Thanks to all for a great Taste of Cambridge Crab Cook-Off and Festival!

Best in Show: Blue Point's Crab Cakes

Thanks to everyone for being part of the 10th annual Taste of Cambridge Crab Cook-Off and Festival on July 12!  It was a record-breaking day!


2014 Taste of Cambridge Crab Cook-Off People's Choice winners:

Best Cream of Crab Soup: Jimmie & Sook's
Best Maryland Vegetable Crab Soup: Leaky Pete's
Best Crab Cake/Ball: Madison Bay Restaurant
Best Crab Dip: Leaky Pete's
Best Crab Specialty: Ocean Odyssey, for crab fritters with pico de gallo
Best Crab Specialty - Newcomer: Cranium's at the Beach (also known as Richard Craniums East), for crab nachos
Best in Show: Cranium's at the Beach (also known as Richard Craniums East), for crab nachos

2014 Taste of Cambridge Crab Cook-Off
Judges' Choice Winners:


Best Cream of Crab Soup: Jimmie & Sook's Raw Bar and Grill
Best Maryland Vegetable Crab Soup: Stoked Wood-Fired Eatery
Best Crab Cake/Ball: Cambridge Yacht Club
Best Crab Dip: High Spot Gastropub
Best Crab Specialty: Jimmie & Sook's Raw Bar and Grill, for crab salad
Best Crab Specialty Newcomer: Elliott's Baking Company, for crab-stuffed pretzel


See the Taste of Cambridge 2014 photo album!


This year we had 14 local restaurants competing in the 2014 Crab Cook-Off! The People's Choice "Best in Show" winner, Craniums at the Beach, will now compete against 49 of the world's top seafood chefs at the World Food Championships in Las Vegas in November 2014! The participating restaurants and their dishes:

Bistro Poplar (cream of crab soup)
Blue Point Provision Co. (at the Hyatt Chesapeake) (crab risotto with black truffle)
Cambridge Yacht Club (crab cake)
Cranium's at the Beach (opening in downtown Cambridge later this summer!) (crab nachos)
Elliott's Baking Company (crab-stuffed pretzel)
High Spot Gastropub (crab dip)
Jimmie & Sooks Raw Bar and Grill (cream of crab soup, crab salad)
Leaky Pete's (Maryland vegetable crab soup)
Madison Bay Restaurant (crab cake)
Ocean Odyssey Seafood Restaurant (crab fritters with pico de gallo)
RAR Brewing (crab spring roll)
Squoze Healthy Carryout (tomato, jalapeno and crab juice shooter)
Stoked Wood-Fired Eatery (Maryland vegetable crab soup)
Water's Edge Grill (at the Hyatt Chesapeake) (crab cake)


Chef Max Hardy - a 2014 judge for Taste of CambridgeEvery year at Taste, a panel of judges is served blind tastings of all the dishes entered in the Crab Cook Off. They determine the winners of the Judges' Choice Awards. Thanks to our 2014 judges: Chef Max Hardy, personal chef to Amar’e Stoudemire from the New York Knicks and his family (pictured here); Kim Cooper, a dining editor for What's Up magazine; and Kevin Scott, a Dorchester County native who works with the National Restaurant Association. Chef Hardy will also be doing a book signing for his just published cookbook, Cooking with Amar’e – 100 Easy Recipes for Pros and Rookies in the Kitchen.

Every year The Taste of Cambridge is organized by Cambridge Main Street and happens only with the help of 100 volunteers. If you're interested in volunteering to plan the 2015 Taste event, or being part of other Main Street events, send a note to
This area is home to hundreds of watermen who have been crabbing for generations. Taste of Cambridge celebrates their hard work -- and the delicious bounty they harvest. Proceeds from the event go to the nonprofit Cambridge Main Street and downtown revitalization. 



G&G Distributors
Dr. Cassie Burton

Eastern Shore Smile Solutions
Protenergy Natural Foods, Inc.

Tri-Gas & Oil


Avon-Dixon Insurance Agency
Charles Powell Realtors
Comcast Spotlight
LWRC International, LLC
The National Bank of Cambridge

Thomas Funeral Home
Bayside Driving School
C & K Lord
Chesapeake Utilities
Choptank River Golf & Event Center

Delmarva Power

Holiday Inn Express Cambridge
The Hutchinson Family

Jess Jr's & Sons

Lane Engineering

Lindy's Seafood
Dr. Mary Ann Moore
The Law Office of Michael C. Maloney

Pep-Up Inc.

Pliescott HVAC Services, LLC

Hotel Sponsor
Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort


Media Sponsors

Delmarva Public Radio

Dorchester Banner

MTS Broadcasting

Mike & Sarah Baugh

Bay Country Security
R. Brooks & Son
Connie Burton
Edward & Norma Burton
Choptank Transport

Bill Collier

Eastern Shore Hospital Center Auxiliary

Folger Nolan Fleming Douglas
Generation III Marina
Dr. Donald Harmon
Interstate Container

Mason Little
James & Beth Ann Lynch
Parker Counts Melton & Goodman, PC
Talbot Bank
Jeffrey L. Taylor, DDS, PA

In-Kind Sponsors

Cambridge Motorsports, Inc.
The J. M. Clayton Company
Coastal Hospice
Craig’s Drug Store, Inc.

Ted Creighton
Dorchester Family YMCA
Eastern Shore Dance Academy

Florals Unique
Novo Development Corp.
Sailwinds Park


For information about sponsorship, send an e-mail to Cambridge Main Street or call 443.477.0843.

See photos of the 2014 Taste of Cambridge in our Facebook photo album. Watch some Taste video highlights from a previous year on YouTube!

Go to the Taste Winners Page to see who won in which categories in past Crab Cook-Offs.






Taste of Cambridge 



11th Annual
Taste of Cambridge
Crab Cook-Off
and Festival!

July 11, 2015

Crab Cook-Off: 5-7:30pm

Festival: 5-10pm

Downtown Cambridge, Maryland







Taste of Cambridge on Maryland's Eastern Shore