“To inspire wonder, discovery, recreation and stewardship of our

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




abalone judging tickets are now sold out!

You can still join in on the festival portion where there will be live music, beer from North Coast Brewing Company, food booth with clam chowder, silent auction, craft fair, raffle and wine tasting from Mendocino's finest wineries!

If you have purchased a membership, but are not sure of your membership number call the MAPA office between 9am and 4pm M-F

For more information on becoming a member, visit our Membership Page

New Memberships may take a day or two to process.


Noyo Harbor, Fort Bragg, CA    


First place winners: Abaholics Anonymous

The 2015 Abalone Cook-off World Champions are the Abaholics Anonymous, headed up by Jon Krebs
Second place winners came all the way from Honolulu: Hui o’ Hukilau headed by Peter Foster

Many Thanks to our Donors and Sponsors
Without your help the Abalone Cook Off wouldn't be possible

Sub Surface Progression Dive Shop
Little River Inn

Donations By:
North Coast Brewery
Hwy 20 Feed
Harvest Market
Caito Fisheries
Ocean Rose Abalone Farm
Albion River Inn
Mendo Mill
Dolphin Isle Marina
Emerald Dolphin Inn & Mini Golf
Surf Motel & Gardens
Mendocino Coast Tackle & Sport
Silver's at the Wharf
Cap'n Flints
Herons by the Sea
Mayan Fusion
Epic Graphics
Pippi's Longstockings
Cucina Verona
Patricia Marien
Visit Mendocino
Family Hands
Rossi Building Materials
North Cliff Hotel
Coast Hardware
Holiday Inn Express
Point Noyo Restaurant
Ocean Quilts
Papa Bear Chocolates
Mendocino Yarn Shop
Mendocino Jewelry Studio
Compass Rose
Mendocino Jams & Preserves
Out of This World
Charlie Lorenz
Frame Mill Artworks
Gallery of the Senses
Ron White
Matson Building Material
Simply Succulents
Eggheads Restaurant
Hot Pepper Jelly Co.
Westport Hotel
Racines/Spunky Skunk
Café 1
Sea Pal
Fort Bragg Outlet
955 Ukiah
Purple Rose Mexican Restaurant
Macey Ellen Designs at Dot & Twine




Attending the World Championship Abalone Cook-Off as a competing cook or a tasting judge is a fun and exciting way for people to help MAPA support our parks.  

This major fundraiser is really two events in one: 1) Abalone cook-off competition,  and 2) the Festival. 

1) Abalone Cook-Off Competition: Competing cooks prepare their favorite recipes in hopes of winning a World Championship Trophy and/or Grand Prize.  Judging tickets allow the purchaser to judge up to ten delicious recipes in the competition and vote for their favorite dish.  "Up to 10" means that MAPA cannot guarantee 10 tastes because ocean conditions might affect divers' ability to find abalone. The abalone prepared in the cook-off is wild-caught, not farm-raised, making this a unique experience.  Judging is based on taste, texture/tenderness and presentation.   2016 Judging tickets are: MAPA members $70.00, non member $85.00.

2) Festival: Live music, beer from North Coast Brewing Company, food booth with clam chowder, silent auction, craft fair, raffle and wine tasting from Mendocino's finest wineries (Brutocao Cellars, Graziano Family of Wines, Handley Cellars, Yorkville Cellars, Frey Winery, Bink Cellars and McFadden Vineyard &Farm)

3) General Info: There are 2 way's to enjoy the Abalone Cook-Off. The first requires no tickets and is free to the public. The free entry does not include any tasting at all but allows the person or persons to enjoy the festival as a whole. The second way is to purchase "Judging Tickets" which allows the purchaser of the ticket to taste a variety of the cooks Abalone recipe's and to vote for the winner.

The cook-off is held in memory of Ken Tallman, and in honor of Sub-Surface Progression Dive Shop and the Tallman Family who donate the prizes.



Wine: Mendocino's finest wineries, like...

Beer: North Coast Brewing Company

Food: Clam Chowder by Little River Inn, Albion River Inn, Carine's, Harvest Market

Silent Auction*  Raffle*  Craft Fair*  T-Shirts           and LOTS OF FUN!!!


At the Festival portion of the event you may enjoy the music and purchase food (except not abalone), wine, beer, and participate in the other great happenings that are going on at the scenic South Noyo Harbor.

A Judging Ticket is required to be a judge in the abalone cook-off competition and to taste the delicious wild abalone recipes prepared by the competing cooks.  Be sure to vote for your favorite!

Information about the cook-off competition: One ticket allows the purchaser to serve as a cook-off competition judge with up to 10 tastes of the competing cooks' recipes and to vote for the tastiest dish. Abalone is rich and 10 are sufficient. 'Up to 10' means that MAPA cannot guarantee 10 tastes because of ocean conditions that might affect the divers finding abalone or for personal emergencies. The abalone prepared in the cook-off is wild-caught, not farm-raised, making this a unique experience. The cook-off provides an opportunity to taste a variety of delicious recipes.

Each ticket will be assigned to one of three cook color-groups that will have up to 10 cook booths. By dividing the cooks into three groups, the cooks only have to provide 200 tastings instead of 600 (the maximum # of tickets sold).

Note: The cook teams dive for their own wild abalone and follow the Fish and Game rules when diving for and preparing the abalone.  Wild abalone is illegal to sell or to buy in California, although farm-raised is not.

PETS: The Health Code dictates that no pets be brought onto the site because food is being prepared. Be careful about leaving them in the car.

ALCOHOL: The Sheriff's department states that no one can bring alcohol onto the event site. MAPA will have beer, wine and beverages available.

CANOPIES: Only MAPA canopies and registered cook canopies are allowed. You are welcome to bring in your own chairs.

The Festival is held in memory of Ken Tallman, and in honor of Sub-Surface Progression Dive Center and the Tallman Family.

The WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP ABALONE COOK-OFF & Festival  is MAPA's biggest and most important fundraiser and we appreciate your support!!

With gratitude,

Mendocino Area Parks Association



Note: If you would like to be kept updated on MAPA's events such as the Abalone Cook-Off & Festival and when tickets open for purchase,  Sign Up for MAPA's E-Newsletter.


Would you like to Volunteer for the Abalone Cook-Off? You can sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090c48adab2da0f58-2016

Or visit our Volunteers Page!

Contact Us