Taste of Cambridge attracts praise, tourists

Dorchester Banner/Dave Ryan Blackwater Bakery won first place in the crab soup category. Winners, at center, are seen with judges.

Dorchester Banner/Dave Ryan
Blackwater Bakery won first place in the crab soup category. Winners, at center, are seen with judges.

CAMBRIDGE – This year’s Taste of Cambridge was a delicious success, organizers and visitors said, as Poplar and Race streets were filled with locals and tourists enjoying the traditional crab-cooking contest.

“I’m sure we have more than 2,000 people here,” Katie Clendaniel said. Ms. Clendaniel is executive director of Downtown Cambridge, organizers of the festival.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan arrived about 6 p.m., and after presenting a proclamation in honor of the event’s 13 years promoting the city, waded through the crowd, shaking hands and being photographed by his supporters.

Local restaurants set up booths and tents along the blocked streets, where cooks and servers dished up their offerings in four categories of crab cookery: cakes/balls; soup; dip; and specialty. Jimmy & Sooks won for dip, RAR for cakes/balls, Blackwater Bakery for soup, and Water’s Edge Grill for specialty. Jimmy & Sooks also earned the judges’ overall nod.

Ms. Clendaniel estimated that 75 percent of those strolling the streets were from out of town, giving a boost to Cambridge’s business district. “It’s a big draw, and that’s what we want,” she said.

Dave Ryan is editor of the Dorchester Banner. He can be reached at dryan@newszap.com.

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