SEAFOOD FESTIVALS: 9 UNMISSABLE EVENTS ACROSS THE US
Calling all seafood fans! If you love lobster, shucking oysters or speed eating seafood specialties why not celebrate the summer in style by hitting up some of the most beloved seafood festivals in the US!
From the world famous lobster rolls at Maine lobster festival to smaller, yet no less delicious events like Maryland seafood festival, here are the festivals where you won't go hungry stateside, from August through to November. So, bibs and lobster crackers at the ready!
Seafood Festivals - USA
MAINE LOBSTER FESTIVAL, ROCKWOOD
For the ultimate lobster fuelled festival head to Maine Lobster Festival in Rockland.
The monster lobster festival with a massive reputation worldwide promises five days of fun and feasting with over 20,000 tons of fresh lobster to be devoured.
Highlights include; fresh lobster rolls in the main eating tent, an amateur seafood cooking contest with cash prizes for the winners as well as plenty of activities including the Great Lobster Crate Race, where the current champion holds the record of running over 3,000 crates on the water.
Tickets are available on the website.
What Maine Lobster Festival
When August 1 -5, 2018
Where Rockland, Maine USA
CHARLESTOWN SEAFOOD FESTIVAL
The gastronomic extravaganza on Rhode Island boasts the best seafood, lobsters, steamers, chowder, fish & chips, lobster rolls, clam cakes, corn on the cob and a raw bar plus plenty of family style entertainment.
What: Charlestown Seafood Festival
When: 3 to 5 August, 2018
Where: Charlestown, Rhode Island
BOSTON SEAFOOD FESTIVAL, BOSTON
Boston celebrates its eigth year of this one-day local event celebrating all things fishy, from seafood tasting to clambakes and chef demos.
Don't miss out on the Battle of the Shuckers, the oyster shucking competition for a $500 cash prize, or perhaps your chance to be crowned the king of the sea in the fancy dress competition.
What Boston Seafood Festival
Where Boston Fish Pier, Boston, USA
When August 5, 2018
LOUISIANA SHRIMP AND PETROLEUM FESTIVAL
For a unique insight into the charms of the US's local festivities try this event. Marrying two of the area’s biggest industries, this event showcases local traditions with local food at its heart: jambalaya, fried alligator, and shrimp cooked in enough ways “to make Forrest Gump proud.”
What Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival 2018
When 30 August to 3 September, 2018
HAMPTON BEACH SEAFOOD FESTIVAL
Ocean Boulevard closes to the traffic as 60 of the Seacoast’s top restaurants set up shop serving up an abundance of mouthwatering seafood at Hampton Beach Seafood Festival. Choose from seafood favorites like fried clams, shrimp, and lobster to BBQ favourites like ribs, and “Blooming Onions. ”You can even pick up some cooking tips during the "Wicked Bites Culinary Chef Demonstrations"
What: Hampton Beach Seafood Festival
When: September 7 to 9, 2018
Where: Ocean Boulevard
MARYLAND SEAFOOD FESTIVAL
Celebrate the 51st Annual Maryland Seafood Festival at Sandy Point State Park with a weekend full of delicious seafood dishes, interactive cooking demonstrations, exciting competitions all washed down wiht lots of local craft beer and wine.
What : Maryland Seafood Festival
Where: Sandy Point State Park, Maryland
When: September 8 and 9, 2018
ATLANTIC CITY SEAFOOD FESTIVAL
Over 40 different local and regional seafood restaurants and vendors who will be serving up their favorite seafaring dishes in this seaside city. From clams to calamari, oysters to ahi, and even alligator too, The Atlantic City Seafood Festival has it all! Check out the chowder Cook-Off too!
What: Atlantic City Seafood Festival
When: 8 and 9 September, 2018
SHRIMP & GRITS FESTIVAL
If you're a “shrimp & grits,” fan head to Jekyll Island in Georgia and find this southern seafood festival should bring gathering over 100+ local artists, wildlife interactive demos, and live music. Not forgetting the ultimate shrimp & grits cooking competition.
What Shrimp & Grits Festival
Where Jekyll Island Georgia
When 14, 15,16 September, 2018
FLORIDA SEAFOOD FESTIVAL
Join in the celebrations at the 55th annual Florida seafood Festival, a two day event annually drawing tens of thousands of visitors to the historic town of Apalachicola in scenic Franklin County for seafood related fun. From Oyster Eating and Oyster Shucking contests to Blue Crab Races and a 5k Redfish Run there's fun for all to be had.
What: Florida Seafood Festival
Where: Battery Park in downtown Apalachicola
When: 2 & 3 November, 2018