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Got Lobster?

July 22, 2015

I remember the first time I ate an entire lobster by myself. I was about 19 years old and visiting relatives on the tiny island of Chebeague, off the coast of Portland, Maine. My Aunt Nicky asked if I wanted lobster for dinner, and I, of course, said “Sure!” After my aunt placed a quick phone call, a fisherman who looked liked he was right out of a scene from the movie “The Perfect Storm” showed up immediately at the front door holding a bucket of water laden with six live lobsters straight from the ocean. My aunt took the blue-green colored lobsters from the fisherman and set them aside while she proceeded to boil some water in a gargantuan stainless-steel pot on the stove.

nDmOFARMQgiPUoX-WQ_EI9sQsK6xN8-8D3rNxqXCTL0My dismay at the plight of the poor creatures seemed to fade as soon as she placed them on a silver platter and laid them in the center of her formal dining table that had been clad with a white lace tablecloth and also bedecked with her homemade cole slaw, freshly made biscuits with a side of honey, and plenty of melted butter. Although I wasn’t very adept at the cracking of the lobster placed on the plate before me, my sweet father did the deed for me and I was able to savor the rich meat of the lobster dipped in butter and paired perfectly with the sweetness of the biscuits and honey.

Screen Shot 2015-07-22 at 11.24.43 AMI’ve longed for that dinner many times since through the years, and now I may get my chance to replay it at the seventh-annual Lobsterfest, set for Saturday, Aug. 8, from 3-8 p.m. at the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina. That’s where lobster lovers just like me will be able to partake in Maine lobster (flown in fresh on the morning of the event) prepared onsite alongside a buffet replete with barbecued tri-tip, corn on the cob, red potatoes, salads, rolls, drawn butter and dessert, all enjoyed in a scenic Newport Beach Back Bay setting. And while the star of the show is definitely the lobster, the event also will include dancing to the rock-n-pop band Pinch Me! from 4-8 p.m., special children’s activities, and numerous vendors including Pedego Electric Bikes and Slapfish restaurant.

Advance tickets are $60 per person ($80 at the door) and can be purchased by calling (949) 478-3468 or by visiting Additional lobster can be purchased for $20 each, and a ‘box’ meal (complete with a turkey sandwich, chips, fruit and cookie) for children ages 12 and younger is available for $20 in advance ($25 at the door).

Special VIP tickets also are available for $150 and include all-you-can-eat lobster, free wine, valet parking and reserved seating (and even the choice of having your lobster cleaned for you!). Best of all … a portion of the proceeds from the annual fundraising event will go to Make-A-Wish Orange County and Inland Empire and Leadership Tomorrow. Happy Cracking!

Written by Visit Newport Beach

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