Pirate’s Treasure

The first lobster dish of the season has been consumed; now, on to LobsterFest!

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I mean, seriously, what does this picture have to do with the Lobster Festival 2016? Nothing! And yet, this photo was taken today on Middle Street, barely three days after the opening of lobster season and the launch of Lobster Fest. Coincidence? You be the judge.
I mean, seriously, what does this picture have to do with Lobster Festival 2016? Nothing! And yet, this photo was taken today on Middle Street, barely three days after the opening of lobster season and the launch of Lobster Fest. Coincidence? You be the judge.

Lobster season. It’s on.

We had our first taste of the new season on Thursday at Estel’s Dine by the Sea, lobster omelettes all around. Man, they were good.

Next up has got to be the original island lobster sliders at Casa Picasso, my all-time island favorite lobster delivery system. Must have something to do with those little buns slathered in butter.

I’m surprised that lobsters have not evolved to include gobs of butter under the exoskeleton. You know, the way the Butterball turkey has evolved to naturally include lots of butter under the skin. Or the way watermelons can be grown to include vodka infused inside the “meat.” Read the rest of this entry »

Belizean gratitude: Great googly lobsta!

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The Pannerifix Steel Band from our Lady of Guadelupe Music Program in Belmopan set the tone -- beautifully for the LobsterFest block party 2014 last night in Central Park. These kids just make you happy to be there.
The Pannerifix Steel Band from our Lady of Guadalupe Music Program in Belmopan set the tone — beautifully for the LobsterFest block party 2014 last night in Central Park. These kids just make you happy to be there.

Now that LobsterFest 2014 is in the books, isn’t it time we start planning for a few new festivals?

I’m thinking ConchFest, RainFest, CrocFest and MosquitoFest would be good starts.

Truth be told, there is a second, overlapping festival already under way, Dia de San Pedro. It started Friday at San Pedro Roman Catholic Church and includes a number of cultural events including an art and photo exhibit at the House of Culture, a lecture on the Caste War (Wednesday), ethnic dances and history skits (Saturday), as well as a boat procession and fishing rodeo next Sunday.

And of course much music, dancing and fireworks at the town’s football field on Friday and Saturday. Every celebration is an opportunity to showcase our dancing and singing children, our musicians, our favorite DJ’s.

Here is a story on Dia de San Pedro 2013 from last year in the San Pedro Sun.

But maybe I’m getting ahead of myself. Read the rest of this entry »