It’s that time of year again.

By Melissa Locker
Updated: March 01, 2017
Maine Lobster Festival

No offense to the extraordinary lobster rolls from Charleston’s The Ordinary or L.A.’s Hinoki & the Bird or Minneapolis’s Smack Shack, but sometimes you just have to eat the real thing.

Those hankering for from-the-source New England lobster should head up north for the annual Maine Lobster Festival, which runs until August 2.

Held in Rockland’s Harbor Park,it features all the hallmarks of a great local celebration: a cooking contest, themed arts and crafts, a Main Street parade, a Don McLean performance, the coronation of a reigning Sea Goddess…

Related: The 10 Best Lobster Shacks in Maine

…and an obscene amount of lobster—over 20,000 pounds drenched in almost 1,700 pounds of butter, according to the festival’s website.

Maine Lobster Festival

Festivities start early, with a pancake breakfast at 7 a.m. Lobster comes out at 11 a.m. The festival also features the Lobster Crate Race, wherein competitors hop from crate to crate in open water.

The festival was first held in 1947 and offered an all-you-could-eat lobster feast for just $1. Now a full Maine dinner with a 1-1/4lb fresh-from-the-sea Maine lobster, steamed clams, corn on the cob, and cole slaw will set you back $31. By comparison, a lobster roll alone from East Coast mini-chain Luke’s Lobster costs $16, and if you’re looking for the authentic Maine lobster supper experience, this is it.

Related: Maine Travel Guide

More information, over at the official site.

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