How often is there a local lobster bake in Iowa?! Well, once a year if you go to Polk City! The Polk City Lobsterfest is held annually and it’s such a cool event! This year (2014), the event will take place on August 23rd.
We went for the first time last year and I’m so glad we did! It was about a 35 minute drive for us to Polk City from Des Moines which wasn’t bad. We pre-purchased our tickets for $25 at the Ankeny Hy-vee so we’d be ready for action when we arrived. We got there right around 4 and the event was from 4 to 8 with live music afterward. There was no wait and we were eating our lobster within minutes of arriving.
The lobsters looked to be about 1 1/4 lbs. And while they weren’t quite as fresh as live Maine lobsters, they were still pretty tasty as they were flash-frozen and then cooked on-site.
The meal was completed by Iowa Sweet Corn (how often do those New Englanders get to enjoy their lobster with the best corn on Earth?!), baked potato and a fresh roll.
There were a la carte options like hamburgers, chips, corn on the cob, etc. for purchase for non-lobster lovers as well as beer and a few other drink choices.
They had a huge tent set up to eat under and did a great job with the lobster-themed decor. We will definitely be back for this fund-raising event next year.