Succulent Maine Lobster is still center stage at the 20th Annual Redondo Beach Lobster Festival, Southern California’s original lobster festival. This year’s event, hosted by the Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau, has an all-new slant on exclusive high-end dining, entertainment, craft beer and wine.
While dining variety still defines the Festival, visitors now have delicious choices in Maine lobster meals ranging from small plate FISHBAR Lobster Bistro favorites to individual fresh Maine lobster meals, Angus beef and lobster tail Surf and Turf, and Kincaid’s New England Lobster Boil, a three-course, hands-on experience for parties of from two to ten diners.
A craft beer tent will offer eight choices from national and local breweries, and a top flight line up of music kicks off Friday night with Doors guitarist Robby Krieger plus special guests. Saturday will see Bow Wow Wow, The Untouchables, Flashback Heart Attack along with a slew of other bands. With Saint Rocke, the South Bay’s most popular music venue curating the line up, the weekend spells festive lobster dining, beverages and a rocking great time for all.
Chef Jessica Jordan of FISHBAR Manhattan Beach has inspired this year’s Fishbar Lobster Bistro, which features small plates of lobster guacamole and chips, lobster rolls, lobster tacos, lobster corn chowder, lobster grilled cheese, and much more.
Friday, September 25, 6-11pm
Saturday, September 26, Noon-11pm
Sunday, September 27, Noon-8pm
Redondo Beach’s Seaside Lagoon, 200 Portofino Way
Kincaid’s Restaurant, whose executive chef is Executive Chef Ramon Fernandez, was just voted by USAToday.com as one of the “10 Best Restaurants in Los Angeles” is serving its traditionally sold-out, hands-on Kincaid’s New England Lobster Boil. Everyone at the table, whether reserved parties of 2 to 10, digs in to the three-course mouth-watering meal that starts with shrimp cocktail, warm artichoke with dipping sauces and crusty bread. That’s followed by Fresh Maine lobster, corn on the cob, garlic and potato, and Cajun sausage spread classic New England style in the middle of the table. Then comes the finale — Kincaid’s famous Key Lime Pie. Access to the VIP skybox, overlooking the stage, is included, and private bar and VIP beverages are available.
A star of this year’s Lobster Festival, Chef Jessica Jordan, was born into a Central European culinary family, and she is proof that talent runs in the family. She helped open FISHBAR in 2011, which has since won praise as Freshest Seafood in the South Bay (2012), Best Restaurant in Manhattan Beach in 2012, and Best Seafood Soup for the smoked salmon chowder.
Festival visitors will be able to savor their meals with fine wines, and craft beers from national and local breweries such as The Strand Brewing Co., and El Segundo Brewing. The tempo picks up with stand-up paddleboard demonstrations, and paddle boating for guests. Popular every year is the array of vendors selling jewelry, hats, and other must-have’s.
Watch for updates at www.LobsterFestival.com that feature hotel packages for visitors coming from out of town.