Razor Clam Festival2020-03-12T23:48:48+00:00

Clam diggers and food lovers will be heading to Ocean Shores, WA for the 14th annual Razor Clam & Seafood Festival!

Saturday, May 30th – 31st, 2020

FREE Admission!

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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:

FOOD & BEVERAGES

More than just chowder. Seafood egg rolls, seafood burritos, fish and chips and more.

SEAFOOD & CHOWDER CONTEST

Join in the fun and vote for your favorite chowder and favorite seafood dish. Purchase a “tasting passport” to sample all of the food.

LIVE MUSIC

The Working Class Heroes and Diamond Ridge!

FUN FOR KIDS!

Ride our Giant outdoors slide, you can take on the Mechanical Shark and pick the ride from mild to wild and for the young or the young at heart, There will be lots of hands-on activities!

VENDORS

40 booths with hand-made crafts, fishing and outdoors gear, and more.

CLAMMING WORKSHOPS

Cover everything you need to know about Razor Clams and outdoor life at the beach. Representatives of the State Depart of Fish and Wildlife will be there to explain it all.

May 30th – Festival Hours: 10:00 – 6:00

  • 10:00 – 6:00 Vendor Village with over 40 booths with all kinds of items for sale
    Outdoor Food Trucks
    Seafood and chowder for sale
    Bar open from 11:00 – 6:00
    Ride the shark for the kids – and the kid in all of us!
  • 10:00 – 6:00 Professional Clam Chowder/Seafood Cuisine Tastings
    Purchase a passport for $5.00 for 3-oz samples of all of the chowders available from 8 different restaurants
  • 5:00 Juried Awards Ceremony – Main Hall
    See which restaurant takes 1st place!
    Workshops
  • 11:00 – Jetty Fishing – Best Techniques (Robert Morgan – WDFW)
  • 12:00 – Razor Clams 101 “License and a Shovel – Now What?” (Curt Holt – WDFW)
  • 2:00 – WDFW Clam Management (Dan Ayres – WDFW)
  • 2:30 – How to Dig Razor Clams (Dan Ayres – WDFW)
  • 1:00 Cooking Demonstration – Jacqueline Horton – Watch as Jacqueline shows you how to make a fabulous dish – Fried Razor Clam
    fillets with homemade tartar sauce!
  • 11:30 – Mystery Basket Contest 1st Heat – Main Stage
    Gather around as professional chefs open up a mystery basket of ingredients and make an original dish under the pressure of the clock!
  • 1:00 – Mystery Basket Contest 2nd Heat – Main Stage
    The second batch of contestant vie for a spot in the finale on Sunday!
  • 3:00 – 6:00 Live Music – The Working Class Heroes
    Come have a cocktail, a bowl of chowder, fish and chips, eggrolls, burgers or more and enjoy the live band. There will be a dancefloor for the ambitious ones!

May 31st, 2020 – Festival Hours: 10:00 – 4:00

  • 10:00 – 4:00 Vendor Village with over 40 booths with all kinds of items for sale
    Outdoor Food Trucks
    Seafood and chowder for sale
    Bar open from 11:00 – 4:00
    Ride the shark for the kids – and the kid in all of us!
  • 10:00 – 12:00 Professional Clam Chowder/Seafood Cuisine Tastings
    Purchase a passport for $5.00 for 3-oz samples of all of the chowders available from 8 different restaurants
  • 11:00 Mystery Basket Cooking Contest Finale – Main Stage
    Cheer on the finalists from Saturday’s preheat – watch who wins the Grand Prize of $1,500!!
    People’s Choice Awards Ceremony – Noon following Mystery Basket
    Whose chowder reigns supreme in the public’s mind? Does it match the judges?
  • 2:00 – 4:00 Live Music – Diamond Ridge
    It’s your last chance to kick up your heels, sit back with some chowder, or just have a drink to relax on a Sunday afternoon!
    Workshops
  • 11:00 – Trout Fishing “3 Easy Steps to get your Limit” (Curt Holt – WDFW)
  • 12:00 – Razor Clams 101 “License and a Shovel – Now What?” (Curt Holt – WDFW)

LOCATED AT THE OCEAN SHORES CONVENTION CENTER:

The Festival Food!

More than just chowder. Seafood egg rolls, seafood burritos, fish and chips and
more.

Clam & Seafood Recipes

Clams Carbonara

Boston chef Matt Jennings’s pasta combines two beautiful things: salty, rich carbonara and spaghetti alle vongole, prepared with briny New England clams. Ingredients 2 pounds razor or littleneck clams, scrubbed Kosher salt Pepper 1 pound spaghetti [...]

Italian Razor Clams

2 tablespoons butter 2 tablespoons light olive oil 4 medium-to-large cleaned, fresh razor clams Seasoned flour (see above recipe) 1 tablespoon chopped garlic 1 tablespoon capers Juice of ½ lemon 3 tablespoons dry white wine [...]

Beer-Battered Razor Clams

Among the world's sweetest, most flavorful clams, razors shine in just about any preparation, and deep-frying in beer batter remains a Northwest tradition. Add zing with spices and lemon zest—and make sure to use a [...]

Helpful Information



The Pacific Razor Clam:

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Pacific razor clamSiliqua patula, is a species of large marine bivalve mollusc in the family Pharidae.

Description:

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 clamSiliqua costata, which is found on the East Coast of the United States. The name razor clam is also used for the Atlantic jackknife clamEnsis 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:

From WA State Fish & Wildlife

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!

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