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9th ANNUAL EAST COAST SHE CRAB SOUP CLASSIC Presented by ECPI University’s Culinary Institute of Virginia

Mike Hilton
(757) 333-0921


Virginia Beach, Virginia– The 9th Annual East Coast She Crab Soup Classic, presented by the Culinary Institute of Virginia, College of Culinary Arts of ECPI University, will be held from noon to 2:30 p.m., Saturday, April 8 at 24th Street Park at the oceanfront.

An open competition among 19 participating restaurants, the Classic focuses on one of the region’s most-loved seafood delicacies.  The highly identifiable cuisine has been a staple of area menus for decades.

Restaurants serve their individual recipes and compete for People’s Choice Awards, determined by ballots of those attending.  Critic’s Choice Awards also are given by a panel of five leading regional cuisine experts.

The East Coast She Crab Soup Classic, presented by ECPI University’s Culinary Institute of Virginia, is limited to 1,500 tickets.  Tickets are on sale and are $17.50 plus service charges through all Ticketmaster outlets and the Virginia Beach Visitor Information Center.  Tickets are $25 day-of-show, if available.  Children 12 and younger who are not sampling and are accompanied by an adult are free.  For more information, visit or call 757.385.SURF.

Dogs and beach chairs are not permitted in the tasting area. 

The East Coast She Crab Soup Classic, presented by ECPI University’s Culinary Institute of Virginia, is sponsored by The Oceanfront Inn, BeachStreetUSA, IMGoing and the City of Virginia Beach.

Participating restaurants include (alphabetically):

1. 11th Street Taphouse Bar & Grille

2. Blue Seafood & Spirits

3. Brunch House VB

4. C.P. Shucker’s Café & Raw Bar

5. Calypso Bar & Grill

6. Captain George’s Seafood Restaurant

7. Freemason Abbey Restaurant

8. Irwin’s Pharmacy & Fountain

9. Jumpin’ Shrimp Bar & Grille

10. Lynnhaven Fish House Restaurant

11. Mahi Mah’s Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Saloon

12. McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks

13. Murphy’s Irish Pub

14. Passion The Restaurant

15. The Smithfield Inn

16. The Surry Seafood Company

17. Tradewinds Restaurant

18. Tubby’s Tavern

19. Westminister-Canterbury on Chesapeake Bay

***Final lineup of restaurants is subject to change***

Participating Critic’s Choice judges are (alphabetically):

1.         Steve Attenwiler – The Virginian-Pilot

2.         Judy Cowling – The Virginian-Pilot

3.         Lorraine Eaton – The Virginian-Pilot

4.         Patrick Evans-Hylton – Virginia Eats & Drinks Magazine

5.         David Nicholson – Hampton Roads Food Critic

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