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Crab Feasts, by the numbers

Aug 04, 2011 07:30PM ● By Anonymous

Of course, small groups in the Chesapeake region have all-you-can-eat crab feasts nearly every weekend, and we're not diminishing how fantastic those are. However, in the next two weeks, there are two biggies: The Annapolis Rotary Crab Feast on Friday, August 5th, and the Seafood Feast-I-Val in Cambridge on Saturday, August 13th. 

The 13th just happens to be my birthday, and my brother- and sister-in-law just happen to live in Cambridge, so we're taking a trip over the Bay Bridge to do a little crab feastin' of our own that day. 

The statistics when it comes to these crab feasts are mind-boggling. The Rotary Club's Crab Feast expects 2,500 people and will go through 478 bushels of crabs, 3,400 ears of corn, 130 gallons of crab soup, 1,800 hot dogs, and 150 pounds of beef barbecue. The Cambridge Feast-I-Val is smaller, but impressive in its own right. Chairman Ricky Travers says they expect between 1,800 and 2,000 people. Last year, they went through 100 bushels of crabs and 60 gallons of Maryland Crab Soup.

Feel like getting a little messy? Here are the details for both events:

2011 Annapolis Rotary Crab Feast
Where: Navy-Marine Corp Memorial Stadium, Annapolis
When: 5-8 p.m. Friday, August 5th
Cost: $60 adults, $20 children age 3-12, free for kids under 3
Beneficiary: Local charities
Menu: All-you-can-eat and drink crabs, Maryland Crab soup, corn on the cob, beef barbecue sandwich, hot dogs, draft beer, soda, and water.
Call: 877-333-9667

32nd Annual Seafood Feast-I-Val
Where: Sailwinds Park, Cambridge
When: 1-6 p.m. Saturday, August 13th
Cost: $35 in advance, $38 at the door, $10 children
Beneficiary: Cambridge Rescue Fire Company
Menu: All-you-can-eat crabs, crab soup, fried fish, fried clams, barbecue chicken, hot dogs, sliced tomatoes, corn on the cob, watermelon, Ranch fries, sweet potatoes fries, and soda. Beer and wine sold separately.
Call: 410-228-1211