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