The Maine Lobster Festival is Here!

August 2, 2016 by captain swift inn

When most people think of Maine, they think of Maine lobsters.

We’ve met people from all over the world who come to Maine just for a taste of our famous crustacean.


The Maine lobster industry is huge… Each year, lobsterman catch more than 100 million pounds of lobster, adding hundreds of millions of dollars Maine’s economy.

Lobstering in Maine goes back more than 400 years…

The first recorded lobster catch happened in 1605. While today lobster is considered a delicacy, centuries ago, lobster was “paupers food.” This is due, in part, to its abundance and easy availability at the time.

This week – from August 3 to 7 – we’re celebrating lobster at the 69th Annual Maine Lobster Festival in Rockland, Maine.


There will be plenty of fresh steamed lobster to eat. As well as lobster rolls and lobster Caesar salad. And you’ll find other great options like steamed Maine clams and fresh Maine mussels. If you still have room for dessert, check out the homemade Maine blueberry cobbler (one of our favorites).

There’s not just awesome food… Here are just of few of the events going on:

  • Smokey’s Carnival
  • The Art Show at Main Street
  • The Big Parade
  • Coast Guard base tours
  • The International Great Crate Race
  • And so much more!

There will be music performances throughout… from jazz to bluegrass. Diamond Rio will play some of their hits on August 5. And Smash Mouth takes the stage on August 6.

From great food to activities for the whole family, you’ll have a hard time squeezing everything in, but you’ll have fun trying.

To see a full list of events, visit

Your innkeepers,

Linda and Norm

P.S. If you’re interested in learning more about the history of lobstering in Maine, check out the University of Maine’s historical timeline. If you want to learn more about lobsters, Visit Maine has a great guide here.