Local cooks are encouraged to enter their original crab cake recipes for an opportunity to compete in the 27th Crab Cake Cook-Off to take place at Coast Day — a family-friendly event that showcases how University of Delaware scientists and Delaware Sea Grant are serving coastal communities — set for Oct. 7.

Recipes should be based around the preparation of 2 pounds of jumbo lump blue crab meat.

If selected as one of the eight finalists, entrants will have the opportunity to compete at the final competition during Coast Day, where they will be asked to prepare their dish for an in-person judging. The panel will be ranking dishes based on taste, balance of meat, texture and originality. Blue crab meat will be provided at the final competition, but other ingredients and cooking appliances must be provided by competitors.

First-, second- and third-place winners will each be rewarded with cash prizes of $250, $150 and $100, respectively. As an additional reward, these top-three winners will have their recipes immortalized in the official “Coast Day Crab Cake Cookbook,” a recipe book containing the recipes of competition finalists dating back to the very first competition in 1990.

Registration and recipe submission forms are available at bit.ly/2mqobt9. The recipe submission and entrant registration deadline is Aug. 10. Registration is limited to one entry per person. Entry forms can be emailed to dhicks@udel.edu or mailed to Crab Cake Cook-Off, College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, Sea Grant Marine Advisory Service, 700 Pilottown Road, Lewes, DE 19958–1298.

For more, visit decoastday.udel.edu.