Maryland's Taste of Cambridge Crab Cook-Off and Festival is July 12, 2014

Best in Show: Blue Point's Crab Cakes



To see which chefs and restaurants won the Judge's Choice and the People's Choice awards in the Crab Cook-Off, please visit the Taste Winners Page.


To see photos from the 2013 Taste of Cambridge, check out our Facebook photo album from the 2013 event. You can also find links here to fun photo albums from previous years.


Mark your calendar for July 12, 2014. That's the date of the 10th Annual Taste of Cambridge. Information about sponsorships, reserving blocks of group tickets, and other matters is available at 443.477.0843 or Otherwise, details of the event will be announced here in the spring of 2014.


Continue reading for information about the 2013 Taste of Cambridge.


Downtown Cambridge's biggest street festival of the year is the Taste of Cambridge Crab Cook-Off and Festival! The 2013 edition of the event was held on Saturday, July 13, from 5-10pm.


The street festival is free and open to all! The Crab Cook-Off happens inside the festival. Here, local chefs from 10 restaurants prepare crab dishes and competed for top honors in voting by ticket holders and from a panel of celebrity judges. Those who bought a ticket for the Crab-Cook-Off got a taste of each of the 14 dishes, then you cast votes for their favorite. Tickets cost $25 per person. (Please note: TASTING HAPPENS 5-7:30pm ONLY!) Visit the Taste Winners Page to see who won the Crab Cook-Off in 2013--and in earlier years as well!

The festival benefits Cambridge Main Street, a nonprofit that works on revitalizing the small historic downtown.


WHEN: Taste of Cambridge was Saturday, July 13, 2013. It'll run 5-10pm (Crab Cook-Off tasting happens 5-7:30pm ONLY). Rain or shine!


WHERE: 400 and 500 blocks of Race Street, 500 block of Poplar Street. Plenty of free parking available. Directions are here.


Buy a ticket to the Crab Cook-Off and you get to sample crabcakes, crab dips, crab soups, and crab specialty items prepared by top local chefs. After you sample the crab dishes, you can cast your vote for winners of the People's Choice Awards. A panel of celebrity judges will also be choosing the best dishes for the Judges Choice Awards. Tickets are required to taste the crab dishes; tasting happens 5-7:30pm ONLY, so get there on time!

Entry to the festival is free. Tickets for the Crab Cook-Off cost $25. Tickets are non-refundable. Information about ticket sales for the July 12, 2014 Taste of Cambridge will be announced here in the spring of 2014. Early inquiries about group tickets, sponsorships, and other matters can be made at 443.477.0843 and 



See the full schedule of events.


SUGAR CRAB! Before the event, from 2-4pm, top pastry chef Steve Weiss created a crab sculpture out of sugar in the window of Hunt Insurance, 436 Race Street! Chef Weiss has competed on several Food Network shows. He also served as a celebrity judge during the Crab Cook-Off.

MUSIC: Live music at the 2013 Taste of Cambridge included regional favorites Anything Goes and Black Dog Alley on the main stage. Guitarist Jeff Calder headed up the acoustic stage, performing with Evan Button, Emma Myers, and Gregory Leibman. Josh Woodward and James Laverty from the local band Blackwater performed in the Sponsor Hospitality Tent.
CRAB-PICKING! Every year the Taste of Cambridge features a professional crab-picking contest to see how fast pickers from local crab houses can pick a dozen crabs! The 2013 winner was Magedlana Mata, a picker from the J.M. Clayton Company here in downtown Cambridge.

CONTESTS and FUN FOR THE KIDS! The festival featured a Kids' Area with lots of contests--watermelon-eating, Lego-building, Cake Walk, and more, plus lots of games, crafts, and other fun, including the juggler Cascading Carlos.
FOOD AND DRINK! Lots of non-crab food and cold drinks were available. Adult beverages available, too!

SHOPPING & ART: PLUS, downtown shops and galleries were open all day and throughout the event. Three galleries hosted free receptions the night of the event; ; see the descriptions of all the shops and restaurants here.


Downtown Cambridge is on Maryland's Eastern Shore, just a few blocks off of Route 50. More detailed directions here.

Ten local restaurants prepared 14 crab dishes. The 2013 participating restaurants included Bistro Poplar, Blue Point Provision Company at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort, Cambridge Yacht Club, The High Spot, Jimmie & Sook's Raw Bar and Grill, Leaky Pete's Oyster & Wine Bar, Ocean Odyssey, Portside, Stoked, and Suicide Bridge Restaurant.


Every year at Taste, a panel of judges is served blind tastings of all the dishes entered in the Crab Cook Off. The 2013 lineup of judges was:

• Steve Weiss: Top pastry chef, sugar artist, and competitor on Food Network. Hospitality and Culinary Arts Program Coordinator, Blue Ridge Community and Technical College Academy of Hospitality and Culinary Arts. BONUS: From 2-4pm, before the event, Steve created an amazing CRAB SUGAR SCULPTURE in the window at Hunt Insurance, 436 Race Street!

• Kim Cooper: Contributing Dining Editor at What’s Up Magazine.

• Katie Moose: Author of numerous cookbooks and travel books, including the Chesapeake Bounty cookbooks. She is based in Talbot County.

Every year The Taste of Cambridge is organized by Cambridge Main Street and happens only with the help of nearly 100 volunteers. If you're interested in volunteering to plan the 2014 Taste event, 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

Chesapeake Utilities

Pohanka Automative Group of Salisbury
Powell Realtors

Tri-Gas & Oil
Aero Energy

Delmarva Power
Michael Hodes, LLC
The National Bank of Cambridge
Pep Up Inc.
RPS ISG International
Thomas Funeral Home, P.A.
Choptank Animal Hospital

C & K Lord, Inc.

H&M Bay, Inc.

Hebron Savings Bank
Jeffrey L. Taylor, DDS
The J. M. Clayton Company      
Friends of the Taste of Cambridge
Bay Country Security, Inc.

Bayside Animal Hospital
Chesapeake Equipment Co.
Folger Nolan Fleming Douglas, Inc.

Kool Ice & Seafood

Lindy's Seafood
Mr. & Mrs. Edward Burton
R. Brooks & Son

Talbot Bank


Media Sponsor

The Banner


In-Kind Sponsors

Cambridge Motorsports
Chesapeake Equipment Company
Coastal Hospice

Craig’s Drug Store
Eastern Shore Dance Academy

J. M. Clayton Seafood Company
Mr. Brett Summers


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

See photos of the 2013 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 the 2013 Crab Cook-Off. You'll find winners from previous years there too.






Taste of Cambridge 

 Taste of Cambridge
Crab Cook-Off
and Festival!

July 12, 2014

Crab Cook-Off: 5-7:30pm

Festival: 5-10pm

Downtown Cambridge, Maryland






Taste of Cambridge on Maryland's Eastern Shore