Uncle Iggy's Crab Shack

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Uncle Iggy's Crab Shack at the Boatbuilders Yard
Photograph: Supplied
Uncle Iggy's Crab Shack at the Boatbuilders Yard
Photograph: Supplied
Uncle Iggy's Crab Shack at the Boatbuilders Yard
Photograph: Supplied

Time Out says

An authentic Southern-style crab shack has popped up on the banks of the Yarra River

There’s just something about summer that makes seafood tastier. The folks at the Boatbuilders Yard definitely think so too, and are bringing back their summer crab shack for the season. From January 24 until March 1, head into the Boatbuilders Yard to check out Uncle Iggy’s Crab Shack and feast on authentic Southern-style crab boil.

New to crab boils? Here’s the low down. Crab boils are social events where people come together to eat a large (and often communal) serving of boiled crabs and other seafood. The term also refers to the spice mix (often containing cayenne pepper, hot sauce and garlic) used to flavour the water the crabs are boiled in. The seafood feasts are popular in America’s south and you better believe the Boatbuilders Yard is dead set on recreating the experience here in Melbourne. 

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the Boatbuilders Yard will be serving up plates of the spicy boiled seafood starting at $24 a person. Expect to chow down on crab (of course) as well as prawns, mussels and oysters, plus plenty of traditional sides. You’ll be wanting something icy cold to wash that down with, of course, so Boatbuilders will be wheeling out a list of summer-appropriate drinks and cocktails. The specially created drinks menu includes Creole Bloody Marys, boozy Pink Lemonade, Long Island Iced Tea and Pabst Blue Ribbon beer for that extra kick of Americana.

For die-hard seafood lovers, we suggest booking into one of the Boatbuilders Yard’s Crab Shack Super Sessions. Prepare to get messy as you and a host of other shellfishianados tackle a giant communal table of crab and seafood boil alongside bottomless drinks and seafood starters. There are two super sessions on the books, one on January 26 and one on February 29 (Leap Year Day). Tickets for the sessions are $79 per person.

Uncle Iggy’s Crab Shack is open at the Boatbuilders Yard from January 24 until March 1.


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