Three of the most popular gastronomic summer events in Belize kicks off when the official lobster season opens on June 15th – the San Pedro, Caye Caulker and Placencia Lobsterfests. This year’s much anticipated San Pedro festival, scheduled for June 15th through to 22nd, will see the power combination of Pier 366 and Alaia Belize as participants to the islands biggest Town event.
What to expect? – Lively entertainment, tons of yummy Lobster and a bevy of tasty libations in several locations around the island! From lobster on the grill, lobster thermidor, lobster ceviche, kebabs, to Lobster ice cream and even lobster chowder, it’s the one week where this tasty crustacean is highly favored.
*Pier 366 and Alaia Belize’s Booth – Last year’s festival saw Pier’s debut and offered fan favorites such as lobster fritters, lobster-stuffed jalapenos, grilled curry lobster and lobster spring rolls. This year Pier partnered with Alaia Belize to bring merged international flavors with locally sourced ingredients. Lobster lollipops and lobster lasagne will be the main dish features while a vodka basil limeade, and grapefruit or strawberry vodka cocktail will make Piers drink list.
What NOT to miss? Be sure to look out for the Ambergris Caye Rotary Club’s fundraiser called “Chairs for Charity”. As its name implies, festival goers wanting to skip the long lines during the Block Party could pre-purchase tickets which give them access to escorted seating at tables, booth vendor menus, bar access, portable toilets inside the area, and wrist bracelets for easy exit and re-entry.
Where to stay? – Over the past decade, the festival has evolved into a 10 day festival filled with plenty of great activities and incredible lobster themed foods so you will need to plan on securing accommodations. Look out for many resort specials but take advantage of lobsterfest specials from Banyan Bay Suites and Grand Colony Island Villas. Get up to 15% OFF any room type for this week. Find your travel options at www.banyanbay.com So, book your accommodations, pack your bags and make your way down to Belize this summer to party like a Lob-STAR!
Here’s a route schedule of locations ‘lobstars’ can meet for the official Lobster Crawl which will culminate with a mega block party at the island’s Central Park.
Thursday June 13th– Estel’s by the Sea will host an all-day Lion Fish Tournament and best recipe competition.
Friday, June 14th – Lionfish Lot Party hosted by Cook Inc, Madisco and Iguana Juan’s
Saturday, June 15th – Official opening of Lobster season – a special event will be held at Amber Beach Bar & Grill
Sunday, June 16th – Lobster themed events at Pirate’s Not So Secret Beach
Sunday night – Lobstars meet at the Dive Bar, North Ambergris Caye
Monday, June 17th – Lobster party at Iguana Juan’s Restaurant & Bar
Monday night – Party moves on to Crazy Canucks
Tuesday, June 18th – A special event Camo Cantina
Tuesday Night – Party moves to Pineapple’s Restaurant inside Ramon’s Village for a lobster kabob special with live music
Wednesday, June 19th– Daytime Lobster crawl meets at the Chocolate Boutique
Wednesday night – Pedro’s Inn
Thursday, June 20th –Daytime crawl at Belize Gift Shop
Thursday nighttime – Night time crawl at Rain Restaurant
Friday, June 21st – Daytime Lobster crawl at Palapa Bar & Grill
Friday Night – Lobstar crawl at The Truck Stop
Saturday June 22nd – Festival ends with a massive block party at the Central Park