Celebrate, and eat, mussels in Coupeville this weekend

  • Thu Mar 1st, 2012 8:30am
  • Life

Head to Coupeville this weekend to celebrate Penn Cove’s bountiful bivalve.

The Penn Cove MusselFest runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. tonight, 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

MusselFest headquarters is at the Coupeville Recreation Hall, 4 NE Seventh St., Coupeville.

This family fun event begins with some adult entertainment Friday night where visitors can eat giant “prairie dog” Polish hot dogs and Thai ginger mussels along with some pilsner while listening to musicians from Tambourine Sky at the Mussel Mingle.

Tickets are $20 at the Central Whidbey Chamber of Commerce, 23 Front St., Coupeville, or call 360-678-5434.

A sample of events for the rest of the weekend:

Mussel cooking demonstrations by some talented local guest chefs, mussel farm tours (tickets $10) aboard the Glacier Spirit to visit the Penn Cove Shellfish Farm and mussel chowder tastings ($10) to sample local chowders and vote for your favorite.

There are also free children’s seaside activities and songs at Mariners Court, 23 Front St., Coupeville.

Nancy Stewart, national award-winning children’s entertainer, will lead kids during a sing-along concert. There will also be children’s art activities and other kid-related events throughout the weekend.

At 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday is the popular mussel eating competition ($5). Watch as bivalve-eating contestants vie for the coveted MusselFest Crown. The winner is whoever can eat five 16-ounce cups of mussels first. Space is limited to 30 contestants.

For a complete schedule of events, go to www.thepenncovemusselfestival.com.

Herald staff