What Can You See at the Mendocino Crab, Wine, and Beer Festival?

breakfast table with view of the ocean in the distance - download our free vacation guideMendocino is a gem of the California Coast. Not only is it a beautiful, romantic spot for lovers wishing to escape the city, but it’s also an exciting cultural hub that hosts some of the best events north of San Francisco. Among the top 10 is the Mendocino Crab, Wine, and Beer Festival! Here, visitors can indulge in carefully curated provisions and enjoy the cultural and natural elements that supplement the charm of Mendocino. Read on to discover what you’ll experience at this wonderful event and start planning your trip today! Want to know more about the area? Download our free Vacation Guide and become an expert in no time. You’ll learn about our favorite restaurants, museums, shops, outdoor adventures, and more!


Here’s What You Can Expect at the Mendocino Crab, Wine, and Beer Festival


A Unique Culinary Showcase

Named one of America’s Top 10 Seafood and Wine Festivals by Coastal Living Magazine, the Mendocino Crab, Beer, and Wine Festival has something for everyone. It’s the perfect mix of food and fun, celebrating Mendocino’s heritage each year in January. Wander around and explore the exhibits halls and outdoor tents. Then, treat yourself to a conversation with talented chefs, winemakers, fishermen, and brewmasters. One thing is for sure: there’s never a dull moment at this remarkable festival!

A Variety of Activities


The Cook-Off

This is one of the most highly anticipated activities at the festival. During the event, several chefs participate in the Crab Cake Cook-Off in Fort Bragg. While you wait to see who’s crowned the best, try wine from America’s greenest wine region, local craft beer, and other Mendocino-origin cuisines. (There’s nothing like a glass of dry, white wine to work up your appetite!) Tickets are $85 for general admission and $130 for a seat at the Circle of Claws.

Featured Dinners

The Cioppino Dinner is one of the most popular traditions of the Mendocino Crab, Wine, and Beer Festival. It’s held annually at the Historic Pentecost Hall in Fort Bragg and features a family-style meal with fresh seafood, bread from Café Beaujolais, tossed salad, and rich ice cream. You can even pair your dishes with wine from Mendocino wineries and vineyards or a beer from North Coast Brewing. Tickets are $40 per person.

In addition to the dinner, guests are welcome to attend a silent auction and raffle. Make sure you set aside some time to explore other culinary events, like the Crab Dinner at the Little River Inn and the All-You-Can-Eat Crab Feed at the Fort Bragg Fire House!

Wine Tastings

Calling all wine lovers! Go on a journey down Highway 101 with Barrel Tasting 101 and indulge in the best blends from Hopland, Ukiah, and the Redwood Valley. Sample a variety of featured wines, some of which haven’t been released to the public yet! You’ll receive a complimentary wine glass with your ticket as well as barrel samplings and delectable hors-d’oeuvres. Don’t wait too long to book your tickets; they sell out fast!

Local Art Displays

Mendocino is considered one of the artsiest towns along the California Coast. Indeed, many artists have migrated here since the 1950s, blessing locals and visitors with a variety of stunning works. Art is Intertwined in the fabric of our community and remains a defining characteristic of our local culture. During the festival, you can tour the magnificent Mendocino Art Center. This wonderful facility houses more than 20 Northern California artists and their collections. It’s a must-see for every art lover! Other artistic showcases during the festival include live music, art showings, and informative workshops.

Come Home to the Best B&B in Mendocino After the Festival!

Sea-Rock-Inn-Cottage 1 balcony viewEnjoying every minute of your day at the festival! Then, come home to a cozy room at our elegant B&B. Sea Rock Inn is a premium destination that overlooks the Pacific Ocean. Picture the salty air coming off the waves as you sip a glass of wine on your private deck, surrounded by glorious landscapes. This isn’t a dream; it can be your reality at any time at Sea Rock Inn!

Browse our accommodations today and pick your favorite! Take a look at Junior Suite 18, for example. After a long day of walking, you can lounge in the comfy queen bed, listen to the soothing sound of the fireplace, and unwind with a beverage. In the morning, wake up to an incredible view of the ocean. Be sure to join us in the main inn where a delicious homemade breakfast awaits!


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