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Chill Out at Ambergris Caye Lobster Fest 2011

Posted by Valeria Espinoza on May 13, 2011 6:00:45 AM
Valeria Espinoza

2010 Lobster Fest Block Party Lobster fun at 2010 Lobster Fest Block Party

People often ask me when is a good time to visit Ambergris Caye. One of my favorite events is the Lobster Fest, which takes place in late June. Lobster season opens on June 15. Festivities start soon after. This year the Lobster Fest Week will be June 19th -25th.  A week of lobster related celebrations culminates with a block party that is held on Saturday night, June 25th, at the town square. This is an event worth attending!

In 2009 Grand Baymen scheduled a Chill Weekend to coordinate with the Lobster Fest. It was such a hit with our visitors, that ever since we've planned a Chill Weekend during the Lobster Fest. Normally our group Saturday night dinner is held at one of the better local restaurants. But during the Lobster Fest, we take the entire Chill Weekend group into town for the Lobster Fest block party. It's always a group favorite... And everyone gets their fill of delectable lobster dishes.

Come and join us for this year’s Lobster Fest Chill Weekend, on June 24-26. We still have room, and the three day weekend is a deal.  But we can only take the first 20 people.  You’ll find more info on Chill Weekends and how to sign up here…

So what’s so special about the Lobster Fest? Read about last year’s activities…

Ambergris Caye Lobster Fest 2010

The weather was perfect… The lobster dishes - delectable… The entertainment - better than ever… As expected, the 2010 San Pedro Town Lobster Fest was a grand success.

Ann with Weatherman Joey at Lobster Fest 2010 Ann & Weatherman Joey at Lobster Fest 2010

Traveling Caribbean One weatherman, Joey Stevens, joined in for a week of events dedicated to celebrating the reopening of the lobster season. His presence gave our Isla Bonita an extra boost in international media exposure. Caribbean One/WSEE airs in 33 countries, in the Caribbean and parts of the USA’s East Coast. WSEE is a CBS affiliate, headquartered in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Each year the San Pedro Business Association goes all out to organize a bigger and better Lobster Fest. This year they came together and donated the necessary funds needed to sponsor Joey Stevens as a special guest judge for the Lobster dish competition. As a result, the media coverage we received due to the presence of Caribbean One is expected to assure the success of Lobster Fest 2011.

Actual activities kicked off on Monday, the day before the opening of Lobster Season.   Every night a special event was held at a different venue. Joey Stevens participated in each one, camera-man in tow.  They filmed at locations all around Ambergris Caye and Belize. The film clips started airing in mid-July and should run for at least a month on Caribbean One TV.

Lobster season officially opened on June 15th. That’s the day the lobstermen headed out at 5 am to empty their lobster traps for the first time in months. Clearly, they needed to haul in a lot of lobster to supply the restaurants ready to add the tasty crustacean back onto their menus...

Art Show at Lobster Fest 2010 Art Show in Town Square - Lobster Fest 2010

A new addition to this year’s festivities was “Art in the Park”. This complementary event was held on the final Saturday of the Fest, at the town square. I enjoyed the diverse, vibrant selection of local artists’ creations. Paintings, carvings, jewelry, clothes, books… They were all on display. The artists were present, meeting and greeting visitors. The Caribbean’s aqua blue waves lapped at the beach behind the artists displays. What a perfect back drop for the splashy exhibit of local creativity.

The ultimate event is always the Saturday night block party. By Saturday, we were all salivating in anticipation of trying this year’s entries for the best lobster dish competition. Since I was still mainly confined to my wheelchair, Mike and I came early, to beat the crowds. Good thing! By 6 PM the food booth lines were long, and the crowd growing.

Competing chefs each submitted their latest crustacean creations. The options were overwhelming - Lobster-stuffed Jalapenos, Waka Waka Lobster Tacos, Tequila Lobster Kebabs, Lobster Rangoon, Lobster Sushi, Lobster Guacamole, Lobster Chowder, Lobster Creole, Ginger Coconut Lobster… And the list goes on. I stopped after downing a stuffed jalapeno, some chowder, and my favorite - Ginger Coconut Lobster. There’s something about lobster and curry that really satisfies the palate…

The Mojito Bar & Grill’s Lobster Salad Tostada walked away with first prize. The Hurricane Bar’s Lobster Creole came in second. Unfortunately, Mike and I were already full before we had a chance to try either of these winning entries. Blue Water Grill’s Mango Lobster Colada took first prize in the drink competition.

It wouldn’t be a festival without entertainment. A buzz ensued as the sun went down and our favorite local fire dancer, Lara Goldman, worked her dazzling magic right there in the town square. The San Pedro Dance Company later performed on the stage. A Lobster Queen and King were chosen and crowned. And the final act was the popular Belizean performer, Supa G.

We left long before Supa G stepped onto the stage, since my broken hip did not allow me to boogie… But, apparently, the energetic crowd danced by the beach, under the Caribbean stars, well into the night…

For more info about the Lobster Fest...


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Valeria Espinoza

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