Every year the thought of Lobster Fest makes my mouth water, and every year it comes and goes bringing smiles, fun and full bellies. The 23rd annual Lobster Fest is this weekend behind the ever famously popular Schooners.
Here’s all the details (Press Release)
Panama City Beach, FL – Every year in September, Schooners, The Last Local Beach Club, hosts the largest 4 day Lobster Festival & Tournament in Florida. This year the 23rd Annual Lobster Festival will be held September 13, 14, 15 & 16th.
Schooners Lobster Festival and Tournament has always been a local favorite, but now as the festival continues to grow in popularity, there is an effort to attract visitors from all over the South East to come and enjoy the festivities and take advantage of Panama City’s beautiful beaches and seafood.
Divers from all over the country will compete in a variety of lobster categories including Spiny Lobster, Big 6 and Shovelnose, with an opportunity to win cash and prizes totaling over $10,000. Weigh-ins will be from 3-6pm on Saturday and Noon-3pm on Sunday.
There will be a “mini” lobster feast served on Saturday, with the famous traditional Lobster Feast beginning at Noon on Sunday. A special Schooners menu has been developed for all the fresh local lobster that will be harvested by the divers.
The festivities will kick off on Thursday with live entertainment on the beach and the Schooners main stage.
From kids to grandparents, Schooners Lobster Festival and Tournament is four days of non-stop fun – and, although the Lobsters are at the heart of it – it’s a lot more than just that.
On the beach there will be a giant Lobster Festival sand sculpture – one of the biggest in the Southeast as well as a sand sculpting competition on Saturday for enthusiastic amateurs competing for cash and prizes.
Live entertainment starts Thursday with Solshine performing on the Beach Stage followed by Arizona on the Main Stage. Friday afternoon DJ Dave Tracy spins dance music from the Beach Stage with Arizona performing again on the Main Stage. Saturday, The Barry Fish Band will start the afternoon entertainment followed by Cool Rayz on the Beach Stage and then Arizona on the Main Stage. Sunday the Cool Rayz preforms on the Beach Stage, followed by the famous Swingin Medallions.
Proceeds from the event will benefit two local youth oriented charities; Florida Aquatic & Marine Institute (FAMI) and the Toys for Kids Foundation.
Admission to the event is free and open to the public. FEAST tickets are $25 each