Whidbey Island- Penn Cove Mussel Festival. A fun trip to the island to eat mussels, in many forms!
Penn Cove Shellfish operates right here in Coupeville, on Whidbey Island, in Penn Cove.
Enjoy an SUV ride crossing the ferry to Whidbey Island to play around in Coupeville. Sample mussel chowders, visit the mussel and beer tent, wander town. Have fun! Optional events include chowder tastings and the boat ride to see the actual mussel pens.
The premise is that 16 restaurants/establishments in Coupeville, WA on Whidbey Island make their own version of mussel chowder. You buy a card, then go to the ones on your card. Taste, then vote on your favorite chowder.
The pens look like docks from the road, but are actually where the mussels live. Penn Cove has very nutritious water for the mussels, and they grow fast. So they tend to be more tender than Mediterranean mussels.
This is a fun day to get out from the winter confinement. And it's a lot of fun.