Kimberley’s Rotary Club hosts eigth annual Lobsterfest

The popular event is held once a year, flying in fresh lobster from the east coast

Once a year the Kimberley Rotary Club hosts Lobsterfest at the Kimberley Conference and Athlete Training Centre. This year maked the eighth Lobsterfest event, with 190 guests, live entertainment, silent and live auctions, a 50/50 draw and much more.

Lobsterfest Chairperson, Bev McCormick said, “we were extremely happy with the number of guests that joined us for Lobsterfest dinner. The whole evening went according to plan, timing was perfect, our mc’s were entertaining and the food and music was outstanding. I have been receiving rave reviews from everyone.”

The evening started off at 5p.m. with cocktails, ticket sales, and live music by Clarence Uhll.

At 6:15p.m. the salad buffet opened, serving coleslaw, corn salad, potatoes and fresh rolls. The buffet was accompanied by live music from SHEVA.

Shortly after the buffet, was the traditional “March of the Lobsters”. McCormick says it’s the most interesting part of the evening.

“The most interesting part of the evening is the now famous and unique lobster march,” said McCormick. “Rotarians dressed in their Lobsterfest tee shirts and quirky handmade lobster hats are led into the ballroom by a local piper [Steve Maher], each with a tray of lobsters to serve to a table of hungry guests. Once the guests have been served their first lobster, the RCR serving staff takes over.”

For anyone who didn’t know how to properly disassemble a lobster, there were videos and demonstrations playing on two large screens, making it less intimidating to dig in.

The evening wrapped up with a dessert buffet, a live auction led by auctioneer Wes Tallman, and a silent auction with many donations from local businesses.

“It is a busy night with other raffles and draws as well,” said McCormick. “We try to make this event as unique and fun-filled as we can. This is our eighth successful Lobsterfest, so I do believe we are doing something right. Thanks to all our supporters, guests and businesses, you make this event possible!”

Owners of the Tamarack Dispensaries, Tamara and Rod Duggan donated $5725 to the Rotary Club, which is equivalent to the total price for all of the lobsters purchased.

Many of the sponsors and donors include Pacific Coastal Airlines, Fairmont Hot Springs, Go Kimberley, The Kimberley Bulletin, Canadian Tire, Kwick Print, Kootenay Granite, The College of the Rockies, Kimberley Riverside Campground, Tamarack Dispensaries, Kootenay Mountain Works, Kimberley Golf Club, St. Eugene Resort, Kimberley Dynamiters, The Sandman Inn, Wildstone Golf Course, Overwaitea Foods, Melody Motors, Trickle Creek Golf Resort, Mountain Spirit Resort, Canmore Wine Merchants, Creekside Physiotherapy, New Dawn Developments, Northstar Mountain Village Resort, Chalet GM, Wine Works and Shadow Mountain.

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Some of the many Rotary Club members and volunteers at Lobsterfest 2017 (Corey Bullock/Kimberley Bulletin)

Lobsters are flown in from Nova Scotia the day before the event (Corey Bullock/Kimberley Bulletin)

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