choice, Professional: Team Hanna “Grandma Myrtle’s Bouillabaisse”
The Judges ruled among the Amateurs:
The Champion: Team Dungee – Gene Law, Dungee Cream Funghi
2nd Place: Shrimpaholics Anonymous – Rob Davis, A Seafood Gumbo
The Judges ruled among the professionals:
The Champion (Best of the Bay): Team Hanna, Philip Oswalt, Grandma Myrtle’s Bouillabaisse
2nd Place: La Maison, Clifford Brown, Salmon Provence
3rd Place: Local Ocean Seafoods, Charlie Branford, Tandoori Rubbed Albacore Tuna with Corn Sucatash
Wild Seafood Weekend continues Sunday at Port Dock 7 starting at 9am.
9a-4pm Wild Things from Wild Vendors and Wild Food Fair
10am Wild Harbor Tour
10-1pm The Wild Brunch
10-4pm Wild Seafood Market
11-4pm Wild Family Fun Day
12-2pm Wild Dock Walks
11:30-3:30pm Wild Seafood Cooking School
Proceeds from Wild Seafood Weekend enable Fishermens Wives to award grants to fishing families who suffer setbacks at the whim of the Pacific Ocean off the California, Oregon, Washington and Alaskan coasts, be it trouble with their fishing vessels, injuries at sea or even loss of life. Some proceeds also go to help the hungry get what they need at the Newport Food Pantry – especially now with federal budget cut backs reducing the amount of federal assistance local food pantries can expect in the year ahead.