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Indulge in Mollusks at Penn Cove MusselFest

Join Northwest mollusk lovers for the Penn Cove MusselFest—Coupeville, Washington’s March 7 and 8, 2015 tradition. “Bold, briny and blue,” the world famous mussels will be the centerpiece of two days of festivities, including chowder tasting and mussel eating competitions, farm tours and activities for all ages featuring locally-flavored fun.
Visitors to the festival, a tradition now in its 29th year, should start at the MusselFest Headquarters, located at the Coupeville Recreation Hall in the heart of historic downtown Coupeville.
Here they can purchase tickets to the festival favorite Mussel Chowder Tasting Competition, which pits local restaurants against each other for the coveted Mussel Chowder prize. The competition sells out quickly, so organizers recommend that visitors buy their tickets before 12:00 pm.
MusselFest Headquarters is also the center for mussel cooking demonstrations, the daily mussel eating competition, and tickets for the mussel farm boat tour. This year, visitors will cruise to the Penn Cove Shellfish mussel farm aboard the Glacier Spirit.
The Waterfront Wine & Beer Garden provides locally crafted brews from Flyers Brewery, with nearby family outdoor dining. On Saturday, the Penn Cove Shellfish Mussels, Wine & Beer Garden will entertain the crowds with live music, as well as fresh mussels and great beverages.
The weekend also includes the 5th annual “Mussels in the Kettles” Mountain Bike Poker Ride and the Spring Art Tour, featuring artists at studios from Greenbank to Oak Harbor.
For more information, visit or call the Central Whidbey Chamber of Commerce at (360) 678-5434.