Atlanta Lobster Festival makes its debut at Candler Park Sunday, Nov. 2

Twenty-five local restaurants prepare unique lobster dishes
Lobster mac 'n' cheese from the Big Ketch
Lobster mac ‘n’ cheese from the Big Ketch

If you’re allergic to crustaceans, you can stop reading now. This Sunday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Candler Park, lobster risotto, lobster bahn mi, lobster and bacon mac ‘n cheese, lobster and corn chowder—it’s all coming to the inaugural Atlanta Lobster Festival. The festival will feature unique lobster dishes prepared by chefs from more than twenty-five local restaurants. Participants include wine bar Vine & Tap, MakanSaltyard, and Cypress Street Pint & Plate, in addition to Atlanta Fish Market, Steamhouse Lounge, and Shucks Oyster & Wine Bar.

Not into lobster? Atlanta food trucks will be onsite, serving their regular menus. Red Brick Brewery beer, plus wine, and Cathead vodka cocktails will also be available. Local musicians Ruby Velle and the Soulphonics and the Donna Hopkins Band will play, and the Atlanta Sport & Social Club will set up games like corn hole and bubble soccer.

The festival founder, who asked not to be mentioned by name (lobster being such a controversial topic and all), planned the event in November—as opposed to the summer months—solely based on calendar availability. “There’s no such thing as lobster season for the vast majority of Americans,” he says.

Festival tickets cost $25 and include ten taste coupons, which can be exchanged for food and drink. VIP tickets cost $85 and include ten taste coupons, as well as access to complimentary beverages and additional, exclusive food tastings. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.