2015 World Champion Abalone Cook-off & Festival
We were very happy to be invited back to the World Championship Abalone Cook Off held in Fort Bragg on October 10th. This festival is a unique experience celebrating the abalone diving culture of the West Coast. There’s music, a variety of booths selling abalone and ocean themed merchandise, plus food and wine for sale of course.
This festival is open to the public free of charge; BUT if you want to taste and judge abalone dishes, you need to purchase a special tasting ticket. Around 30 teams compete and prepare abalone in hopes of winning a cash prize and a trophy. The team’s dish is judged on flavor, tenderness and creativity. And with team names like Nevada Grillbillies serving smoked abalone with pasta and Dive Another Day serving a dish called “If I told You I’d Have To Kill You’, there’s a lot a creativity to be experienced! The dishes are judged by only 200 lucky people who bought tickets. And believe me, tickets sell out fast on the first day of ticket sales! The reason it’s limited is because the teams must dive for the main ingredient. The legal limit is 2 abalone per registered diver and each team needs enough wild caught abalone to provide at least 200 tastes.
How is The Abalone Farm involved? The one and only abalone dish that the public can purchase is prepared by a local Chef. We provide the abalone. The proceeds go to the Medocino Area Parks Association as part of their fundraising effort. This year we teamed up with The Albion River Inn for a delicious and traditional abalone chowder.
I’m sure we will be back next year; Saturday October 8th 2016 is the planned date. Check this link for updates and more information about the festival http://mendoparks.org/annual-abalone-cook-off/
And congratulations to the 2015 winning team, Abaholics Anonymous and their dish Candy Cap Katsu!