PRESENTS THE 14th ANNUAL
RAZOR CLAM AND SEAFOOD FESTIVAL!
Clam diggers and food lovers will be heading to Ocean Shores, WA for the 14th annual Razor Clam & Seafood Festival!
Saturday, March 21st – 22nd, 2020
ABOUT THE EVENT
The Ocean Shores Razor Clam and Seafood Festival is the celebration of local beach life, culture and the great bounty of the sea featuring our famous razor clam “digs.” The Festival offers activities for the entire family whether you come to go clamming, to enjoy the 6 miles of beach or the amazing array of fun and activities in the beach town businesses and Festival. The Festival is growing and expanding this year – check our website, grab a program or just start looking around as you come into town!
WHAT TO EXPECT:
LOCATED AT THE OCEAN SHORES CONVENTION CENTER:
The Festival Food!
We have dramatically expanded the festival food offerings this year. The booths will be outside, surrounding “Clam Central” the tent loaned to us by Oyhut Bay. Inside the Convention Center there will be more seating along with the chowder tasting contest booths.
Razor clams will be provided by the Quinault Nation fishery – Quinault Pride Seafood. Our oysters will be from Taylor Shellfish, one of the finest oyster producers in the country, based in Southwest Washington.
We will also offer a full bar with beer, wine, spirits (must be consumed in Convention Center)
Clam & Seafood Recipes
The Pacific Razor Clam:
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This species has an elongated oblong narrow shell, which ranges from 3 to 6 inches (8 to 15 cm) in length in the southern portion of its range, with individuals up to 11 inches (28 cm). It is similar to the smaller Atlantic razor clam, Siliqua costata, which is found on the East Coast of the United States. The name razor clam is also used for the Atlantic jackknife clam, Ensis directus. While the Atlantic jackknife clam is in the same family as the Pacific razor clam the jacknife clam is in a different genus.
How to Dig Razor Clams:
First look for a “clam show”. What is a clam show? That’s where a clam has withdrawn its neck or started to dig leaving a hole or dimple in the sand. There are three major kind of “shows” to look for:
- dimple: a depression in the sand
- doughnut: which has raised sides
- keyhole: which is usually in drier sand areas and is shaped like an “hour-glass” or is a hole with very distinct sides.
Always look for the larger sized hole shown here next to a quarter. This is a good indication that the clam will be larger, but not always.
Clams will also show at the edge of the surf line when you pound the beach with a shovel handle or your foot. They may squirt sand and water out of the hole where they are located. You need to be quick when digging in the surf as razor clams dig quite fast in the soft fluid sand.
Proper digging improves your efficiency, minimizes the breaking of clams and cut fingers.
Where to Find Licenses & Equipment
Where to buy Licenses:
Oyhut Bay Fresh Market | Rhino | Shell | IGA | Ace Hardware | Gas Stations at Hogans Corner | Ocean City Market
Where to Buy Equipment:
Oyhut Bay Fresh Market | Ace Hardware | Arrow Lumber | Ocean City Marketplace
What to Expect (what to wear?!)
It’s always Possible that it’s going to Rain at the Beach, So come prepared. Bring Rain Coats, Hip Waiters can be helpful, Rain boots, the taller the better. A shovel or clam gun (of course!) and a Clam Net or Bucket!