The Frenchboro Lobster Dinner is always scheduled for the second Saturday in August. On this day, hundreds of visitors are ferried to the beautiful island of Frenchboro via a boat from Bass Harbor. Once on the island, they are able to enjoy a delicious lobster dinner, homemade pies, live music and more. This summer the Frenchboro Lobster Fest will take place on August 12th. While the exact timing of events is still being established, the below details outline how day is likely to unfold given the schedule of previous years.
The Frenchboro Lobster Dinner Schedule 2017
While the 2017 Frenchboro Lobster Dinner schedule is still being established, the day usually kicks off around 9:30am when the first guests arrive from the mainland. While some visitors come by private boat, many take the Maine State Ferry service. On the day of the Frenchboro Lobster Dinner, the ferry service usually makes a special Lobster Festival run, leaving Bass Harbor Ferry Terminal at 9am (Ferry tickets can be purchased on the day at the ferry terminal and in past years have cost $10 for a round trip).
The Frenchboro Museum, gift shop and food stands (selling coffee, muffins and other baked goods) are the first to open, followed by the selling of raffle tickets, a silent art auction and a library book sale.
In previous years, the road race (almost a 5K) has kicked off at 10:30am with live music starting shortly thereafter.
The lobster dinner service usually begins around 11am and runs until the early afternoon. In previous years, the lobster dinner has included a freshly steamed new shell lobster, cole slaw, a roll, a drink and a slice of homemade pie. The price of the dinner can change from year to year, based on the market price of Maine lobster. In 2016, the cost of the lobster dinner was $20 (given the 2017 Maine lobster prices, the lobster dinner price may be higher this year).
Visitors can walk off the delicious lobster dinner by exploring the quaint village or enjoying the miles of trails along the scenic shoreline, with views of Acadia in the distance.
In previous years, the ferry back to Bass Harbor has left dock at 3:30pm.
To read about other Maine lobster festivals and Maine seafood festivals, click here.