Calling all foodies! In Mendocino, we appreciate the art of excellently seasoned cuisines, seasonal delights, and carefully crafted meals, all showcasing locally sourced ingredients. To honor of culinary culture, our scenic region remains the backdrop for an array of food festivals and wine events throughout the year. One of the most indulgent extravaganzas is the Mendocino Crab, Wine, and Beer Festival. Also known as Crab and Wine Days, this nine-day celebration features the freshly caught seafood, local brews, and exceptional vino. Make a culinary addition to your getaway with Sea Rock Inn to discover how divine this event is!
Before you stay at our cliffside bed and breakfast, request a copy of our complimentary Vacation Guide to learn more about seasonal events like the Mendocino Crab, Beer, and Wine Festival, as well as other culinary, cultural, and historic destinations to discover!
Why You Need to Experience the Mendocino Crab, Wine, and Beer Festival
While many places in America are blanketed with snow, our cliffside community beholds a crisp weather. We recommend packing a heavy raincoat and head covering for warmth while you’re experiencing the Mendocino Crab, Wine, and Beer Festival. Use our local insights to assist you in maximizing your time at this captivating event!
About This Culinary Showcase
Named one of “America’s Top 10 Seafood and Wine Festivals” by Coastal Living Magazine, the Mendocino Crab, Beer, and Wine Festival offers the perfect experience for you. This celebration continues to maintain the delicate balance of nature, food, and culture by commemorating those who contribute to our livelihood. As you meander through the exhibits halls and outdoor tents, treat yourself to a conversation with the talented chefs, winemakers, fishermen, and brewmasters who make this event possible each year. You’ll never have a dull moment at this remarkable festival!
What’s Happening This Year
Not only will you indulge in carefully curated provisions, but also enjoy the cultural and natural elements that supplement the charm of Mendocino. Here’s what you’ll experience at the wonderful Mendocino Crab, Wine, and Beer Festival!
The Seasoned Cook-Off
Chefs produce thousands of these delights at the beloved Crab Cake Cook-Off in Fort Bragg and hope to be crowned the best. While you’re there, enjoy vino from America’s Greenest Wine Region, local craft beer, and other Mendocino-origin cuisines. There will also be a live auction, silent auction, and a raffle. Tickets are $85 for general admission and $130 for a seat at the Circle of Claws.
The Dinner Menus
The Cioppino Dinner is perhaps one of the most popular traditions of the Mendocino Crab, Wine, and Beer Festival. Held annually at the Historic Pentecost Hall in Fort Bragg, indulge in a family-style meal with fresh seafood, bread from Café Beaujolais, tossed salad, and rich ice cream. Pair your dishes with wine from Mendocino wineries and vineyards or a beer from North Coast Brewing. Tickets are $40 for adults! In addition, a silent auction and raffle take place, as well as other culinary events!
- All-You-Can-Eat Crab at Crown Hall
- Crab Dinner at the Little River Inn
- All-You-Can-Eat Crab Feed at the Fort Bragg Fire House
The Exceptional Wine Tastings
Barrel Tasting 101 is a marvelous event that takes you on a journey down Highway 101 to indulge in some of the best blends in Hopland, Ukiah, and Redwood Valley. You’ll be treated to sample of future featured wines, not yet been released to the public. Upon purchasing your ticket, receive a complimentary wine glass as well as from-the-barrel samplings and delectable hors d’oeuvres. Reserve your space today!
The Various Forms of Art
Intertwined in the fabric of our community, art remains a defining characteristic of our local culture. During this event, tour the magnificent Mendocino Art Center. Peruse the juried exhibit just for the festival through the mediums of paintings, photography, and sculptures. Gualala Arts will also be hosting festivities throughout the Mendocino Crab, Wine, and Beer Festival. Artistic showcases include live music, a dolphin gallery, art showings, and informative workshops. Embrace your creative side at one of these places!
The Place to See
Enjoy the From Forest to Table event, a part of the Mendocino Crab, Beer, and Wine Festival, that takes you down winding paths. Rent a bike and explore the Big River Estuary, as well as stop along the way for facts about crabs in our area. Another one of the unique ways to sightsee is aboard the Skunk Train. One of the top things to do in Fort Bragg, this year-round attraction offers a selection of specialty tours that teach you more about the area. Do you want to see more of our region? Check out these other delightful activities!
- Kayaking with Liquid Fusion
- All Aboard Adventures out of Noyo Harbor
- The popular Ricochet Ridge Ranch horseback riding
- Touring the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
Book Your Stay at Sea Rock Inn
Once you’ve experienced some or all of the nine-day Mendocino Crab, Beer, and Wine Festival, head back to the refined comfort of Sea Rock Inn. Our charming bed and breakfast is nestled on a private cliff, and we invite you to relax with us. Pair privacy with views of the mighty Pacific and beautifully appointed accommodations, your next romantic getaway awaits.
After your daily adventures, you may wish to curl up together in the comfortable bed, sip on your favorite libation, and delight in the company of your special someone, all set to a cozy ambiance of the warm fire glowing in the fireplace. Wake the following mornings and join us for a complimentary meal in our oceanfront Breakfast Room while watching the Mendocino fog shrouds our landscape. Check our availability and reserve your ideal dates today before someone else does tomorrow!