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In our first episode of Quest for the Fest, Amy Shuster is checking out the Texas Crab Festival in Crystal Beach.
- Well you know what they say guys When in Texas, almost there, get them crabby. Alright, okay, oh my god.
- [Crowd] Crabfest.
- Hey there, I'm Amy Shuster and we're down in Crystal Beach for a real seafood adventure at the Texas Crab Festival. No need to be crabby, you'll get your fill here. You ready, let's do it guys. Come with me to discover festivals, big and small from all across the globe. Where people indulge their senses in a celebration of local treats and time honored traditions. You with me, let's do it. Ah, I'm in heaven, it's so good. Flakey, buttery, goodness, fresh from the sea. Crab is a delicacy craved by all. And in this coastal town of Crystal Beach, Texas, millions of pounds of this crustacean are caught each year. For the past 31 years during Mother's Day weekend the Texas Crab Festival has honored these feisty clawed creatures in true southern fashion and I can't wait to dig in. Hello, I would love some crabby cheese nachos.
- [Cook] Okie Dokie
- Those look good, thanks guys.
- [Cook] Thank you
- So I'm told there are about five different types of cheese in this guy. Garlic, peppers, you name it, not to mention blue crab. That's tasty, I can taste the garlic, little bit of heat. Sometimes festivals can get a little quirky. And this Crabfest is no different. One of the main events here is the wiener dog race. Maybe they want to celebrate all the different kinds of legs, long and short, my guess is as good as yours, random, but adorable. I'm thrilled they asked me to introduce these short legged pups. Hannah doing her strut, here comes Bandit, here comes Bo, say hello to Boomer everybody. He may only have three legs but we love him just the same, here comes Tripod. And in first place, Dotty O. Let's give it up for all the wiener dogs. There's no denying this is a Crabfest. I've never seen so much food swag on so many people before. Looks like I'm going to have to take the plunge and get my crab on, literally.
- Okay we are now giving you the official crab hat from the Krewe La'Roux.
- Alright you guys, I just found some serious crab bling yeah, I'm ready. After diving deep into the weird of this food fest it's time to come up for some air and dig in to some food forward crab. So right here, I've got a crab dumpling with fried garlic and micro cilantro. It's like, it's almost like an etouffee. Tomatoey, garlicy. There's a spice to it, I feel that kick. Now that I've winded my crab palette I'm fixing to catch some of these bottom feeders myself. Delano Kemo is a Crystal Beach fourth generation commercial crabber, he's offered to take me out on a skiff and show me how to crab.
- First you need a shirt 'cause you're gonna get very dirty. No good crabber could be clean.
- On average Delano and his family bring in five hundred pounds of crab each day. Let's see how much luck I can bring on this run.
- Okay first thing you do, you take this hook off you open it up just a little bit. The crabs go through here then they eat the bait then they get into the top and then it makes it harder for them to get back out, to get back out the way they came, so you just grab.
- [Amy] Just like that.
- And then you just kind of do the same thing you did.
- [Amy] Yeah.
- You close it back. You take, I guess two of these.
- [Amy] Okay what kind of fish is that?
- These are shad or Menhaden. These are the best for crabs right here.
- Is there like a better time of day that you go out and catch the most?
- Well I like to leave early, just to get it done.
- Early like what? Eight?
- [Daleno] Like 4:30, 5:00 in the morning, you know? You want to separate these crabs this time?
- Is there a technique to grabbing them, so I don't get pinched?
- Be fast, real fast. Oh look this, here grab that one. Look, wait, wait hold on, look. Grab him right there.
- He can't bite you if you grab him right there. No don't put your thumb. There you go, two in one.
- [Amy] Alright I got two in one.
- So you just got to get over the scare, that's it we're done, let's go eat crab.
- [Amy] We're done. I've been lucky enough to catch crab, now Delano, is going to show me how to clean this decadent seafood.
- [Delano] You want to hold it, right there, grab under this point,
- [Amy] Wow.
- [Delano] Pull the back off.
- It comes off just like that?
- Well, for me, you're gonna try it in a minute.
- Here we go.
- [Delano] Alright.
- Here goes nothing guys. Hey, I did it. And finally it's time to steam these bad boys.
- So we caught them, we cleaned them, we cooked them.
- Now we eat them?
- Now we eat them. So we got to bring them to the Crabfest and put them on the pit.
- Smells so good. When in Rome, fire up the grill and cook your crustaceans Texas style. With a little bit of sauce for a kick. I am hungry and I'm ready for some crab.
- [Delano] You break it in half once.
- [Amy] Twist it, yeah.
- [Delano] Then you break it in half again.
- [Amy] Okay.
- This is your lump, the back fin has the biggest chunk of meat. You just peel it out, alright and I'm gonna let you eat this one.
- There you go.
- [Delano] It's as good as it gets, that's good huh?
- That's smokey and good.
- You don't eat crabs til your full you eat them til your tired, of eating them.
- Tired of doing it, yeah. It's a perfect way to end this day. Cracking crabs with a new friend.
- [Crabfest Announcer] Thank you all, all of y'all come back next year, appreciate you.
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