Count­down on to sec­ond an­nual South Shore Lob­ster Crawl

Tri-County Vanguard - - News - KATHY JOHN­SON TRICOUNTY VANGUARD

The count­down is un­der­way for the sec­ond an­nual South Shore Lob­ster Crawl.

Busi­nesses, restau­rants, chefs, com­mu­nity groups, lob­ster fish­er­men and local lob­ster pounds through­out the re­gion are among those crawl­ing aboard for the Feb. 1 to 18 fes­ti­val aimed at in­creas­ing win­ter tourism in the re­gion.

Ini­ti­ated and or­ga­nized by the South Shore Tourism Co­op­er­a­tive (SSTC), last year’s Lob­ster Crawl in­cluded nearly 60 events at restau­rants, brew­eries, cul­tural des­ti­na­tions, sport­ing events and ac­tiv­i­ties through­out Lunen­burg, Queens and Shel­burne coun­ties, spark­ing an in­crease in vis­i­tors to the area. Even more venues are ex­pected to par­tic­i­pate this year.

Gain­ing in­ter­na­tional me­dia at­ten­tion last year and back this year will be “Lucy the Lob’STAR!” to make her sec­ond an­nual Ground­hog Day pre­dic­tion. Lucy the shadow-seek­ing crus­tacean will crawl out of the At­lantic Ocean at 8 a.m. on Feb. 2 at the North East Point wa­ter­front on Cape Sable Is­land, join­ing the likes of ground­hogs Wiar­ton Wil­lie in On­tario and fel­low Nova Sco­tian Shube­nacadie Sam to of­fer their weather fore­cast of an early or late spring.

In hon­our of Ground­hog Day and Lucy the LobSTAR, Feb. 2 has been des­ig­nated Lob­ster Day in the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Bar­ring­ton, which car­ries the of­fi­cial ti­tle of the Lob­ster Cap­i­tal of Canada.

Spe­cial lob­ster dishes and meals at local venues, a hunt for the mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s lob­ster sculp­tures and the op­por­tu­nity to visit a local lob­ster pound are among the events be­ing planned for the day.

Brag­ging rights are also on the line again this year for the best lob­ster roll on the South Shore with the Lob­ster ‘Roll’ Off! at White Point Beach Re­sort on Feb. 3 from 2 to 4 p.m. More than a dozen restau­rants from Peggy’s Cove through to Bar­ring­ton are en­tered in the com­pe­ti­tion, won last year by Capt. Kat’s Lob­ster Shack in Bar­ring­ton Pas­sage. The Kilted Chef, Alain Bosse, will be host­ing the event and will be joined by lob­ster en­thu­si­asts to se­lect the win­ning en­try.

Lob­ster rolls are on the menu daily dur­ing the Lob­ster Crawl at par­tic­i­pat­ing restau­rants along the South Shore as are nu­mer­ous lob­ster din­ners and dishes. “Lob­ster Ther­mi­dor, lob­ster boils, lob­ster Mac n’ cheese, lob­ster frit­tata, lob­ster chow­der, lob­ster burg­ers, lob­ster lin­guini … how many ways can you serve lob­ster?” asks Donna Hatt, pres­i­dent of the SSTC and Mar­ket­ing/Prod­uct De­vel­op­ment Man­ager at White Point Beach Re­sort where a 21-foot lob­ster will be tak­ing flight for the Lob­ster Crawl and a mul­ti­tude of events will be held. From lob­ster fish­ing ex­cur­sions and feasts (Feb. 1 to 3), surf­ing lessons (Feb. 9 and 14) and the first an­nual 5km Fam­ily Lob­ster Crawl around the White Point Golf Course on Feb. 9 will also take place.

One of the mar­que events for the fes­ti­val Lob­ster Crawl is the Craft Beer Fes­ti­val be­ing held at the Lunen­burg County Life­style Cen­tre in Bridge­wa­ter on Feb. 9 from 7 to 11:30 p.m. More than 20 craft brew­eries/ cideries are ex­pected to be show­cased in­clud­ing lob­ster in­fused ver­sions. Food, games, ac­tiv­i­ties and live mu­sic round out the event, which will sup­port var­i­ous char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tions in the Bridge­wa­ter area. If any­one rep­re­sent­ing a char­ity or non­profit and is in­ter­ested in par­tic­i­pat­ing in this event, con­tact [email protected]

Nu­mer­ous other events are also on the fes­ti­val sched­ule, which is ex­pected to be fi­nal­ized around Jan. 11. For the lat­est up­dates on the Crawl, visit https://www.lob­ster­crawl.ca/ or the South Shore Lob­ster Crawl Face­book page and In­sta­gram.

The South Shore Tourism Co­op­er­a­tive Inc. is a non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion with about 200 mem­bers from Peggy’s Cove to Bar­ring­ton In De­cem­ber, the SSTC re­ceived $64,075 from ACOA’s In­no­va­tive Com­mu­ni­ties Fund to de­velop a three-year win­ter tourism plan to grow off-sea­son re­gional tourism ex­pe­ri­ences. The SSTC has also or­ga­nized and pro­moted the South Shore Christ­mas Crawl for the past two years as a way to build tourism in Novem­ber and De­cem­ber.

“The South Shore wel­comes guests year round, but many have not yet dis­cov­ered the many ex­pe­ri­ences avail­able dur­ing our favourite sea­son: lob­ster sea­son,” said Hatt in a press re­lease. “As part­ners, we work to­gether to build on the op­por­tu­ni­ties that will gen­er­ate pos­i­tive im­pacts on our busi­nesses and com­mu­ni­ties. Un­der­tak­ing this Win­ter Tourism Plan will help us at­tract more guests to the re­gion at times of the year when it has the great­est po­ten­tial, Novem­ber to May. It’s an ex­cit­ing time for the South Shore and Nova Sco­tia.”

KATHY JOHN­SON PHOTO

Lucy the Lob­ster, pic­tured with Donna Hatt, chair­woman of the South Shore Tourism Co-op­er­a­tive, did not see her shadow at the Cape Sable Is­land Cause­way in the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Bar­ring­ton on Ground­hog Day morn­ing last year. She’ll be back to make an­other pre­dic­tion this year.

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