Lotsa lobster at Lobster Bash

Free wharfage for lobster boats

Jonathan Riley, Digby Courier jriley@digbycourier.ca
Published on June 24, 2013

What’s your favourite way to enjoy lobster?

Steamed and dipped in butter? Broiled? Lobster roll? Lobster chowder?

How about a lobster stir-fry, lobster risotto, lobster ravioli, lobster lasagna, lobster fried rice, lobster clubhouse, lobster suishi, lobster quiche or lobster pizza?

These are just some of the ways Digby restaurants are serving the big red crustacean during the Lobster Bash running from Friday, July 5 to Sunday, July 7.

Phil Robertson, president of the organizing committee, doesn’t care how you eat it – he just wants people to eat more of it.

“This festival is a celebration of the lobster industry here in southwest Nova Scotia,” he said. “We want to encourage more people to eat lobster and to eat it more often. The more lobster the industry can move, the better it is for the whole community.”

The Lobster Bash is printing off a list of the lobster specials to help people find the dishes they want.

The association itself will be serving lobster rolls, lobster chowder and steamed lobster with a bag of lobster-flavoured potato chips in the marina parking lot on Saturday and Sunday and at the Kitchen Party and at the dance at the arena.

The Wesleyan Church will even be serving a lobster omelet breakfast on Saturday morning.

“Our plan from the very beginning was to have lots of lobster available and have it reasonably priced,” says Robertson. “The restaurants have really run with it and have come up with some fantastic ways of serving lobster.”

The Bash has arranged for two chefs to give demos and workshops on cooking with lobster; chef Dale Nichols of the Digby Pines and Alain Bossé , the kilted chef, will be on the waterfront Saturday and Sunday.

The weekend will be about more than just eating—organizers have planned a whole slew of lobstering-related events and competitions: lobster banding, lobster trap stacking, a lobster crate run plus rope splicing and coiling races.

Out on the water they are holding a lobster trap hauling competition, where fishermen haul ten traps, steam round a buoy and drop them again. First prize is 25 lobster traps.

There is also a jumbo lobster contest for lobsters caught between April 1 and the Friday of the Bash. The weigh in is Friday on the Fundy Complex stage.

Organizers are hoping as many lobster boats will come to Digby for the event as possible. The Digby Harbour Port Association is offering free wharfage to any visiting lobster boats for the weekend.

Robertson says they’ve worked hard to include the whole family—they’re building a lobster trap maze in the Courier parking lot, and holding a costume contest Saturday. If you go on lobsterbash.ca, you can enter a colouring contest or sign up your children aged five to ten for the King and Queen contest.

They’ve signed up bands to play on the marina bandstand all three nights, there’s a kitchen party Friday night and a dance Saturday both at the arena.

And Sunday night Robertson is promising a “huge” firework show.

“It’s going to be a biggee,” he says. “We’re planning a real fun weekend and we want to make sure we cap it off right with a gigantic fireworks show.”

For more info and a complete schedule of the weekend events check out lobsterbash.ca.

jriley@digbycourier.ca