20th Annual Lobster Festival & Tournament Sept 17-20

by September 12, 2009 • 1 comment

Schooners, The Last Local Beach Club, will host the 20th Annual Lobster Festival & Tournament again this year! The event, which has grown to be the biggest 4 day Lobster Festival in Florida will be held on September 17, 18, 19 & 20. The first tournament was held in the fall of 1989; today, it draws divers and enthusiasts all over the country!

Divers will have the opportunity to compete in a variety of categories including Spiny Lobster, Big 6 and Shovelnose, with cash prizes totaling $5000.00. Weigh-ins will be from 3-6pm on Saturday and Noon-3pm on Sunday.

Saturday, Schooners will attempt to beat the Guiness Book of World Record for the longest Lobster Roll. The record is 65 feet; Schooners will attempt 70 feet and then sell it by the slice to benefit the Florida Aquatic Marine Institute and the Toys for Kids Foundation.

The Lobster Feast will begin at Noon on Sunday, and spectators will get a chance to taste the catch for themselves! A special Schooners menu has been developed for all the fresh local lobster that will be harvested by the divers… take a look!
WHITE LOBSTER CHILI
LOBSTER GUMBO
LOBSTER BISQUE
LOBSTER CEVICHE WITH SHRIMP AND SCALLOPS
SMOKED LOBSTER CRAB AND CHEESE DIP
LOBSTER AND CORN HUSHPUPPIES
LOBSTER KABOBS WITH STEAK AND SAUSAGE
NEW ENGLAND STYLE LOBSTER ROLLS
LOADED LOBSTER LASAGNA
LOBSTER PAELLA WITH SHRIMP AND SAUSAGE
SAVORY LOBSTER POT PIE
LOBSTER-SHRIMP & GRITS WITH TASSO HAM

The final awards ceremony and the Huge Auction will begin Sunday at 4pm. Lobsters, incredible merchandise and unique packages donated by local businesses are up for bid.

Otherwise known as “Lobsterfest”, the Annual Lobster Festival & Tournament has experienced changes over the years. Eleven years ago, a family oriented Sand Sculpting Contest was added to the lineup. This year, professional sand sculptors Sanding Ovations return to WOW the crowds with their spectacular sculptures. They have won or placed in every major competition in the country.

Live entertainment starts with Troy Syfrett and the Nashville Mafia on Thursday night for the kick off party. Arizona Band takes the main stage Friday thru Sunday and an hometown favorites Nothing Short of Pure host the beach party on Saturday with a concert on the beach stage.

Proceeds from the event will benefit two very worthy local youth oriented charities; Florida Aquatic & Marine Institute (FAMI) and the Toys for Kids Foundation.

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