There’s nothing like a food festival to cut through the February blues. Winter is a delicious time of year to visit Nova Scotia, Canada. In its fifth year, the Nova Scotia Lobster Crawl Festival shell-abrates the cuisine and culture of the province with lobster-themed events every weekend in February along the province’s South Shore. From tastings to art to outdoor activities, music, and more, the Lobster Crawl is packed with opportunities to enjoy Nova Scotia and the tasty crustacean at its freshest.
Here’s a sampling of lobster themed events taking place this year:
“Groundhog” Day with Lucy the Lobster: The festival kicks off with a twist on Groundhog Day, with Lucy the “Lob-star” making her annual appearance out of the ocean on the shores of Barrington, the Lobster Capital of Canada, in search of her shadow. Much like the United States’ Punxsutawney Phil, the tough-shelled celebrity will offer up her future forecast for eager visitors and Nova Scotians alike – when will winter end, and when will spring arrive – on February 2 at 8 am.
Lobster Roll-Off Competition: This wildly popular annual event will take place on February 5 at the Best Western Plus Bridgewater Hotel & Convention Centre and features restaurants from along the South Shore competing for the coveted title of the Best Lobster Roll. Attendees will have the chance to purchase tickets to watch the judging and to sample the participating lobster rolls to cast their ballots for the People’s Choice Award.
Lobster Crawl Craft Beer Festival: Participants will celebrate the amazing craft beers of Nova Scotia at the Lobster Crawl Craft Beer Festival taking place on February 18 at the Best Western Plus Bridgewater Hotel & Convention Centre. A highlight is the ‘Crustacean Elation,’ a signature beer from Saltbox Brewery in Mahone Bay, a buttery, lobster pale ale and a guest favorite. VIP tickets include a souvenir pint glass to take home.
Tail End Party: This ticketed event is the ultimate lobster-lover’s dream culmination of crustacean appetizers and dinner stations. Guests can enjoy local entertainment, prizes, and a chance to gather to celebrate the Lobster Crawl, on February 24 at the Old Fish Factory in Lunenburg.
New: Lobster Crawl Regional Scavenger Hunt: Exclusive Lobster Crawl keychains are waiting to be found in 28 locations along the South Shore throughout the month. Prizes range from gift cards to local businesses to Lobster Crawl merchandise. Daily clues and prizes will be posted on the Nova Scotia Lobster Crawl Facebook page.
Nova Scotia is one of the leading producers of lobster, which is enjoyed across the province year-round. Along the province’s South Shore, the prime lobster fishing season is from November – May, when the cold and crisp Atlantic water produces the most ideal lobster. Lobsters caught in the Southwestern tip of Nova Scotia account for approximately 40% of all lobster caught in Canada annually. The Lobster Crawl Festival is celebrated from Barrington to Peggy’s Cove, located west of Halifax, which has an international airport for easy access to the U.S. Direct flights to Nova Scotia’s capital city of Halifax occur daily from Boston and Newark, with less than two hours of flying time from gate to gate.