2022 – March 4, 5 & 6
Things were a little different for MUSSELFEST 2021
Every March for decades we’ve held the MusselFest in Coupeville on the first weekend in March. 2021 was not so lucky. At that time, we held a mussel chowder invitational for mussel loving visitors to go local restaurants and enjoy Penn Cove grown mussel dishes.We also produced a Mussels in March T-Shirt and poster for all the collectors. ALL restaurants maintained COVID safety protocols and a good time was had by those who came down to the historic waterfront throughout March.
Pending the state of covid and guidance from the state and county, we plan to hold the 2022 MusselFest on March 4th, 5th and 6th. Lite your candles and keep your thoughts towards 2022 being still safe for outdoor events.
MusselFest is an annual celebration of the delicious and award winning mussels grown right here in Coupeville by the Penn Cove Shellfish. Every March for 30 plus years this ‘bold, briny and blue’ tradition has been a favorite Washington festival.
Two days of festivities
Hotly contested chowder tasting tour with 16 recipes
Boat tours of the Penn Cove Shellfish farm
Free Chef Demos
FREE children’s activities
Food and fun for all ages.
Photo Credit: G. Samelson
Coupeville is on Whidbey Island in the state of Washington. Our historic district sits right on the shores of Penn Cove (part of the Salish Sea) with the Coupeville Wharf as our iconic center piece.
Coupeville is part of Ebey’s National Historical Reserve.
Get a map here
Watch Mussel Eating Competition Videos HERE
Our 2015 recognition from the Washington State Main Street Program (under the Washington State Department of Archeology and Historic Preservation and the National Main Street Center) is a bonus to our already Coupeville Proud hearts.
Thank you to our sponsors, members, volunteers and community partners for helping us make MusselFest a great and award winning event.
PAST MUSSELFEST PRESS/BLOGS
2020 – Escape cabin fever: Get out to Musselfest… – Seattle PI
2020 – This Washington Island Town Is Hosting A Mouthwatering Mussel Fest – Narcity USA
2020 – Musselfest to kick off with Friday Mingle – Whidbey News Times
2019 – Musselfest madness – Whidbey News Times
2018 – Coupeville shows its mussel might. Musselfest attracts record visitors –Whidbey News Times
2018 – The Penn Cove Musselfest: How to eat well and walk it off. – Seattle PI
2018 – MusselFest harvests tastes and tourism – Whidbey News Times
2018 – After a near disaster, Whidbey Island can still celebrate the mussel. – KOMO News
2017 – Penn Cove Mussel Fest: Whidbey Island’s Musselicious Event – Real Food Traveler
2017 – Mussels show their might this weekend – Whidbey News Times
2016 – Mussel mania kicks off for twentieth year in Coupeville – South Whidbey Record
2016 – Penn Cove MusselFest celebrates 30 years – Whidbey Daily News
2015 – Blue gold: Troll Whidbey Island’s mussel trail – USA Today
2015 – Musselfest 2015 – Enjoying the Fruits of the Sea – Mr. and Mrs. Smith Go to Washington
2015 – Penn Cove MusselFest Ranked #6 of 16 for Best Food Festival – Pacific Northwest City Voter
2013 – Put on a pot of mussels and relish our local riches – Seattle Times
2013 – Mussel Madness: Coupeville festival draws thousands –Whidbey Examiner
2012 – Mussels meet muscles in Mussel Fest cycling event – Whidbey News Times
2011 – Mussels star this weekend in Coupeville. News Times Staff
2010 – Make merry at the Penn Cove Mussel Festival – The Everett Herald
2009 – Chowder Competition Draws Throng to MusselFest – Whidbey News Times
2009 – Cold weather doesn’t faze mussel eaters – Whidbey News Times
2005 – Mussels can stand up to bold flavors and are affordable, too – Seattle Post Intelligencer
2002 – For one weekend a year Coupeville is Mussel Beach – South Whidbey Record
SEE YOU at MUSSELFEST 2021 – March 6th & 7th