15,000 pounds of lobster, enough ‘butta’ to fill a swimming pool and special deliveries of beer… comprise one succulent summer event: The 13th Annual Lobsterfest on Duval Street, the Florida Keys’ crustacean celebration which entices mobs of visitors to our islands every year.

Key West City Commissioner and businessman Mark Rossi urges the locals to join in the merrymaking, “Come on down and do the lobster dance! There will be about 300 to 400 people walking backward down the street.”

Rossi, the event’s founder is talking about the Lobster Crawl, which starts Friday night after the sun sets on Mallory Square.

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Thirteen years ago, in the side alley next to the Rick’s complex, Lobsterfest started on a whim with just a couple hundred people. This year, 30,000 revelers are expected this weekend.

“That’s a lot of people coming down to do the lobster dance,” Rossi remarks.

The Lobsterfest Duval Crawl is sure to be a way to work up your appetite for the following day.

Starting at noon on Saturday the party will converge on the 100-500 blocks of Duval. The area will also be jam-backed with arts, crafts, merchandise, music and lobster done anyway you can dream … topped with lots of liquid gold.

“Don’t drown in all that butta,” Rossi advises.

This year you will also find another crustacean that has made its home in Key West’s hearts and plates, Key West Pink Shrimp, the Keys’ other delectable delicacy.

Entertainment Line-Up, Stage Starts Rockin’ at 1 pm
The Bubba System
Cool Breeze
Headlining: Techno Dread

Take your hands off your ears, Techno Dread isn’t a techno band! The Rasta musicians will have the crows jamming to their favorite reggae tunes.

All four bands have played at the festival in past years,” Eric Adams of Rick’s and Durty Harry’s entertainment says. “They are definitely crowd favorites.”

The music plays until 10 pm.

Sunday Lobster Brunch 11 am – 2 pm
Doubletree Grand Key Resort
Seafood Salad Pasta
Lobster Bisque
Bahamian Lobster Lasagna
Lobster Mashed Potatoes
Vodka Tarragon Lobster Ravioli
Lobster Eggs Benedict
Lobster Tail with Dran Butter

Steel pan player Jim Wist will be making music for your ears! Reservations are required.

Each year, the proceeds from Lobsterfest helps one Key West High School student follow his or her dream to a college education – not bad for a little lobster, some people call “bugs”!




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