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GET MUSSEL’d UP at the




Please note – yesterday’s Sailing of the Cutty Sark was canceled due to a Weather Advisory for Small Craft’s – issued by the National Weather Service.  Please inquire at the Boat Tour Ticket tent as to today’s schedule of the Cutty Sark.  

SUNDAY, MARCH 3rd 2013

10:00am-4:00pm – Sunday – MusselFest Headquarters Open

Coupeville Rec Hall

10:00am-3:00pm Mussel Cooking Demonstrations (Rec Hall)


  • 10:00am Steve Clarke, Executive Chef, Penn Cove Shellfish
  • 11:00am Larry Cordova, Executive Sous Chef, Microsoft Catering
  • 12:00pm Chris Garr, Executive Chef, Ivar’s Acres of Clams
  • 1:00pm Jeff Maxfield, Executive Chef, Seattle Space Needle
  • 2:00pm Steve Anderson, Executive Chef, Ivar’s Salmon House

10:00am-5:00pm – Sunday – Mussel Farm Tours

Leaves from the Coupeville Wharf

Cruise aboard the Glacier Spirit and visit the Penn Cove Shellfish Farm. Tours will be led by Penn Cove Shellfish staff and will leave from the Coupeville Wharf. Length of tour is 1 hour. ($10)

11:00am-3:30pm – Sunday – Mussel Chowder Tasting

Sample local restaurant’s secret mussel chowder recipes and vote for your favorite! Chowder tasting tickets sell out QUICKLY, so purchase
before 1pm. ($10)

Participating Restaurants Include:

  • Brett’s Bread (New participant!)
  • Christopher’s on Whidbey
  • Ciao
  • Coupeville Coffee & Bistro
    (2012 Chowder Winner-Tied for 1st place)
  • The Cove Thai Cuisine
  • Eagle’s Song Health and Wellness (New participant!)
  • Ebey Bowl
  • Front Street Grill
  • Kim’s Cafe
  • Knead and Feed
  • Lavender Wind Farm (New participant!)
  • The Oystercatcher
  • Pizza Factory
  • The Captain Whidbey Inn
  • Toby’s Tavern
  • The Tyee

11:00am-4:00pm – Sunday – Mussel Shuttles

(FREE!) – Travel the “Chowder Tasting Route” aboard these 24 passenger mini coaches. The Mussel Shuttles will run a continuous loop from downtown Coupeville, out to the Captain Whidbey Inn and back along the route to the south Main Street participating restaurants.

11:30am-2:30pm – Sunday – Children’s Seaside Activities and Songs

Mariners Court, 23 Front Street Join Nancy Stewart, national award-winning children’s entertainer and Northwest family favorite, for a concert of sing-along fun! Children’s art and activities will also take place shortly after the

Performing: 11:30am –12:15pm Nancy Stewart

11:30am-3:00pm Sunday – Waterfront Beer Garden

Located in the Rec Hall parking lot)
Sponsored by the Coupeville Historic Waterfront Association

Performing: 1:00pm – 3:00pm Dillinger’s Clambake

12:00am-2:00pm – Sunday – Cutty Sark Sailing Adventures

Leaves from the Coupeville Wharf
Join Captain John Stone for a 2 hour sailing adventure around Penn Cove aboard the Cutty Sark, a 52 foot classic ketch. Space is limited
to 6 passengers per sailing. ($30)

Sailings (weather permitting):

  • 12:00pm
  • 2:00pm

3:00pm-3:30pm Sunday – Mussel Eating Competition – Coupeville Rec Hall

You do not want to miss this! Who will take home the coveted MusselFest Crown? Whoever can eat 5 16 oz. cups of mussels first!
Space is limited to 30 contestants. ($5)

Other Community Weekend Events Whidbey Working Artists Continue their Spring Studio Tour – Sunday – March 3rd – Your Chance to see the Great Art made on Whidbey and Meet the Artists.  Visit their site at the link below for a printable map and descriptions of the Open Studios

Whidbey Working Artists


 The Whidbey Island Bicycle Club Mussels in the Kettles Bike Ride had another great Year – with Bikers of all ages and

experience enjoying our fantastic trails at Ebey’s in the Kettles

Visit their site Whidbey Island Bicycle Club