Your Ultimate Guide to The Mendocino Abalone Festival

When you travel to a new vacation destination, one of the best ways to experience the local culture is by tasting the gourmet cuisine. Our coastal community is praised for our exceptional seafood seasoned with rich tastes and regionally inspired flavors. Each year, the Mendocino calendar of events is filled with culinary showcases and other exciting festivals. Perhaps one of our favorite celebrations is the Mendocino Abalone Festival on October 7, 2017, in Fort Bragg. Whether you are a food connoisseur or just enjoy tasting scrumptious treats, attending this celebration will make a delicious addition to your autumn getaway at Sea Rock Inn!Mendocino Abalone Festival

As you search for the perfect ways to indulge in our cuisine, request a copy of our free Vacation Guide! You’ll find our recommendations for excellent eateries, seasonal events like the Mendocino Abalone Festival, and the best breakfast places in Northern California. Our guide also features the stunning accommodations and delightful amenities at Sea Rock Inn!

Everything You Need to Know About the 2017 Mendocino Abalone Festival

When you want to experience the wonderful cuisine, we urge you to attend the 2017 Mendocino Abalone Festival. This year’s showcase is in Noyo Harbor, just an 8-mile drive down the breathtaking Mendocino Coast from Sea Rock Inn. Read over our local insights and find out what makes this culinary celebration so special! However, the Judging Tickets, which are required for abalone tasting at this festival, are highly limited, so don’t wait to purchase them! If you don’t feel like trying abalone, or if the Judging Tickets have sold out, you can still attend the festival with no ticket or entry fee!

What Is Abalone

This small shellfish is a member of the sea snail family. Whether you’ve gone Fort Bragg abalone diving or just swam off the coast, you’ll find an assortment of these oval shaped shells and know exactly what it is! These small snail-like creatures are also known for their “ear shell.”  Once opened, there is not only the small mollusk but also an array of gorgeous colors. It is made from an iridescent nacre and showcases unique hues of silvery white, precious pink, vibrant purple, glowing green, and calming blue.

About The Abalone Cook Off 2017

When you attend the Mendocino Abalone Festival, watch the World Championship Abalone Cook-Off. This fascinating main event features many unique aspects! Of course, the wild-caught abalone itself make for a one-of-a-kind experience. The competition allows contestants to prepare this regional delicacy. Once the chefs finish cooking, their dish will be judged. Each of the abalone dishes is scored in three categories: taste, texture, and presentation. To participate in the judging process, be sure to purchase a Judging Ticket!

Other Spectacular Happenings

The outdoor Mendocino Abalone Festival showcases a collection of fun-filled events to delight in with your partner. Here’s a taste of what you’ll see there!

  • Live Music– Local bands take the stage and bring entertainment.
  • Beer and Wine– Here in Mendocino, we pride ourselves on offering some of the finest craft breweries and exquisite wineries in Northern California. Beer lovers can enjoy brews from North Coast Brewing Company. While wine aficionados can savor blends from exceptional local wineries!
  • Food– Don’t have a Judging Ticket? That’s okay, you can still enjoy the delicious food! Stop in the restaurant tent for a bowl of excellently prepared clam chowder and other savory small plates. Enjoy your meal on the lawn with the scenic Fort Bragg as the waterfront backdrop.
  • Craft Fair– The arts are a vital part of our community. Explore the various craft booths and shop for artfully crafted items made by local artisans.

Whichever way you decide to spend your time at the Mendocino Abalone Festival, you’re sure to create an unforgettable day!

Relax at Sea Rock Inn

Do you want to unwind in the finest luxury and refined comforts on your romantic weekend away? Sea Rock Inn features those qualities and more! Our cliffside bed and breakfast showcases unparalleled views of the Pacific Ocean and is conveniently located near many attractions like the Mendocino Abalone Festival. As the weather cools in the autumn of Northern California, plan your intimate trip with us and curl up with your beloved. We invite you to browse our gorgeous selection of beautifully-appointed accommodations and reserve the ideal one for your vacation. Each of our enchanting retreats features a wood-burning fireplace, luxurious bedding, a private deck, and a spa-like oasis. When you wake with us, welcome the refreshing morning air with a walk to our Breakfast Room to enjoy our seasonal delicacies.

Rekindle the flame with us in Northern California this year!