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Lobster is an essential part of Maine—a multitude of quirky foods, awesome exhibits and fun festivals celebrate the beloved crustacean. Lobster isn’t just a food in the Northeast, it’s a part of the culture.
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Academe Maine Brasserie and Tavern at The Kennebunk Inn has been featured through major news outlets, including Oprah, because they have the ultimate lobster comfort dish—Lobster Pot Pie. A delicate, smooth stock immerses a variation of fresh veggies and, of course, lobster meat. A flakey, thick puff pastry is gently placed on top; chicken pot pie will never be good enough after tasting this dish.
Want to know exactly how lobstering is done? You can hop onboard Lulu, a lobster boat in Bar Harbor, to take a short tour that will offer picturesque lighthouse sightings, and lots of info about lobsters. Traps will be pulled up, and if there’s a catch, the guides will let you see it up close.
If you want to actually feel like a real lobsterman, take a tour with Lucky Catch in Portland. Not only will you learn about, and participate in the process, the day’s catch can be cooked up at a nearby Portland restaurant. Now that’s a complete Maine experience.
Ben and Bills Chocolate Emporium may offer the most unusual way to eat lobster—via icecream! That’s right, they’ve created a buttery ice cream base and have tossed in real lobster meat. It’s interesting, to say the least, but this crazy cream has developed a devoted following. People love the stuff!
August is a time to celebrate the culture and flavors of Maine’s lovable lobster—the Maine Lobster Festival takes place in Rockland. Tons of food, a huge parade and a crate race across the water make for one heck of a time.
Winter Harbor, a quaint lobstering town, also puts on an August festival—this one lasts a single day. In the morning, a huge blueberry pancake breakfast takes place, and is followed by boat races and a lobster dinner.
Lobster and eggs go together like peanut butter and jelly, so Becky’s Diner whips up a mean, home-style omelet with melted Swiss cheese and hunks of moist lobster. It leans on the high side of breakfast prices, around 20 bucks, but it’s beyond worth it.