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Sunday, August 8, 2010

Sundays in My Neck of the Woods


This week it's time for the 63rd Maine Lobster Festival in Rockland, Maine.  The world's biggest lobster cooker is steaming every day by 10:00 am, and by 11:00, hungry festival attendees are lining up for their lobster dinner.  In past years up to 25,000 pounds of lobsters have been served to as many as 100,000 people, and this years crowds look to match if not exceed those numbers.  Hundreds of volunteers work the festival, doing their best to make sure that visitors from all over the country, and some even from other countries have a good time.


Activities include a parade, a cooking contest, the crowning of this year's Maine Sea Goddess, and a 10k road race.  Musical groups Motor Booty Affair, as well as Southside Johnny and the Ashbury Jukes, will be performing along with country star Clint Black.  There is a lobster crate race, where the challenge is to run across 50 partially submerged lobster crates; the person who runs over the most crates before falling into the chilly Atlantic Ocean wins.  There's all the usual fair food, plus steamed lobsters, steamed and fried clams, Maine shrimp, steamed mussels, and corn on the cob.

Last year's cooking contest winner was a lobster pot pie, baked by a lady from Portland, Maine.  Her culinary masterpiece is pictured below:

I've included a video which gives you  more information about this annual event in Rockland, Maine, the self-proclaimed Lobster Capital of the World.  If you click on the little square near the lower right hand corner of the video, it will broadcast in full screen mode for you.










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21 comments:

Kristina P. said...

This looks awesome. I love lobster.

Mary at Deep South Dish said...

Wow, that'd sure be a good time to go wouldn't it? :)

Brian Miller said...

yum....love me some lobster and crab...not that i get it often but that pot pie sounds wonderful...

Jen said...

That looks like an ejoyable time for any/everyone!!!

mimbles said...

Mmmmm lobster, yum!

The lobster crate race sounds fun - to watch :-)

natalee said...

Oh that looks Amazing...mmmmmmmmmmmLOBSTER!!!!!!!!!!!

gibknitty said...

I love lobster, and unfortunately won't make it up to visit my mother in law in Portland this summer. When we go, I make a point of eating lobster at least once a day!

lakeviewer said...

Now, now, you can't show us food without printing a recipe. Lobsters must love you guys in Maine.

injaynesworld said...

What a fun event! Apparently, God is not going to give me wings, so I may have to break down and get on a plane because I'd sure like to attend this one year -- and meet you, of course.

Eva Gallant said...

Jayne: I don't like to fly either...we drove from Maine to Seattle, to San Francisco, to Las Vegas last year...a 4 week sight seeing trip; took in the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, the Mall of America in Minneapolis, Yellowstone National Park, Mt. Rushmore, took a boat ride to Victoria, British Columbia, it was awesome...Had I known you then, we could have met for lunch! You could drive to Maine someday.

Eva Gallant said...

gibknitty: if you ever do make it, let me know...we could meet for coffee!

Jen: it does look like fun, but too hot for me this year.

Unknown Mami said...

Lobster pot pie sounds like the ultimate comfort food.

Reeni said...

Oh how fun! The pot pie looks really good! I would love to recreate it.

Pat said...

That would be worth the wait! Yum!

She Writes said...

I am dying to get to Maine!

BLOGitse said...

Yummy, I love lobster!!!
SIMC greetings from Casablanca!

jules said...

Lobster Pot Pie?!?!?! I love the sounds of that!

Joanna Jenkins said...

YUM!!!
My dad used to say introducing his 5 kids to lobster was the biggest mistake he'd ever made-- because it was so expensive :-) He'd have LOVED this festival.
Thanks for the smile.
Happy SIMC,
jj

Traci said...

Man! I want to head to Maine! Now! Looks like a wonderful Sunday in your "Neck of the Woods"!
:-)
Traci

Marla said...

I would LOVE to go to this!

Canadian Blend said...

I like the taste of lobster... I'm just too lazy to put the work in needed to eat one.