ItÂs hard to imagine a better way to experience the Ambergris Caye lifestyle than visiting during the Lobster Fest! Â So, for the second year, we coordinated our June Grand Baymen Chill Weekend with the Lobster Fest block party.Â And, once again, a good time was had by all.
During a normal Chill Weekend we take the group out to a popular local restaurant on Saturday night.Â But first we hold several helpful presentations on Saturday morning, and then tour the town and island after lunch.
For the Lobster Fest weekend, we shook it up a bit.Â We wanted to give our visitors a chance to mingle and really enjoy the festival.Â So we reversed our tour on Saturday afternoon so that everyone could check out the Lobster Fest Art Fair in the park.
Lobster Fest Art Fair and Block Party
First we stopped for a cone of the scrumptious ice cream at DanDeÂs.Â Then we all walked around town, during the Art Fair.Â The lobster food booths were already being set up.Â The entire town square and street was a mass of activity and color.Â And this gave us a chance to check out what kind of lobster treats would be available that night.
In the evening, the entire group came back to town for the massive Lobster Fair block party.Â We gave everyone enough money to sample a variety of tasty lobster dishes and exotic drinks.Â Then we all went our own way.Â The lines can get long.Â So it made sense to let everyone find their own favorite lobster delicacy.
Of course, we all kept running into one another that evening.Â We compared notes on which booths had the best lobster dish...
Comparing Lobster Delicacies
I started at the Nautica booth, ordering their lobster and fettuccini alfredo.Â What was I thinking?Â After that I was too full to eat much else. Â Mike went for CalienteÂs lobster chowder and lobster tail.Â Although my alfredo lobster was good, the Caliente Lobster tail had the perfect amount of butter and seasoningÂ The chowder was rich and creamy, with nice lobster chunksÂ
After a bit of a break, I decided it was time to taste the lionfish tidbitsÂ Â Our good friends have started a non-profit organization to eradicate this beautiful, but predatory non-indigenous fish.Â Their intrepid diving group regularly heads out diving, with specially designed lionfish spear guns in tow.Â The lionfish spines are poisonous, so they are not easy to catch.
Our friends and their group caught 800 lionfish this last week! Â Since the lionfish have no natural predators, we are happy to support the cause.Â The lionfish tidbits were delicate and tasty. Â A perfect accompaniment was the lionfish slayer cocktail. Â IÂll admit that this cocktail went down very easily.
LetÂs not forget dessert!Â Kakaw chocolates had made a 6 pound chocolate lobster for their booth, to be auctioned off.Â They made little lobster and crab chocolates, as well as yummy chocolate crepes.Â That brought back memories of our recent vacation in France.
The only interruption was a brief downpour, as is common in June.Â We all dove for cover under the various tents and booths. Â it was a tight squeeze, but we were all in a friendly mood. Â But after the brief downpour, the party went onÂ
Our Chill Weekend attendees each went in their own direction, at their own pace.Â Some went for sushiÂ Others scarfed down 2-3 lobster tailsÂ Some returned earlyÂ Â Those with teenagers hung around to dance to the live music, in the square or at FidoÂs.
Future Chill Weekends and Festivals
There are many fun festivals held on Ambergris Caye, in San Pedro.Â The Lobster Fest is only one of the lively festivals you can attend on Ambergris Caye.Â But itÂs a favorite, given the interesting history of the spiny crustacean on this islandÂ
Our next Chill Weekend will be held on August 12-14, right after the Costa Maya Festival.Â The Costa Maya Festival is the largest festival of the year.Â If you are interested in the Mayan and Hispanic culture, this is a good time to visit.Â It kicks off with a beauty contest, with participants from all of the Central American countries, and Mexico. Â Click here to learn more about a future Chill Weekend...
You could come for the Costa Maya Festival, spend a week, and then join us for the Grand Baymen Chill Weekend.
We are trying to plan our December Chill Weekend to coincide with the Christmas Boat Parade.Â ItÂs usually held in early December.Â Our current scheduled dates are December 2-4. Â WeÂve now held two December Chill Weekends during the weekend of the Christmas Boat Parade.Â ThatÂs another great option.
Or, just come on your own, at anytime.Â WeÂll be happy to meet you and show you Grand Baymen whenever you visit.