The 2018 Crab Derby

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Experience the Flavors of Lexington Market and the Excitement of Crab Racing at the 2 Annual Lexington Market Crab Derby

Baltimore’s Historic Public Market

Lexington Market presents the 2nd Annual Lexington Market Crab Derby, which will take place Thursday, May 17, 2018 from 4pm to 8pm on Lexington Market’s south lot.

The Crab Derby will feature live music by Stryker’s Posse, signature dishes from Lexington Market’s most iconic merchants, refreshing beverages, crab picking, a family area, and crab racing!

“More and more people are choosing to live downtown and events like the crab derby show just how vibrant the area has become,” said Kirby Fowler, President, Downtown Partnership of Baltimore. “This is a great opportunity for people to come back to Lexington Market and remember just how good the food is.”

From a raw oyster bar and crab cakes to chicken and waffles and decadent desserts, guests will get to experience the delicious flavors of Lexington Market.

“We participated in the Crab Derby last year and had a great time,” said Shawn Parker, owner, Connie’s Chicken and Waffles. “We loved seeing all of the local organizations come out to support the event. We’re looking forward to serving our signature chicken and waffles and cheering on the crab racing again this year.”

This year’s merchant lineup includes Faidley’s Seafood, Connie’s Chicken and Waffle, Sausage Master, and Mary Mervis.

“Mary Mervis is excited to participate in the Crab Derby this year,” said Elliott Boden, owner, Mary Mervis. “We will be serving our award winning shrimp salad sandwiches, which are always a favorite and voted the best shrimp salad in Baltimore.”

The highlight of the Crab Derby is the Crab Race, which pays tribute to the historic Crab Derby, one of the Preakness week activities held annually at the market.

Tickets are available online now and proceeds from the 2nd Annual Lexington Market Crab Derby will fund ongoing Market activities, programming and improvements.

“Lexington Market is undergoing major changes in order to better serve a 21st century community; and one of those changes is moving beyond selling food to helping people experience food and learn about opportunities,’ said Robert Thomas, Executive Director, Lexington Market. “Funds raised from the Crab Derby and Crab Ball will help us create a hands-on teaching kitchen and provide training for food-related careers to those who do not have access to traditional culinary training.”

The event is fun for all ages and rain or shine. Kids 16 and under are free.

Buy your tickets now to the 2018 Crab Derby to support the future programing and training at the Market!