This year marked the 67th annual Maine Lobster Festival. If you’ve never been to the festival, it is exactly what you’re picturing. Thousands of people gather next to the ocean to consume thousands upon thousands of pounds of freshly cooked lobster. For four days each year, Rockland is heaven on Earth for those of us that get giddy at the thought of strapping on a plastic bib, ripping apart our food with our hands and consuming enough butter to give Julie Child a heart attack.
Each year, the Seafood Cooking Competition is a major part of the festival. This year, five competitors went head to head to vie for the title. There was lobster fried rice, fresh lobster pasta and plenty of smack talk. The lucky winner brought home some cold hard cash, a gift certificate to Fiore, an adorable plaque and a copy of Malcolm and Jillian’s book, “Eating in Maine.”