Hungry locals get shellfish at Lobster Fest
“One of these things is not like the other; one of these things just doesn’t belong” could have been the unwritten theme song of the Carbondale Music and Lobster Fest Saturday. That’s because landlocked locals, surrounded by the peaks of the Rocky Mountains, had the chance to sink their teeth into fresh steamed lobster from the shores of Maine.”It’s like having a buffalo burger in the Caribbean,” Molly Hansaker said. “To have lobster in the Rocky Mountains is kind of an anomaly, but a real treat,” she said.Bringing her husband and two sons out to enjoy the rarity of Colorado, Hansaker said her native New England husband could easily judge the authenticity of the lobsters.”Just wait till the two of us sit down with one,” Hansaker’s husband, Rod, said. “We’ll just know.” With lobsters flown in from Maine just 24 hours before the event, chef Jeff Brodsky, of Denver’s Great Maine Lobsterbake Co., said, “The only way to get a fresher lobster is to fly to Maine.”Luckily locals didn’t have to fork out money for airfare. Instead, for $24 locals could put on their bibs and enjoy a lobster dinner, complete with corn on the cob, rolls, music and beer and wine.So many people heard about the event that people without tickets had to be turned away, Brodsky said. For locals Mike Inghram and Louise Lafitte, the taste of tender lobster meat might have been lost had it not been for a couple of no-shows lobster scalping.”We just hung out, looking hungry and pitiful,” Lafitte said. “I look at it as tenacity and determination,” she said of her patient wait for last-minute tickets. Having lived in Vermont, Inghram said he knew waiting for the East coast lobsters would be worth the wait.”The most tender stuff is in the claws,” Inghram said. “Most people would throw them away just because they wouldn’t think there’s meat in there,” he said. After cracking the last of her lobster, Lafitte said she wouldn’t succumb to procrastination for next year’s fest.”We’ll be the first in line next year,” Lafitte said. “We won’t wait.”Music and Lobster Fest coordinator Chris Woods said making the fest an annual event definitely crossed his mind.”I think there’ll be a lot of disappointed people if we don’t bring it back,” Woods said.
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Grace Wesseling is an animal lover, a cheerleader of seven years and another soon-to-be graduate of Bridges High School, class of 2021.