Burlington's Lobster Fiesta, May 25th

Screen Shot 2013-05-20 at 9.29.48 PMI like to think of myself as a bit of a foodie who loves to experiment and be creative in my kitchen. My taste buds are well-rounded and there are few foods that I won’t try. Other than escargot and liver, food doesn’t usually intimidate me. But lobster intimidates me and fascinates me, all at once.

Lobster seems to be one of those foods that you just have to try at least once, or someone will say, “You’ve never tried lobster?” in such an incredulous manner that you’ll begin to feel you’ve really missed the boat (pun intended).

At once a delicacy and a staple of maritime diets, lobster was food for those living in poverty or as indentured servants (near the water, of course) prior to the mid-19th century. The high price that you’ll pay at most restaurants today is due to the fact that several types of lobsters are extremely delicate, and thus costly, to ship to land-locked lobster lovers.

But what intimidates me the most about eating lobster is the fact that every website I checked for instructions on how to eat lobster mentioned a minimum of 6 steps to enjoying your meal. Some websites mentioned upwards of 11 steps and a list of dangerous-looking helpful equipment needed for the process.

Now, I’m not a patient person when I’m hungry, nor do I like to wear a bib when I eat, and I’m not sure I can be trusted with such ominous-looking utensils. So what’s the big deal about eating lobster?

Lobster Fiesta

Perhaps it’s time I find out. This year marks the 42nd annual Lobster Fiesta, happening at Burlington Central Arena on Saturday, May 25 at 5:30 p.m. This long-standing Burlington tradition is brought to you by the Rotary Clubs of Burlington who are donating proceeds from the event to the redevelopment and expansion project happening at Joseph Brant Hospital, and to other Rotary charities.

The evening offers all-you-can-eat lobster, BBQ chicken, salad and dessert. The fun continues with live music by The Sugardaddies, dancing, a live auction and cash bar. There are even prizes for the best decorated tables!

Based on the success of this yearly event, I’m sure there would be someone there who could teach me how to eat lobster properly, right?

But do you think anyone would mind if I just ate the chicken?

Get your tickets here for Lobster Fiesta.

About the Author Teresa Baerg

Teresa Baerg is a writer, editor and self-confessed word-nerd who loves telling a good story. She is proud to call Burlington home for over a decade. She is passionate about her family, sunshine and palm trees, growing veggies, running and cycling, good books, good food and good coffee. And football. Twitter: @teresabaerg Instagram: @teresabaerg Website: teresakbaerg.com