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Something Very Fishy on Redwood Coast

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TASTE News Service, February 27, 2019 - Residents and merchants on California’s North Coast are inviting visitors to celebrate the mighty Pacific Ocean and one of its most pristine inlets, Humboldt Bay.

horse buggy Old Town Eureka PicmonkeyHorse-drawn transport in Old Town

Eureka, which bills itself as “the Queen City of Salt and Fog,” hosts the Eureka Salt and Fog Fish Festival taking place April 26 to 28 along the city’s historic and picturesque waterfront. The three-day event pays homage to their seafaring and ocean-fishing heritage while showcasing its best restaurants and seafood.

Vendors promise some of the freshest and most delicious seafood to be had anywhere on the West Coast. They will be utilizing storied recipes and local, underwater ingredients: Dungeness crab, Kumamoto and Pacific oysters, Cabazone, lingcod, and red and black rock fish to name just a few.

The festival kicks-off Friday night with a self-guided Pub Crawl in and around Eureka’s Victorian ‘Old Town.’ Tune into our website just before the event to view our official Pub Crawl map with participating establishments.

Madaket on Humboldt Bay PicmonkeyExperience Humboldt Bay from the Madaket

On Saturday, visitors will head to Madaket Plaza on Eureka’s bay-front, to find lively live music, a seafood chowder throw-down and Humboldt’s much lauded and award-winning craft beers and distilled spirits, Madaket Ferry rides along the Bay (with the smallest licensed bar in California); Tall Ships visiting from Gray’s Harbor Historical Seaport and a sea-battle reenactment, yacht races, and the opportunity to engage with Humboldt artisans, makers, producers, and growers, in a street-market setting.

On Sunday, you may want to clear your head and body with the ‘Fish Out of Water’ 5k. Post-race you can treat yourself to a Bloody Mary, just down the street or around a corner in Old Town. If you’ve had your fill of food and drink, you can visit Sequoia Park Zoo in a grove of old-growth and second growth redwoods. It’s the oldest accredited zoo in the State and a guaranteed charmer for all ages. Or, you can take the 50-minute drive along scenic 101—either south to the spectacular Rockefeller Forest or north to Redwood National Park. These are the biggest, tallest, and most awe-inspiring coast redwoods anywhere.

301 Rest Eureka 1 PicmonkeyRestaurant 301 will serve many fish options

Alanna Powell, Executive Director of Humboldt Made, states: “Humboldt is internationally renown for our redwoods and our cannabis, with a growing reputation for oysters, chocolate, goat cheese, grass-fed beef and an array of amazing, world-class foodstuffs. Combined with Eureka’s rich heritage of seafaring and seafood, it’s only natural we want to share this bounty with the outside world. So whether it’s a romantic couples getaway, or a fun and unique foodie adventure, or just plain and simple family fun, the Salt and Fog Seafood Fest will deliver. It’s going to be a blast and extremely yummy!”

Editor’s note:  For more information about the Salt & Fog Fish Festival visit www.visiteureka.com

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