If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, you’ve probably heard the news that this year’s Dungeness crab season (which started just last month) is in limbo because of a strike by boaters who don’t want to harvest the delicious crab until they get paid what they were promised at the start of the season.
Despite the drama at the sea, the Fisherman’s Wharf’s 2012 Crab Fest still went on as planned on Sunday. And looking at the array of crab dishes served up by the participating restaurants, there were more than enough crab to go around.
The event at a special room in Fisherman’s Wharf above the Wax Museum was sold out, as diners circled around tables from nine restaurants, also from the Fisherman’s Wharf area. I actually don’t dine often in Fisherman’s Wharf, so it was a chance for me to taste the skills of these restaurants.
The crab was definitely shining in various small bites. Many of the restaurants chose to offer clean, simple bites that didn’t overpower the delicate flavor of the crab. There were a few crab cakes, but most people offered up cooked crab with just a punch of flavor from accompanying ingredients such as mango and fish roe.
This annual festival is a great way to get your feet wet into the Dungeness crab season. Now if those boaters and wholesalers can compromise so we can start seeing whole fresh Dungeness crab in the market soon that will make everyone’s holidays.
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