New format for Rotary Club of Estevan's lobsterfest, but the food will still be great

The Rotary Club of Estevan has found a way to have its biggest fundraiser of the year.

The service group will have a Lobsterfest on Oct. 3. But instead of having upwards of 800 people fill Affinity Place to enjoy a fresh, whole, Atlantic lobster and a steak, like they do every June, the club will have supporters pick up their lobster via a drive-thru.

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Dr. Amanda Olsen, who is the club’s president this year, said tickets sales have blown their expectations away. They thought they would sell 400 tickets, but they have already sold 800.

“We don’t really have a set maximum. We can take orders up to the week before,” said Olsen.

Tickets are $30 each, and the deadline to purchase a ticket is Sept. 26. The tickets are good for a pre-cooked, chilled, 1 1/2-pound lobster, delivered from the East Coast the day before.

“It is just chilled," said Olsen. “I’ve been told by a few people from the east coast that’s actually how they’re eating them is chilled. But we will have instructions on a couple of ways to heat them up.”

Lobster pickup occurs Oct. 3 from 1-3 p.m. in front of the Power Dodge Curling Centre. People who don’t have access to a vehicle can make other arrangements to pick up their lobster.

Olsen said the club missed not being able to host their lobsterfest this year, and they were discussing whether to have a fundraiser this fall, since they also couldn’t have their annual Golf Ball Drop fundraiser with the Weyburn Rotarians.

“A Rotary Club in Manitoba held a very successful Lobsterfest drive-thru, and it sparked our ideas, and it got us really excited about being able to do something fun for the community while still raising the funds for the Rotary Club.”

People say they’re going to have their own versions of lobsterfest at home, so they’re going to purchase steak and more.

“One of the best things I’ve found was that we actually had a lady from the east coast give us a call. It’s the first time in 15 years she hasn’t been able to go home, and so she’s exited to have this piece of home come to her.”

Proceeds will be directed to Rotary’s projects in the community. Tickets can be purchase from any Rotarian, by sending a message on Facebook or by emailing rotary.estevan@gmail.com. 

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