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6th Annual Lobsterfest Claws Its Way to Newport Beach

August 1, 2014

If you love lobster (and who doesn’t!), you’ll love the 6th Annual Lobsterfest held at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina from 3 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, August 10.

Nearly 1,000 Maine lobsters will be flown in to Newport Beach that morning, enough to feed the expected crowd of about 700 hungry crustacean fans.

The lobsters will be prepared on-site alongside a buffet that includes tri-tip, corn on the cob, salads and dessert.

Never eaten a whole lobster before? Don’t worry, there will be placemats with instructions on how to use the claw cracker and what part of the lobster to eat.

Live entertainment will be provided by Instant Replay, a high-energy pop band playing hits from several decades, while a variety of fun activities for kids will be conducted by Camp James.

While visiting Newport Dunes, you can also take advantage of the sandy beachfront and swimming, and there’s a playground on the beach for kids.

Tickets for Lobsterfest are $55 per person in advance, $75 at the door. Additional lobster may be purchased for $20 each. A special meal for children under 12 is available for $20 in advance and $25 at the door.

VIP tickets, which include all-you-can-eat lobster, complimentary wine, valet parking and reserved seating, are $150 in advance.

Tickets can be purchased online at lobsterfestatnewportbeach.com.

A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit Make-A-Wish Orange County and Inland Empire, Leadership Tomorrow, and New Directions for Women.

“We instituted this event as a fundraiser, and it’s become a signature event for Newport Beach” said Lobsterfest Chairman Tim Brown. “We have special cooks to prepare the lobsters. It’s an interesting process, because the lobsters have to be cooked just right. It’s a real trade in itself.”

Brown said the Lobsterfest organization purchased special pots and cooking apparatus to ensure the lobsters would be cooked to perfection.

Brown expects attendance to be up from last year, which means they’ll be serving more lobster than ever.

Written by Christopher Trela

For more articles on dining out in Newport Beach, see the Off the Menu column in the Newport Beach Independent at NewportBeachIndy.com

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