Coast Day Crab Cake Cook-Off entries due August 10

Jul. 03, 2018

By Connor Keane

Local cooks are invited to enter their original crab cake recipes for an opportunity to compete in the 27th Crab Cake Cook-Off to take place at Coast Day, a family-friendly event that showcases how University of Delaware scientists and Delaware Sea Grant are serving coastal communities. Recipes should be based around the preparation of two pounds of jumbo lump blue crab meat.

If selected as one of the eight finalists, entrants will have the opportunity to compete at the final competition October 7 during Coast Day, where they will be asked to prepare their dish for an in-person judging. The panel will be ranking dishes based on taste, balance of meat, texture and originality. Blue crab meat will be provided at the final competition, but all other ingredients and cooking appliances must be provided by competitors.

First, second and third place winners will each be rewarded with cash prizes of $250, $150, and $100 (respectively) for their achievements. As an additional reward, these top three winners will have their recipes immortalized in the official Coast Day Crab Cake Cook Book, a recipe book containing the recipes of competition finalists dating back to the very first competition in 1990.

The recipe submission and entrant registration deadline is August 10th, so all aspiring chefs are encouraged to fill out the entry form found on the Coast Day website as soon as possible. Registration is limited to one entry per person. Entry forms can be e-mailed to or mailed to:

Crab Cake Cook-Off
College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment
Sea Grant Marine Advisory Service
700 Pilottown Road, Lewes, DE 19958–1298

About Coast Day
Coast Day is held by University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE) and the Delaware Sea Grant College Program on the first Sunday in October every year. It provides the public the chance to learn about the research and teaching underway at the college and the work Sea Grant is doing in the community.

Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with researchers, tour ships, try hands-on activities, and attend presentations on a range of topics. Family-friendly activities will include an event-wide treasure hunt for answers to questions about the environment and a number of Coast Day exhibits. Children can meet sea-dwelling animals at the critter touch tanks.

Everyone can enjoy live music, exhibitor displays and seafood favorites showcased by local chefs at the Crab Cake Cook-Off and the Seafood Chowder Challenge.
Coast Day will take place on October 7, 2018 at the University of Delaware's Hugh R. Sharp campus in Lewes.