Commercial crab fishing is an important industry for the the coastal areas of the United States. Annual festivals that celebrate crab fishing with beer and entertainment are held in the state of Washington, the New England area and Washington, D.C. Crab and beer festivals feature whole crabs, crab dishes and locally brewed beer.
Chesapeake Crab and Beer Festival
Chesapeake, Maryland, is the site of an annual crab and beer festival each August. The festival features beer- and crab-tasting stations with more than 40,000 crabs and 50 kinds of beer. Visitors can stroll the Waterfront at National Harbor while savoring cold beer and tasty crab dishes. Other foods, such as hot dogs, hamburgers, sausages and barbecue are also available. Arts and crafts vendor booths are available for shopping. Live music entertains crowds, and prizes are given away during the all-day event.
Dungeness Crab and Seafood Festival
The Dungeness Crab and Seafood Festival is an annual celebration of the Dungeness crab at Port Angeles, Washington. The festival is held on the city pier that overlooks the Strait of Juan de Fuca off the coast of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. The Dungeness Crab and Seafood Festival takes place each October and also features beers from brewers, such as Fish Brewing, Pike Brewing and Leavenworth Biers.
Policy Craft Beer and Crab Festival
The Policy Restaurant and Lounge in Washington, D.C., celebrates beer week by hosting a local craft beer and crab festival on Memorial Day in May. Visitors can sample a variety of local beers from craft brewers, such as Flying Dog, D.C. Brau, Port City Brewing Company, Heavy Seas and Dogfish Head beers. Whole crabs and a variety of crab dishes are served with traditional side dishes.
New Jersey Crab Festival
The New Jersey Crab Festival, sponsored by the Icehouse Restaurant and Bar in Wildwood, New Jersey, has something for the entire family. The first annual New Jersey Crab Festival was held in July 2011 to benefit the Brendan Borek High Tides Memorial Fund. Festival goers enjoyed blue claw crabs, a beer garden, and live entertainment. The kids enjoyed face painting, balloons and a crab race.
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