Plenty to catch besides lobster at 3-day fest
By Rachel Jones STAFF WRITER Next weekend, Ports O’ Call Village will be overflowing with crustaceans during the Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival. The three-day annual event will feature games, dressed-up pets, musical acts, pirates and, of course, plenty of seafood. Festival Producer Jim Hall believes that, more than lobster, the event is about promoting San Pedro. “We’ll start to put San Pedro on the map as a happening place to go hear music and have fun,” he said. “San Pedro is a town that works hard and plays hard.” The event raises money for Harbor Interfaith Services, the Chamber of Commerce, San Pedro Rotary Club and a variety of nonprofit organizations. Over 25,000 lobster meals will be served, Hall said. The most popular meal is the 1 pound steamed lobster for $17. Hall is proud that they are able to offer the same price as last year. “Unlike the rest of the world, Lobster Fest is still a bargain,” he said. The festival features Maine lobster, as Pacific lobster is not in season during the fall. There is even a lobster breakfast on Friday morning, which will feature the Red Hat Lady lobster-hat competition and raise money for the Chamber of Commerce. Other seafood and non-seafood meals will be available as well. “It’s the kind of food you’d want to find at a festival that you don’t eat at home,” Hall joked. There will be plenty of refreshments, and Bacardi will be in attendance to premiere its new mojito and pomegranate mojito drinks. Entertaining this year’s festivalgoers will be 16 bands playing rock, and some blues, music. “They’re on their way to big-time stardom,” Hall said of this year’s acts. The bands include Duress, The Binges, The Valley Dolls, Common Sense, Eagle and Talon, Great Northern, Scissors for Lefty, Bodies of Water and Ambrosia. “I’m really excited,” Hall said. “I haven’t heard rock and roll like this since the ’60s.” The Lobster Fest Web site, www.lobsterfest.com, features audio clips of many of the performers. Other attractions includes games, craft vendors, rides, kids activities with pirates and the now world-famous LobsterDog Pet Parade. The parade, which features dozens of dogs dressed like sea creatures, was the subject of German and Korean documentaries and was shown on the cheerful chef Rachael Ray’s daytime talk show in July. “It’s the story of Bob the Lobster Dog, who saved the fleet by barking when the lighthouse was out,” Hall explained. “It’s kind of corny but very creative and a fun event.” Held on Saturday at noon, the parade will raise money for Peninsula Dog Parks, Inc., the nonprofit organization that worked to establish the off-leash dog park on top of Knoll Hill. Though there are many other lobster festivals in the area, Hall believes the Port of Los Angeles event stands out because of its uniqueness and value. “We’re more affordable, we’re larger and there’s more family events going on,” he said. [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!