Excited about a new Summerside Lobster Festival

Published on April 16, 2014

Hallelujah! Praise be to the gods of lobster related events.
Something is finally being done about Summerside Lobster Carnival.

The City of Summerside announced Tuesday afternoon that the venerable old institution, 59-years-young, will be no more.

The carnival has done its years of service and it’s time for it to be retired, they said.

In its place we’re getting a new event, dubbed the Summerside Lobster Festival. How original.

But if you gloss over the rather pedestrian name, we see the basis for an event worth getting excited about.

Which is refreshing, because it’s been a while since we were truly excited about the lobster carnival.

It’s also worth noting that there was no mention of a mid-way in Tuesday’s announcement. We’re not sure what to make of that.

The new lobster festival, which will run from July 14 to 19, will feature some impressive local musical talent, including Tim Chaisson, Ten Strings and a Goat Skin, Theresa Doyle, Meaghan Blanchard and more.

There are also some new and interesting events planned, including lobster boils on the beach, sandcastle building, geocaching and more.

And low and behold – they’re actually including lobster in the lobster festival. Not just sticking “lobster” in front of an event and branding it as being part of the festival.

This is something we’ve been harping on for a while.

Local restaurants are set to feature exotic lobster creations throughout the festival; similar to Burger Love, which only seems to get more awesomely popular every year.

Lobster roll competition, anyone? World’s largest lobster chowder? We’re a province that’s famous for food – the possibilities here should be endless.

It all sounds great.

Don Quarles, who took over the lobster carnival several months ago after the City of Summerside inherited responsibility for the event, really deserves some praise for these initiatives.

While we’re on the praise wagon, we should give a big shout out to all the many volunteers who made the lobster carnival great over the years.

It is through your hard work that so many Islanders have fond memories of this event.

Here’s hoping the great work you all did for the Lobster Carnival continues in this new iteration for generations to come.