Salcombe Crabfest 2018: All you need to know

By Ross Purdy on April 13, 2018

Salcombe’s crab fishing industry is coming out of its shell from 10am on Sunday 6th May for Crabfest 2018, the harbour town’s vibrant festival of all-things related to local crab and seafood. Like last year’s inaugural event, Crabfest 2018 will take place on Island Street and across picturesque Salcombe, with a guest appearance from the celebrity chef Matt Tebbutt.

With over 40 exhibitors coming along, you’ll be able to take part in hands-on demonstrations, come face to face with live crabs and lobsters on a tour of a commercial fishing vessel, receive crab picking tuition, enjoy live music, sample local wines and tuck into an array of sumptuous seafood.

Prominent local chefs will be showing us all how it’s done, including Jane Baxter of Wild Artichokes, South Sands Hotel’s Allister Bishop, and Andy Richardson, Head Chef at the Oyster Shack.

The event is hosted by the Rotary Club of Salcombe in conjunction with Salcombe Gin, Favis of Salcombe and Coast & Country Cottages. As well as celebrating Salcombe’s historic crab fishing industry, it raises money for important charities. To date, the festival has raised over £20,000 for local charities and good causes!

Hope Cove Life Boat are this year’s charity of choice, and the money raised at Crabfest 2018 will help fund a new launch trolley for the lifeboat to make launching and recovery safer.

As a proud headline sponsor of Salcombe Crabfest, our locally-based team at Coast & Country Cottages will be busy manning our Island Street stall throughout the festival. Like last year, we’ll be providing fun activities for kids like face painting, toy fishing and shell decorating. And no, parents won’t have to ‘shell out’ a penny – all our activities are free!

The (so far!) short history of Salcombe Crabfest

With the promise of a day of delicious local seafood and the buzz of anticipation in the air, visitors and exhibitors gathered in Salcombe on May Day 2016 for the town’s first ever Crabfest. Over 3,000 people came, so expect similar numbers of people in Salcombe to join in the fun in 2018.

Salcombe Crabfest shows visitors so much about what’s great about Salcombe and South Devon – for example, excellent local food, warm hospitality and lively communities.

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For your chance to WIN an exceptional prize package, click here to enter our Salcombe Crabfest 2018 competition. Fancy landing some mighty clawed crustaceans of your own? Dig out your bucket and line for some quayside crabbing, and be sure to read our guide to crabbing in South Devon for the best crabbing tips!