Mendocino welcomes Crab and Wine Days

Dungeness_crabCrabs and wine provide a perfect excuse to head to northern California this weekend.

Mendocino celebrates the two tastes with an array of events. The Crab and Wine Days festival welcomes winter's Dungeness crab season with cooking classes, crab tours, fishing excursions, crustacean-and-wine dinners.

You're going to have to eat strategically to get in all the fun.

On January 23, choose from a Cioppino dinner, with salad and French bread for $30. Or head over to a crab feed at the Knights of Columbus Hall on January 23 and 24, where for $40, you get your fill of crabs along with salad, bread, and wine.

Also on the 24th, there's a crab cook-off and wine tasting competition. Admission, $65, includes plenty of tastings and wine — and the chance to cast your vote for the best crab. Compare your vote against the decision of judges, which include a friend, Jeff Book, and other notables such as Google's executive chef Olivia Wu.

After all that eating, you're going to need a break from eating. My suggestion: On Sunday, go the Crabby Film Festival and catch a screening of "Attack of the Crab Monsters," clip below, and other nautically themed horror films at Little River Inn.

Photo via Flickr: Mecredis

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