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natural and cultural treasures in Mendocino County’s State Parks”


October 7th, 2017

Photo Credit to Keith Wyner

Photo Credit to Keith Wyner


Advance Member Discount Abalone Cook-off tickets go on sale June 1st, 2017 for $75.

Tickets are available from Brown Paper Tickets. For more information call the MAPA office at 707-937-4700.

Starting July 1st Abalone Cook-off tickets go on sale to the general public for the full price of $90.

A note regarding the World Championship Abalone Cook-Off Judging Tickets:

The Abalone Cook-Off has a loyal following, including families and groups of friends, many of whom have been attending for over 20 years. This event has grown from its beginnings in Subsurface Progression’s parking lot to the world class event it is today.  

Competing in the Cook-Off is a huge commitment for the participating cooks. They must assemble their team of divers, travel long distances, follow the strictly enforced Dept. of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) regulations, and brave harsh diving conditions to get the abalone they need to compete in the Cook-Off.  This year, in response to a reduction in the Abalone population, DFW cut the abalone season by two months and limited the total annual take per diver to 12 abalone rather than 18.

Because of these restrictions, MAPA is making farm raised abalone available to cook teams who request it.  This will ensure that cooks who are unable to assemble a team of divers will still be able to participate in the Cook-Off.  We are, by necessity, raising the judging ticket price by $5.00 to cover MAPA’s added cost of purchasing farm raised abalone from Ocean Rose Abalone Farms. This abalone is fed a diet of kelp and tastes almost identical to wild caught abalone. 

Of course, we still cannot guarantee that by purchasing a judging ticket you will be able to taste a full 10 recipes. There are just too many variables; cooks can have family emergencies, illness can strike at the last minute, or diving conditions could make it very unsafe to dive (if they opt to use their wild caught abalone) on the weekend of the festival.

Your MAPA membership allows you to purchase advance discount judging tickets for the World Championship Abalone Cook-Off; arguably one of the world’s most amazing parties and food events - you cannot experience this anywhere else. Member advanced discount price judging tickets go on sale June 1st, 2017, regular priced judging tickets go on sale July 1st, 2017. They are selling out faster every year!  We hope you will consider a membership at the $100 level or above.  You not only will enjoy increased member benefits, you will be making a positive impact in our local state parks!

To purchase your 2017 MAPA Membership visit: