Sampling the entries during the 2014 Crab Cake Cook-Off.

Blue crab trivia contest

Contestants can complete quiz to become judges at Coast Day Crab Cake Cook-Off


2:24 p.m., July 16, 2015--Community members with a penchant for blue crabs can earn a judging position at the University of Delaware’s 26th annual Coast Day Crab Cake Cook-Off through the online Crab Cake Cook-Off Trivia Contest, which is now open. 

The participant who answers the most questions correctly will join last year’s cook-off winner and a local expert to sample and evaluate eight recipes prepared by this year’s finalists on Coast Day, Oct. 4, at UD’s Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes. 

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The Crab Cake Cook-Off is a time-honored tradition of Coast Day, the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment and Delaware Sea Grant’s annual community festival promoting marine stewardship and education. 

The trivia quiz includes a variety of questions about blue crabs, from the way anglers identify them to the way past Coast Day cook-off chefs have prepared them. Interested participants must complete and submit the 20 question quiz by Monday, Aug. 17. 

“The Crab Cake Cook-Off is a long-standing crowd favorite of Coast Day, and people always wonder how they can become a judge,” said Doris Hicks, seafood technology specialist for Delaware Sea Grant. “Here’s the chance.”

Judges will select the winning recipe based on taste, texture, predominance of crabmeat and originality.

Those interested in competing in the Crab Cake Cook-Off can submit their recipes on the Coast Day contests page by the Aug. 7 deadline. Eight finalists will vie for a cash prize, a position on next year’s judging panel and the award for Delaware’s best crab cakes.

The trivia contest winner will be announced Aug. 24. In the event of a tie, a winner will be randomly selected from the top participants.

Article by Caren Fitzgerald

Photo by Lane McLaughlin

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