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CRAB COOK-OFF & Fun Street Festival

July 14, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

$20 – $30.00

Join us for the 13th annual Taste of Cambridge Crab Cook-Off and free street festival, happening on the Second Saturday in July 2018. The event is a free access street festival along the 500 block of Poplar Street and the 400 block of Race Street, plus a ticketed tasting of delicious crab dishes prepared by local restaurants. Event begins at 5pm and ends at 10pm.

The Crab Cook-Off Competition portion of the event is ticketed and features 11 local restaurants competing to win your vote for best crab dishes in four categories, plus an overall winner. Advance price tickets are on sale now through July 11th! Tickets day of available and depend on availability. Cash and Credit Cards are accepted. A LIMITED number of tickets are available, and typically sell out!

Purchased tickets are redeemable the day of the event for your tasting ballot to try each delicious dish and vote for your favorite in each category including best crab dip, crab soup, crab cake/ball, and specialty crab dish. Tasting begins at 5pm and ends at 8pm. Stick around for live music and dancing in the street with Arty Hill and the Long Gone Daddys!

The street festival features a crab picking competition, local musicians perform throughout the evening, and a dedicated kid’s zone with games, competitions, and crafts! Restaurants and street vendors serve a variety of food.

Schedule of Events:

2pm to 7pm – Day of Ticket Sales – Buy your Day Of Tickets while they last at our Gay / Race Street Ticket Booth, check in and exchange your tickets for taste ballots here too! Get here early to exchange your ticket for your ballot!

5pm – 8pm Crab Dish tasting & voting

8:15pm Judge’s Choice Winner’s Announced

Local Live Music – 5pm – 10pm

Contests: get here early to register for the kid’s watermelon eating and hula hoop contests! registration opens up at 5pm in the Kid’s Zone.

Various Dance Performances 6pm – 8pm.

Crab Cook-Off Competitors

Thank you to our 2018 Sponsors!

GOLD Sponsors

Thank you for your sponsorship – GOLD Level! Culta, Kelly Distributing, Tri-Gas & Oil, Russell Paving/Choptank Bowling/ TireWorld, Dorchester County Economic Development, Preston Automotive, and Delmarva Public Radio.

Silver Sponsors

Thank you for your Sponsorship – Silver Sponsors! Chesapeake College, Delmarva Power, Tidewater Physical Therapy, City of Cambridge, Beat the Rush Delivery, Cabin Fever Play Centre, Eastern Shore Smile Solutions, Thomas Funeral Home, and Protenergy.

Bronze Sponsors

Thank you for your Sponsorship – Bronze Level! Score Mid-Shore, B & G Foods, Aero Energy, Holiday Inn, For All Seasons, Shore United Bank, Parker, Goodman, Gordon, Hammock, and Yusuf Shariff Esq.

Learn More about how to become a part of this year’s event:



Tasting Tickets: Crab Cook-Off Competition

Tickets are available via online (complete your order below), or in person at the Downtown Cambridge office or the Dorchester Chamber of Commerce. We accept cash, check in person or by credit card/PayPal through our website.

In Person – Where:

  • Downtown Cambridge – 437 Race Street


  • June 1st – 30th $25.00
  • July 1st – 13th $30.00 (EXTENDED THROUGH FRIDAY!)
  • DAY OF July 14th $35.00 (based on availability) DAY OF TICKETS @ GAY STREET TICKET BOOTH 2pm – 7pm – or until sold out!


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