Coast Day Crab Cake Cook-Off entries due Aug. 10

Local cooks are being invited to enter their original crabcake recipes for an opportunity to compete in the 27th Crab Cake Cook-Off to take place at Coast Day, a family-friendly event that showcases how University of Delaware scientists and Delaware Sea Grant are serving coastal communities.

Recipes should be based around the preparation of 2 pounds of jumbo-lump blue crab meat.

If selected as one of the eight finalists, entrants will have the opportunity to compete at the final competition on Oct. 7 during Coast Day, where they will be asked to prepare their dish for an in-person judging. The panel will be ranking dishes based on taste, balance of meat, texture and originality. Blue crab meat will be provided at the final competition, but all other ingredients and cooking appliances must be provided by competitors.

First-, second- and third-place winners will each be rewarded with cash prizes, of $250, $150 and $100, respectively, for their achievements. As an additional reward, the top three winners will have their recipes immortalized in the official Coast Day Crab Cake Cook Book, a recipe book containing the recipes of competition finalists dating back to the very first competition in 1990.

The recipe submission and entrant registration deadline is Aug. 10, so all aspiring chefs are being encouraged to fill out the entry form found on the Coast Day website at as soon as possible. Registration is limited to one entry per person. Entry forms can be e-mailed to or mailed to: Crab Cake Cook-Off, College of Earth, Ocean & Environment, Sea Grant Marine Advisory Service, 700 Pilottown Road, Lewes, DE 19958-1298.

Coast Day is held by University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean & Environment (CEOE) and the Delaware Sea Grant College Program on the first Sunday in October every year. It provides the public the chance to learn about the research and teaching under way at the college and the work Sea Grant is doing in the community.

Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with researchers, tour ships, try hands-on activities and attend presentations on a range of topics. Family-friendly activities will include an event-wide treasure hunt for answers to questions about the environment and a number of Coast Day exhibits.

Children can meet sea-dwelling animals at the critter touch tanks. Everyone can enjoy live music, exhibitor displays and seafood favorites showcased by local chefs at the Crab Cake Cook-Off and the Seafood Chowder Challenge.

Coast Day will take place on Oct. 7, at the University of Delaware’s Hugh R. Sharp campus in Lewes. More information is available at