Ocean City Today

Ten restaurants to participate in Crab Soup Cookoff

By Kara Hallissey | May 10, 2018
Chef and owner Julius Adam Sanders won the red soup division of the Crab Soup Cookoff during the 2017 White Marlin Festival.

(May 11, 2018) Ten local restaurants are slated to participate in the Ocean City Downtown Association’s 15th annual Crab Soup Cookoff, this Saturday on Somerset Street Plaza in downtown Ocean City.

“This event is one of the first of the season that brings out the locals, tourists and families from all over the Delmarva area to taste the different types of crab soups, listen to great music by One Night Stand and be able to run into friends that have not seen each other through the offseason,” said Lisa Aydelotte, Ocean City Downtown Association event coordinator.

Check out the White Marlin Festival from noon to 3 p.m., which is free to attend, featuring booths from each restaurant in addition to a number of vendors selling original art, infinity designs, jewelry, handcrafted bags, and hats and blankets embroidered with crabs. There will also be a craft table for children to paint or color crabs and face painting by Sally Ann.

“This year is going to be a lot different due to having vendors that you can purchase items from,” Aydelotte said. “We are looking to make this event bigger and better than previous years with new and wonderful changes. Every year feels like Christmas in May for us with new and existing participants.”

Local nonprofit organizations including the Ocean City Life-Saving Museum, OC Surf Club, Play It Safe, the Lower Eastern Shore Heritage Area Council, Ocean City Beach Patrol, the Susan G. Komen Foundation, the Maryland Coast Guard, and “Fight the Bite” for Lyme Disease, will all have booths with information for event attendees.

“We would like to thank all the nonprofit organizations,” Aydelotte said. “It is fun for all ages and a unique experience.”

The cost is $15 to sample the different soups and vote for the winners. Prizes will be awarded for best white and red soups as well as the best-decorated booth. Most restaurants will have more than one soup for visitors to try.

Last year’s red soup winner, Jules Fine Dining on 118th Street, and the white soup winner, the Casino at Ocean Downs in Berlin, will return to defend their titles on Saturday.

“We could have an interesting battle between the downtown bayside dock restaurants: the Angler, M.R. Ducks and Marina Deck,” Aydelotte said. “There are 10 fantastic restaurants. Last year’s winners are both returning to defend their titles and are looking forward to winning.”

Also participating in the competition will be Seacrets, the Shrimp Boat, Ocean 13, Waterman’s Seafood and Loca Madre.

“We will have refreshments for all ages, from beer and wine to sodas and water,” Aydelotte said.

Winners will receive a plaque to display in their restaurants, created by Steel N Glory, and bragging rights until next year. Red and white soup categories will have a first-, second- and third-place winner. The red and white soup winners will also take home a cash award, Aydelotte said.

About 700 people attended the Crab Soup Cookoff in September, which was rescheduled from May because of bad weather. The event grows in popularity every year and organizers expect a huge turnout on Saturday.

“We will be having several students from Stephen Decatur High School along with members of the Downtown Association that will give up three hours on a Saturday to help out this wonderful event,” Aydelotte said.

Events sponsored by the Ocean City Downtown Association will benefit from funds raised during the Crab Soup Cookoff, including a downtown light display during Christmastime and the information center on the Boardwalk.

“Thank you to Mayor Rick Meehan, Bill Purnell, the city council and the Town of Ocean City for always giving us the opportunity to grow in our amazing town,” Aydelotte said.

The Crab Soup Cookoff rain date is slated for June 2.

Visit www.downtownassociation. net to learn more about the Ocean City Downtown Association or call 410-289-1413.

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