While driving along the north shore in Nova Scotia you
might happen upon a sign advertising a community’s “lobster salad supper”
or “lobster dinner”. Suggestion:
follow the arrows and join in the feasting!
The friendly atmosphere, and great food is well worth the detour. Often church groups hold their dinners in church basements or
halls, and local service clubs and community organizations hold them in fire
halls and community centers. It is
a way for these various groups to raise money, have some fun and provide a great
dinner for their community and its visitors.
In the River John area there are a number of lobster
suppers held each year. The local
Fire Department holds two annually, and the United and Presbyterian Churches
also hold lobster suppers annually. On your next visit through River John be
sure to attend one of these great events!
The Salem United Church in River John has been
putting on lobster suppers since the 1970s.
This annual fundraiser is held in the summer and is always a success.
Women, men and children volunteer to help cook and serve the meal, which
starts at 11:00am and ends at 5:30pm. (Unless
it sells out, which it often does). As
many as 900 people have passed through the doors of Salem United to enjoy this
great meal. Five tables, seating 25
people, are set up in the church basement to accommodate the diners.
The meal that consists of potato salad, a pile of lobster
meat on the side, a roll, brown bread, a beverage and strawberry shortcake for
desert is sold for $12.00. The only
thing that has changed over the years is the price of the meal.
It has risen from $10.00 to $12.00 in order to make up for the increasing
price of lobster. Although $5, 000 dollars worth of lobster must be bought,
along with the potatoes for the salad and the rest of the ingredients, the
church still turns over a profit from this fundraiser each year.
Florence Craib of River John, who has been involved with
Salem United’s lobster suppers for a number of years, says that she enjoys
meeting people from away who have stopped by on their way through River John.
Although the volunteers are busy cooking, serving and cleaning up they
always have time for a quick chat with their customers.
Most of the people that attend the dinners are tourists from various
parts of Canada, cottagers from around the north shore and local senior
The River John Fire Hall also has been holding lobster suppers annually. Since 1985 the members of the fire hall have hosted a lobster supper in their hall each summer. Their winter lobster supper began in the early 1990s. The volunteer firefighters and members of the fire hall make all the preparations needed to organize the supper and their families and friends help them cook and serve it. The average attendance for the summer supper is between 600 and 650 and for their winter supper between 450 and 500. It is a combination of tourists, cottagers and locals who attend their suppers said fire chief David Brown.
The supper usually begins at 12:00pm and ends around 6:00pm, but often sells out before closing time. $12.00 for adult and $8.00 for children is the price per plate, which includes potato salad, coleslaw, lobster meat, a roll, brown bread, a beverage and strawberry shortcake for desert. They buy their lobster from Arisaig Fisheries Ltd. in Lismore, guaranteeing north shore lobster is served on every plate.
If you happen to be traveling through River John in July or
January look for a sign indicating one of the community’s lobster suppers.
It is a dinner you’ll never forget!
Also check online at http://www.riverjohn.com.
Also check online at http://www.riverjohn.com.
The Lobster Carnival began in 1934 when local businessmen
decided to create a day to honour and thank the local lobstermen. The lobstermen
were important to the town because they supported many local businesses.
In the beginning, “the Carnival of the Fisher Folk” was a daylong
event with games and entertainment, a celebration to mark the end of the lobster
season. Family and friends would gather to watch the fishermen march
through Pictou in the annual parade and then race their boats on the harbour
competing for “the fastest lobster boat” trophy.
Sixty-six years later the carnival is still a highlight of
the summer for fishermen and non-fishermen alike. Now a four-day event, the carnival usually falls on the first
weekend of July and is packed full of exciting events. Besides the lobster boat
races there are many other lobster events, including the king lobster contest,
the lobster hauling contest, a trap building demonstration and daily lobster
dinners. Other events to keep you entertained at the carnival are the various
buskers and musicians, talent shows, pipe bands, as well as the giant street
parade and a mid-way with games and rides.
Looking for a nice place to relax and enjoy some amazing
fresh Atlantic Seafood? Dine at one
of these great restaurants along Nova Scotia’s north shore. Whether you feel
like a bowl of lobster stew, a plate of lobster salad, a lobster roll or a
traditional boiled lobster, one of these restaurants is sure to have the meal
Looking for a nice place to relax and enjoy some amazing fresh Atlantic Seafood? Dine at one of these great restaurants along Nova Scotia’s north shore. Whether you feel like a bowl of lobster stew, a plate of lobster salad, a lobster roll or a traditional boiled lobster, one of these restaurants is sure to have the meal for you!
season in northern Nova Scotia is in May and June. If you want the freshest, best tasting lobster, as well as
the best price, make sure to buy lobster in season.
Tatamagouche: Balmoral Motel & Mill Dining Room
River John: Mammy’s Pizza, the Parsonage Tea Room, Yap’s Place
Pictou: Braeside Inn, Stonehouse Café, Fougere’s Restaurant, Saltwater Café
New Glasgow: Crofters Steak and Seafood, Heather Hotel
Anitgonish: Lochinvar Dining Room, Lobster Treat Seafood Restaurant
Pictou Lodge (just outside Pictou), Piper’s Landing (Lyon’s Brook)