Maine Lobster Festival
Every year in Rockland, on the coast of Maine, thousands of visitors gather for fresh local lobster, entertainment, cooking contests, carnival rides, and more at the Maine Lobster Festival. What began as a local festival to revive Midcoast Maine communities, is now an internationally recognized celebration of local seafood. The annual event is scheduled for August 1st-5th, so start making your travel plans now.
Since 1947, the world-renowned Maine Lobster Festival has given more than $500,000 to Midcoast Maine's communities. This non-profit donates alls proceeds back to local pantries, high school sports teams, community service groups, local emergency services, and scholarship recipients. Run exclusively by volunteers from near and far, the Maine Lobster Festival helps to support the local lobster industry.
At the heart of the festival is fresh Maine lobster served with Cabot butter, under the Main Eating Tent. Whether you prefer lobster roll, lobster mac n' cheese, lobster bisque, lobster stuffed risotto balls, or lobster won-tons, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Visitors can watch the lobster being prepared in the gigantic cooker on the shore before they dig into their favorite dish. In addition to lobster, the festival offers steamed and fried clams, fried Maine shrimp, steamed mussels, and a variety of traditional summer fair food.
One of the most popular Maine Lobster Festival traditions is the Maine Sea Goddess Pageant and Coronation. Only high school graduates and those 21 years old or younger are eligible to win the crown and represent Maine throughout her reign. This event will take place on Wednesday, August 1st, and is expected to be one of the highlights of the festival.
Each year, amateur chefs compete in the annual Maine Lobster Festival Seafood Cooking Contest for prize money and top accolades. The contest begins at 9:00 am on Friday, August 3rd in the North Entertainment Tent on the festival grounds. The recipes must contain seafood found in Maine waters. Members of the audience will have an opportunity to sample the prepared food and collect their favorite recipes after the awards are presented.
Besides lobster, the Big Parade is probably the most popular event at the Maine Lobster Festival. During the parade, Rockland Main Street is closed to traffic as community members and visitors gather to watch some of the nationally-recognized participants like the L.L. Bean Bootmobile. The parade is scheduled for 10:00 am on Saturday, August 4th.
Adventurous visitors may want to participate in the Great International Lobster Crate Race on Sunday, August 5th, and attempt to walk or run across as many crates as they can in two minutes. If you don't want to risk falling into the chilly ocean, you may enjoy just being a spectator for this fun event.
Younger guests are sure to love the Marine Experience Tent that provides hands-on opportunities to touch and learn about Marine life. Lobster trap builders and fisherman set up interesting displays and demonstrations that will engage visitors of all ages. You never know what creatures from the deep might show up at the Marine Experience Tent, so don't miss it!
To book your trip to Rockland, Maine, this summer, reach out to AAA Travel. Our expert agents can help you plan your stay during the Maine Lobster Festival. Check out this list of hotels in the area, or call 1-800-444-8691 to speak with an AAA Travel agent today.