27th Astoria Warrenton Crab, Seafood & Wine Festival (April 24-26, 2009)
The Astoria Warrenton Crab, Seafood & Wine Festival is always held during the last full weekend of April. This year’s Festival is April 24-26, 2009.
The Festival website invites patrons to “enjoy a great spread of northwest cuisine, myriad arts and crafts, a selection of Oregon and Washington’s finest wineries, the beer garden and more.” Last year’s Festival is reported to have hosted over 200 vendors, and this year the Festival will expand beyond just wine to include three local breweries.
There will be live music in the Exhibit Hall and several musical performances in the tent. In addition, the Rotary Club of Astoria will serve their traditional crab dinner throughout the weekend.
The Festival hosts a number of contests, including a wine competition (open to their winery vendors, of which there are expected to be about 50). This year’s top three Best of Show titles were awarded to: Terra Vina – 2006 Dundee Hills Pinot Noir, Zerba Cellars – 2006 Syrah, and Sweet Cheeks – 2007 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir.
The Festival will be open on Friday, April 24, from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM; Saturday, April 25, from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM; and Sunday, April 26, from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Daily general admission prices are as follows: Friday – $8, Saturday – $10, and Sunday – $5. (Children under 12 are free.) Alternatively, a weekend pass may be purchased for $18 at the Astoria & Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce or on Friday at the Festival.
According to the Festival website, shuttles will be available from many of the area’s lodging properties, as well as at the Port of Astoria park and ride (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) and the “Lum’s” lot at 5th & Marine (Friday and Saturday only). The cost is $1 each way. Visitors coming from Seaside on Saturday can take a shuttle to the Festival for $6. (Call Seaside’s Best Tours at 503.738.9898 to reserve a spot.)