Hundreds of Maine lobsters will be flown in to Newport Beach on Sunday, August 7 for the 8th Annual Lobsterfest, held at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina from 3 to 8 p.m.
More than 700 people are expected to attend this annual celebration of summer, which centers around a lobster dinner with dancing to live music, opportunity drawings, prizes, and fun on the beach for the entire family.
Live Maine lobster flown in fresh for this event will be prepared on-site alongside a buffet that includes New York strip steak, corn-on-the-cob, salads and dessert.
Live entertainment from 4 to 8 p.m. will be provided by Pinch Me! Band, a popular local band that plays hits from the 60s through today.
In addition to a full bar and live music, Lobsterfest will have special activities on-site for youngsters provided by Camp James.
Tickets for the Lobsterfest are $60 per person in advance, $80 at the door. Additional lobster may be purchased for $20 each. A special box meal for children under 12 is available for $20 in advance and $25 at the door.
VIP tickets, which include all-you-can-eat lobster dinner, complimentary beer and wine, valet parking and reserved seating in front of the stage area are $150 in advance.
Tickets can be purchased online at LobsterfestAtNewportBeach.com.
A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit Make-A-Wish Orange County and Inland Empire, and Leadership Tomorrow – Orange County.
“We think it is a signature event for Newport Beach,” said Lobsterfest Chairman Tim Brown. “The Dunes Waterfront Resort has been huge in making this event successful. They provide drinks, we bring in lobsters, and we have special cooks. It’s an interesting process, because the lobsters have to be cooked just right. It’s a real trade in itself. We visited four or five lobster festivals in Southern California with a mission to find cooks.”