Lobster lovers are invited to sample the savory Florida crustacean during Key West Lobsterfest, scheduled Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 8-11. The festival commemorates the start of the Florida Keys lobster season with a tasty “menu” of events highlighted by an open-air lobster feast on the island’s famed Duval Street. To book a stay at Parrot Key Resort during the event, dial (855) 327-7200.
Key West Lobsterfest Event Info
The flavorful festivities kick off at 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, when lobster aficionados can gather at the Sunset Tiki Bar & Grille, 617 Front St., for a lavish lobster boil that also includes shrimp, andouille sausage, corn on the cob and new potatoes. Live entertainment and libation specials are to round out the evening’s action.
Known as spiny lobsters, the clawless crustaceans found in Keys waters offer sweet and tender meat. Lobster often is served steamed with drawn butter, baked and stuffed, in creamy bisque or cold in savory salads.
Fans can sample lobster dishes of all sorts at the Key West Lobsterfest Street Fair, set for noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, in the 100 through 500 blocks of Duval.
During the enticing festival “entrée,” chefs from as many as 20 local restaurants are to prepare lobster specialties ranging from tempting appetizers to traditional dinners with all the trimmings. Offerings feature fresh crustaceans caught by Florida Keys lobster fishermen.
Free Outdoor Concert
A free outdoor concert is slated for 1-11 p.m. with local, regional and national bands performing from a stage at the intersection of Duval and Greene streets. Attendees also can browse and buy art, crafts and merchandise from dozens of on-site vendors.
More Lobsterfest Events
Other Lobsterfest events include a lively party Friday, Aug. 9, at Rick’s/Durty Harry’s Entertainment Complex, 202 Duval St., a Friday night Duval Crawl and a mouthwatering lobster brunch Sunday, Aug. 11.
The crustacean celebration benefits a scholarship fund for Key West High School students.
Event information: www.keywestlobsterfest.com
Image compliments of KeyWestLobsterfest.com and video from Florida Keys TV