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Celebrate all things lobster, September 8-14, 2013
Penobscot Bay Region: Rockland/Camden – Last year, Cheryl Michaelsen, owner of the Berry Manor Inn in Rockland, ME, couldn’t stand to sit by and watch on the sidelines as lobstermen and women in this Midcoast, Maine town caught near record lobster hauls while traditional Canadian markets rejected them. The result meant prices dropped while lobster remained in abundance.
Michaelsen turned to her fellow colleagues at the Historic Inns of Rockland and
said “Let’s turn lobsters into Lobsteraid!” Thus, last year, Lobsterpalooza was the brainstorm of the four progressive Historic Inns of Rockland who then enlisted support from the Maine Lobster Promotion Council and the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce to raise enthusiasm for eating lobster and celebrating an abundant supply in the Midcoast Maine region. This year, Lobsterpalooza is once again a week-long
celebration of lobster taking place September 8-14, 2013 throughout the Penobscot Bay Region. Linda Bean’s Perfect Maine has joined in with last year’s sponsors, and the event has been expanded to culminate with a Crustacean Celebration in Harbor Park, Rockland.
Throughout Port Clyde, Owl’s Head, Rockland, Camden Lincolnville, and surrounding Penobscot Bay
towns businesses will celebrate the lobster harvest with everything from a crustacean cash mobs to featured specials, events, lectures, workshops, lobster recipe/dish contests and more. Lobsterpalooza is just one of the many events of the Maine Lobster Lovers Celebration, a promotion created by the Maine Lobster Promotion Council.
“It makes sense that we’d hold Lobsterpalooza in the Penobscot Bay region,” said Michaelsen, “After all, we
are the self-proclaimed lobster capital of the universe! This is our way of reminding residents and travelers alike how lucky we are to enjoy the abundant supply of lobster here and that lobster season exists well into the fall,” finished Michaelsen.
Last year nearly 45 restaurants, spas and retail stores signed on to feature lobster for the Lobsterpalooza week with everything from a free lobster with special spa treatments at spas to a lobster off the boat. In 2013 the number of participating businesses is expected to double. Inns throughout the region will feature lobster on the breakfast menu during Lobsterpalooza week and will create Lobster & Stay packages, while offering specially discounted tickets for lobster adventures.
A number of restaurants will feature new lobster entrees on the menu along with old favorites and will compete for the honors of “Best Lobster Roll”, “Best Lobster Dish” and “Best Lobster Dinner”.
Additionally, Crustacean Cash Mobs will be held at Lobster pounds and fish stores. All Aboard Trolley Company will offer a special “Nap-AH and Lob-STAH” Wine tour and there will be tours of Linda Bean’s Perfect Maine Port Clyde lobster processing operation and the chance to pull traps on a working lobster boat in many of Penobscot Bay’s harbors.
Lobsterpalooza will culminate on September 14, 2013 in a Crustacean Celebration to be held near Rockland’s waterfront from 4pm – 7pm.
In a street-fair setting, those attending the free event will enjoy live music,
lobster boat tours, a lobstermen/women competition for the best lobster recipe,
a hilarious “lobstacle course” and of course the chance to dine on lobster dishes prepared in many ways.
Lobsterpalooza will feature a drawing for a Lobster Lover’s Getaway to the Historic Inns of Rockland to be enjoyed in June, 2014.
Sign up to win at all participating businesses. No purchase is necessary and a winner will be drawn at the close of Lobsterpalooza week. Participating businesses will post Lobsterpalooza posters in the windows. Entry forms will be available at participating businesses and at Camden and Rockland Visitor Centers.
The Historic Inns of Rockland
are offering the perfect Lobster & Stay Getaway, combining daily lobster
tastings with all the festivities of the week. This three day package is packed with lobstericious options including:
Lobster tastings and treats for breakfast and/or afternoon refreshments daily.
Two tickets for a lobster lunch on a working waterfront wharf.
Two tickets for a lobster boat tour, including the chance to pull traps with a Maine lobsterman.
Two “Got Lob-Stah” t-shirts
Two chocolate lobsters
Entries into the grand prize raffle
Historic Inns of Rockland’s coupon offers
exclusively for guests of the four inns valued at $375.
The Lobster & Stay package starts at $640 per couple. Prices will vary depending upon inn choice and
days of stay. Specific policies for cancellations, advanced deposits, check in and check out times vary with individual inn. This package cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts. Please mention any food allergies or preferences at booking.
is brought to you by the Maine Lobster Promotion Council, Penobscot Bay Chamber of Commerce, Linda Bean’s perfect Maine and Historic Inns of Rockland.
For complete information on the 2nd Annual Lobsterpalooza Celebration,
go to www.MaineLobsterpalooza.com. To learn more about the Lobster and
Stay package at Historic Inns of Rockland, visit www.HistoricInnsofRockland.com.