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Dungeness crab will star at upcoming fest in Sonoma

Never-ending Dungeness crab will be the centerpiece at the 27th annual Great Sonoma Crab & Wine Fest.
Never-ending Dungeness crab will be the centerpiece at the 27th annual Great Sonoma Crab & Wine Fest. Matt Salvo

Although the Dungeness crab fishery remains closed in California because of neurotoxin contamination from a massive algae bloom, the 27th annual Great Sonoma Crab & Wine Fest will lay out its spread as usual. That’s because the crabs will be sourced from Oregon, whose fishery reopened Jan. 4.

Tickets are limited, and the event sells out quickly, so here’s early warning: The feast will be Feb. 6 in the Grace Pavilion at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds (1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa). A reception and silent auction will begin at 4 p.m., featuring wines paired with hors d’oeuvres from area restaurants. The massive crab feed (with live auction) starts at 6:30 p.m.

Prices vary widely, from $950, $1,100 and $2,500 for reserved tables of 10, to individual tickets at $75. Click here for tickets and more information.

Proceeds will benefit the Sonoma County Farm Bureau’s agricultural-education programs.

Allen Pierleoni: 916-321-1128, @apierleonisacbe

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