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White Marlin Festival and Crab Soup Cookoff this Sat.

By Kara Hallissey | Sep 07, 2017
Ciara Hess holds a crab soup sample at Seacrets' booth during the Ocean City Downtown Association White Marlin Festival and Crab Soup Cook Off, last year on the Somerset Street Plaza. The 2017 event will take place this Saturday.

(Sept. 8, 2017) Sample soups from nine local restaurants before voting for a winner during the Ocean City Downtown Association’s 13th annual Crab Soup Cookoff, this Saturday, on Somerset Street Plaza in downtown Ocean City.

“It starts with the restaurants that take the time to make the different types of crab soup [and] the different age groups come out to vote for the best soup, and the nonprofit organizations,” said Lisa Aydelotte, event coordinator for OCDA.

The White Marlin Festival will take place from noon to 3 p.m., is free to attend, and will feature booths from each restaurant in addition to the Ocean City Life-Saving Museum, OC Surf Club, the CRICKET Center, Believe in Tomorrow Children’s House, Play It Safe, the Lower Eastern Shore Heritage Area Council and face painting by Sally Ann.

The cost is $15 to taste 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.

Since last year’s red soup winner, Centerplate Catering, and Buddy’s Crabs & Ribs, who took home white soup honors, will not be returning, there will be new champions this year.

Nine restaurants are slated to compete for top honors including Fins, the Crab Cake Factory, Harrison’s Harbor Watch, Jules, Ocean 13, Seacrets, the Shrimp Boat and Sunrise Diner.

“It’s fun for all ages and the soup is the best that you will taste in this area,” Aydelotte said.

The band One Night Stand will provide a variety of music and visitors can also purchase beer, wine and sodas during the event.

Winners will be awarded a plaque to display in their restaurants, created by Plak That, and bragging rights until next year. Red and white soup categories will have a first-, second- and third-place winner.

At least 500 people generally attend the Crab Soup Cookoff, which has grown in popularity each year.

“The goal every year is to make this event more successful than the last,” Aydelotte said. “If you have never been to the cook off, then please come out and see how much fun it is.”

Events sponsored by the Ocean City Downtown Association will benefit from funds raised during the Crab Soup Cookoff, including a light display throughout the resort during Christmastime, the Halloween Drive in Disguise parade and the information center on the Boardwalk.

“This event is one of our most popular events and every year it gets a little bigger,” Aydelotte said. “The people love to give their vote for the soup.”

The Crab Soup Cookoff usually takes place in May, but the event was cancelled because of bad weather this year and rescheduled for this Saturday.

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

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