Midcoast supports lobstermen with Lobsterpalooza
Lobsterpalooza was the brainstorm of the four 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 this summer.
Lobsterpalooza is a weeklong celebration of lobster that will take place Aug. 26-31 in Rockland, Camden and surrounding towns where businesses celebrate the lobster harvest with everything from a crustacean cash mob to featured specials, events and more.
“It makes sense that we’d hold Lobsterpalooza in Rockland and Camden,” said Cheryl Michaelsen, owner of the Berry Manor Inn. “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 this summer.”
Nearly 40 restaurants, spas and retail stores have signed on to feature lobster for the Lobsterpalooza week with everything from a free lobster with special spa treatments to a lobster off the boat from Captain Jack’s Lobster Adventures. The four Historic Inns of Rockland will feature lobster on the breakfast menu during Lobsterpalooza week, while offering discounted tickets for lobster adventures.
Restaurants including Café Miranda, Sweets and Meats Market, In Good Company, Bricks Restaurant and Amalfi on the Water will feature new lobster entrees on the menu.
Crustacean Cash Mobs will be held at Jess’s Market on Tuesday, Aug. 28 and Ship to Shore Lobster Company in Owls Head on Thursday, Aug. 30. Cash mobs are a way to support local, independent businesses, and in this case local fishermen.
Cellardoor Winery will feature a Lobster Lover’s cooking class on Aug. 31. All Aboard Trolley Company will offer a “Nap-AH and Lob-STAH” wine tour on Monday, Aug. 27.
Lobsterpalooza will feature a drawing for a Lobster Lover’s Getaway — with two nights at one of the Historic Inns of Rockland — to be enjoyed in June 2013. Sign up to win at all participating businesses. A winner will be drawn at the close of Lobsterpalooza week.
On Aug. 28 from 2 to 3 p.m., K. Stephens will present “Between Fact and Fiction: The Subculture of Maine Lobstermen” in the Breakwater Room at the Maine Lighthouse Museum.
Participating Lobsterpalooza businesses include: Historic Inns of Rockland (Berry Manor Inn, LimeRock Inn, Granite Inn, Captain Lindsey House), Café Miranda, In Good Company, Synergy Massage, Skin Klinic, Rheal Day Spa, Loyal Biscuit, Planet, Clan MacLaren, Ship to Shore Lobster Company, Jess’s Market, FIORE Artisan Olive Oils & Vinegars, Rustica Cucina Italiana, The Brown Bag Restaurant/Café, Amalfi on the Water, Sweets and Meats, Rock Harbor Restaurant, Bricks Restaurant, Archers on the Pier, The Brass Compass Cafe, Rockland Cafe, All Aboard Trolley, Park Street Grille, The Pearl at the Pier, Lobsterman’s Restaurant, Captain Jack's Lobster Adventure, Cellardoor Winery, Savage Oakes Vineyard and Winery, Sweetgrass Farm Winery and Distillery, The Slipway Restaurant, The Landings Restaurant, Millers Lobster, Lobster Pound Restaurant, Cappy’s Chowder House, McLaughlin’s Lobster Shack, Waterworks Restaurant, Waterfront Restaurant, and Eastern Tire.