Thursday, July 30, 2015

It's that time of year again.
No offense to the extraordinary lobster rolls from Charleston's The
Ordinary or L. A. 's Hinoki & the Bird or Minneapolis's Smack Shack,
but sometimes you just have to eat the real thing. Those hankering for
from-the-source New England lobster should head up north for the annual Maine
Lobster Festival, which runs until August 2. Held in Rockland's Harbor
Park,it features all the hallmarks of a great local celebration: a cooking
contest, themed arts and crafts, a Main Street parade, a Don McLean, the
coronation of a reigning Sea Goddess… …and an obscene amount of
lobster—over 20,000 pounds drenched in almost 1,700 pounds of butter,
according to the festival's website.
Maine Lobster Festival Festivities start early, with a pancake
breakfast at 7 a. m. Lobster comes out at 11 a. m. The festival also
features the Lobster Crate Race, wherein competitors hop from crate to crate
in open water. The festival was first held in 1947 and offered an
all-you-could-eat lobster feast for just $1. Now a full Maine dinner with a
1-1/4lb fresh-from-the-sea Maine lobster, steamed clams, corn on the cob, and
cole slaw will set you back $31. By comparison, a lobster roll alone
from East Coast mini-chain Luke's Lobster costs $16, and if you're looking
for the authentic Maine lobster supper experience, this is it. More
information, over at the official site. More good reads from T+L:
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Share it. Those hankering for from-the-source New
England lobster should head up north for the annual Maine Lobster Festival,
which runs until August 2.

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