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The 61st annual Maine Lobster Festival took place this past weekend in Rockland, Maine. So for those of you who've never experienced this lobster lover's paradise, I decided to post pics from my pilgrimage to last year's festival.

If you really like lobster, then this is one journey I recommend you make because the Maine lobster (considered by many to be the best in the world) doesn't get any cheaper than for those few days every year. If I recall correctly, the lobster dinners cost $13, $26, and $35 depending on whether you wanted one, two, or three lobsters, respectively, with each lobster weighing around 1 to 1.5 lbs. And as we quickly discovered, the deal got even sweeter in the evening near closing time, when the extra lobsters were just given away for free...yes, free--not practically for free, but actually free! And you better believe my wife and I hung around until closing time like a couple of desperate guys at a club still looking to score a one night stand. Between the two of us I'd say we easily ate over 15 lobsters that weekend (conservative estimate).

Fresh lobster harvested from the local waters were brought in by the hundreds.

Huge industrial size steamers were used to cook the lobsters.

I couldn't tell which one of us was in lobster heaven.

You're thinking this is a gluttonous amount of lobster and guess what? You're right!

Time to sit down for our third lunch, or wait, was it our fifth breakfast? So hard to keep track.

Good things come to those who wait until closing time. I had lost count by that point.

Of course no festival is complete without deep fried treats, and at this festival the fried goodies were reppin' hard for Rock-Land.

The awesome fried onion blossom, fried scallops, and clam cakes.

Yup, exactly what the sign says...

Many, many, many, many more dessert choices.

We were curious about the offerings of establishments outside of the Lobster Fest, so we tried some lobster rolls at a few local spots. The lobster roll below was from a local convenience store. While it wouldn't rank among the greatest lobster rolls I've ever had, I'd be a true ingrate if I found fault with a convenience store offering fresh lobster rolls. The freshest things offered at my local (in)convenience store are 2 month old dust-laden cans of Goya beans.

On the road home we couldn't resist stopping at Captain's Fresh Idea Restaurant in Waldoboro, Maine for one last lobster roll.

I won't tell you yet if this is the best lobster roll I've ever had because I've yet to post this summer's New England road trip that I just returned from. But if there ever were an exemplary roll, this would be in the running--from the toastiness of the bread to the huge overflowing chunks of lobster, the lobster roll here was definitely worth the pit stop.


  • Captain’s Fresh Idea Restaurant in Waldoboro, Maine. It’s mentioned in the post.

    Paystyle on

  • ugh- so mad to miss this by ONE WEEKEND! but this is a good thing to keep in mind for next year…

    this would make a kickass Umamiventure.

    wait Pay, where did you get that last lobster roll? nice pic.

    thanks for the post!

    kayoko on


    ayagwa on

  • sorry, Pay. DUH.

    kayoko on

  • that would be one umamiventure i would not miss…maybe we could all stay at Melissa’s?? it’s kinda close, right :)

    Hamamama on

  • Great photos! All of the sudden, I’m VERY hungry….

    Jud-san on

  • This is my first time learning about such a thing called “Lobster Roll.” I am in love. I wonder where I can get one of these in the Bay Area (California)?

    yoko on

  • Yoko,
    I’m glad you asked. Luckily you’re near SF, where there are a couple places that are reputed to offer worthwhile lobster rolls.

    Although I’ve never been there, I’ve heard that the slightly upscale ($20-30) Luce Restaurant at the InterContinental offers lobster on brioche alongside lobster bisque topped with creme fraiche. Note this is not your traditional lobster roll. Also you may want to check with them in advance b/c I don’t currently see it one their menu:

    For a version that more closely follows the hallowed lobster roll tradition, try the Lobster Shack at North Beach:

    Bon Appetit!

    Paystyle on

  • OMG! I was in lobster heaven that weekend. I wont give it away, but I will agree with Payman that Captain’s Fresh Idea Restaurant in Waldoboro has ranked really high in our lobster roll tastings.

    Vanessa Bahmani on

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