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July 7, 2017

Which chef will earn title of 'World's Best Lobster Roll' creator?

Photo / Peter Van Allen
Photo / Peter Van Allen
A lobster roll served at takeout along the coast of Maine. Twelve chefs will be competing this weekend for the title of the "World's Best Lobster Roll" in Down East Magazine's festival that will take place from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at Thompson's Point in Portland.

Bragging rights for creator of the "world's best lobster roll" are on the line as 12 chefs compete for that title in Down East Magazine's Lobster Roll Festival that will take place from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at Thompson's Point in Portland.

The competition, the first-ever large-scale contest in Maine showcasing the state's iconic snack, will be the anchor event to a larger family-friendly afternoon of activity that will include everything from live music to an interactive kid's area to Maine-made vendors and refreshments. A project of Down East magazine, the Down East Lobster Roll Festival seeks to illuminate the spirit and culture of Maine by offering an afternoon of some good old-fashioned summer fun.

The 12 semi-finalists competing for the "world's best" title are:

  • The Lobster Lady, Phoenix, Ariz., and Isle au Haut
  • The Clam Shack, Kennebunk
  • Bob's Clam Hut, Kittery
  • Cousins Maine Lobster, Los Angeles and various locations
  • C-Ray Lobster, Bar Harbor
  • Bite Into Maine, Cape Elizabeth
  • The Highroller Lobster Co., Portland
  • Northern Maine Community College, Presque Isle
  • Eventide Oyster Co., Portland
  • Luke's Lobster, New York City, and various locations
  • Freshies Lobster Co., Park City, Utah
  • Stonington Ice Cream Co., Stonington.

The festival will celebrate Maine's iconic snack by giving back to Maine's lobstering community — $4 of every lobster roll sold will go to the Maine Lobstermen's Community Alliance, whose mission is to foster thriving coastal communities and preserve Maine's lobstering heritage.

This charitable component is made possible by the sponsorship of Ready Seafood Co. in Portland, which buys and sells more than 15 million pounds of live and processed lobster a year. The Ready brothers, who grew up in Cape Elizabeth and have been lobstering since they were 9, have generously donated all the lobster meat for the festival, which is close to 300 pounds.

More information about the festival, including a full list of sponsors, and a link to the festival's ticket sales can be found here.

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