20th Annual Crustacean Celebration in Key West | Lobsterfest August 11 – 14
Every year our family heads down to the beautiful Florida Keys during lobster season. We rent a great place on the water and get our boat into the water. We usually scope out the area for a day before lobster season actually starts. Then, it’s on!
I wasn’t aware of Lobsterfest that takes place in Key West each year. (We usually stay in Marathon) But this year, we will be heading on down to check out the 20th annual Key West Lobsterfest. The festival takes place Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 11-14th. The events salute the seafood delicacy following the Aug. 6 start of the Florida Keys lobster season.
Known as spiny lobsters, the Keys’ clawless crustaceans offer sweet and tender meat. Many “foodies” savor them steamed or boiled with melted butter, while others enjoy their lobster baked and stuffed, blended into rich chowder or chilled in salad.
Lobsterfest activities are to kick off at 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, with a mouthwatering lobster boil at the Sunset Tiki Bar & Grille, 617 Front St. As well as lobster, the feast includes shrimp, andouille sausage, crawfish, corn on the cob and new potatoes. Other attractions include live entertainment and libation specials.
Friday’s schedule features a three-hour “Reef & Ritas” sail and snorkel trip beginning at 1 p.m., plus a lively 8 p.m. Duval Crawl with stops at a dozen watering holes in Key West’s historic downtown.
The festival’s undisputed highlight is the tastebud-tempting Key West Lobsterfest Street Fair, set for noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, in the 100 through 500 blocks of Duval. Lobster lovers can sample offerings ranging from tantalizing appetizers to traditional dinners with all the trimmings. All lobster served is caught by Keys lobster fishermen and dishes are prepared by chefs from leading local restaurants.
The festival’s savory schedule concludes with a Sunday lobster brunch at Tavern N Town at the Key West Marriott Beachside Hotel, 3841 N. Roosevelt Blvd. Reservations are required.
Key West Lobsterfest events benefit a scholarship fund for Key West High School students.
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