Maine Lobster Festival Seafood Cooking Contest

Courtesy of: Maine Lobster Festival 2018 Seafood Cooking Contest winners.

The Maine Lobster Festival is hosting the Seafood Cooking Contest at 9 a.m. on Friday, August 2, 2019. The contest will be held in the North Entertainment Tent on the festival grounds, and judging will begin at 11:30 a.m. Winners and prizes will be announced and awarded at 12:30 p.m.

Applications for the contest close on July 15, and the five contestants will be notified July 17. Visit the website to submit your application at Thank you to the lead sponsor, Fiore Artisan Olive Oils and Vinegar.

Amateur chefs as young as 18 years old will compete for $525 in prize money. The first-place winner will receive $200, second place will receive $175, and third place will receive $150. The contestants travel from all over the world to share their best seafood recipes. The recipes can be any dish they choose but must contain seafood found in Maine waters. Judges will select the winner based on creativity, how prominently seafood is featured in the recipe, and the simplicity of the dish.

The contest audience will have the opportunity to sample the prepared recipes in the cooking area and pick up the contestants’ recipes after the awards are presented. The event will be covered by several print and broadcast media channels both nationally and internationally.

About the Maine Lobster Festival

The Maine Lobster Festival is one of Maine's premier summer events. The nationally recognized event consists of five days of fun and feasting on the fabulous coast of Maine, attracting thousands of people to the Midcoast region. After serving the thousands of lobster lovers who descend upon Rockland, Maine, for the festival each year, the board of directors donates proceeds to groups, charities, and organizations throughout the Rockland area.

This year’s festival will be held July 31 - August 4.

For additional contest details, contact Celia Knight by e-mail at or call 207-542-1192. For more information about the Maine Lobster Festival, visit the website at and “like” it on Facebook, or follow it on Twitter at @MELobsterFest.

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