About Crabfest 2018

Welcome to Salcombe Crab Festival – or Crabfest!

Cancer Pagurus (brown crab) caught by the Salcombe fleet off the South Devon coast is widely regarded as the best in the world. In fact, so famously flavoursome is our local mighty-clawed crustacean, that we thought it entirely deserving of its own annual celebration and so Crabfest was born.

Crabfest is not just an excellent opportunity for seafood lovers to get together and crack open some fine tasting crabs. More than that, Crabfest has become a vibrant showcase for the local fishing, food, drink and tourism industries at the heart of our unique area.

This year’s Crabfest will take place on Sunday 6th May 2018 – the first May bank holiday weekend. Come and enjoy a full day of events including cookery demos by award-winning chefs, crab picking masterclasses, crab pot making and much more. Come face to face with live crabs and lobsters on a tour of a commercial crab fishing vessel. Dig out your bucket and line for some quayside crab catching of your own – great fun for kids and adults alike! Or simply spend your day meandering the streets flanked with top quality stalls and exhibits, soaking up the atmosphere and stopping often to try, buy, munch, sip and guzzle.

We hope you have a cracking day. Enjoy!

TV Chef Matt Tebbutt in the Crabfest kitchen Mary Berry in conversation at Crabfest 2016

Photos © Norsworthy Photography