- From 11 Thu Aug 2016 to 14 Sun Aug 2016 August 11, 2016 August 14, 2016 Parrot Key Resort
Key West Lobsterfest
Melted butter is optional, but lobster lovers should bring hearty appetites to the 20th annual Key West Lobsterfest, a crustacean celebration set for Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 11-14. 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.
Attendees also can browse and buy vendors’ art, crafts and merchandise and rock to the sounds of a free outdoor concert. The music is slated for 1-10:30 p.m. on a stage at the intersection of Duval and Greene streets, with performances by Alphonse, Bubba System, Cool Breeze and The DurtBags.
Key West Lobsterfest events benefit a scholarship fund for Key West High School students.
Event information and booking: www.keywestlobsterfest.com