By Chris MacDonald, Writer/Photographer, HB Ambassador/The Local News Columnist
Long Beach, Calif.-More than 15,000 people attended the 14th annual Original Long Beach Lobster Festival in Rainbow Harbor Lagoon, September 17-19. A hot line up of Cajun & Zydeco bands helped create the joyous atmosphere throughout the event, produced by Roy Hassett and O-Enterprises. The fun featival featured a kids’ entertainment stage, face painting, and an amazing array of fresh Maine lobster that brought giant smiles to participant faces.
Other delicious food included roasted corn, hot sausage, barbecue sandwiches, fresh squeezed lemonade, and a full bar for the adults. But the most amazing thing to watch was the massive production of lobster being cooked and served by Bristol Farms. Two special copper-coated tanks, built specifically for cooking the creatures, allowed everyone to see the amazing process from start to finish.
Thank you to the fabulous sponsor: Bristol Farms, Sierra Nevada, The Varden (A Boutique Hotel), Direct TV, Long Beach Boat Show, 95.5FM KLOS Radio, OC Weekly and LA Weekly. I recommend this event. If you’d like to get involved in next year’s 2011 Lobster Festival, please contact (562) 495.5959.
1. Reggie Harrison who is The Deputy City Manager of Long Beach eating Lobster.
2. It’s The Bonne Musique Zydeco Band that played at The Festival.