Maine Lobster Festival Seeks Contestants for Seafood Cooking Contest

by | Jun 27, 2022

2018 Seafood Cooking Contest winner Eric Frate works on his dish.
2018 Seafood Cooking Contest winner Eric Frate works on his dish.

The Maine Lobster Festival is looking for amateur chefs to compete in its annual Seafood Cooking Contest, Friday, August 5, 2022.

Amateur chefs as young as 18 years old are invited to apply for a chance to compete for $525 in prize money. First place will receive $200, second place will receive $175, and third place will receive $150. Recipes can be any dish they choose but must contain seafood found in Maine waters. Judges will select the winner based on creativity, how prominently seafood is featured in the recipe, and the simplicity of the dish. Applications are due by July 15, 2022. Five contestants will be chosen. Visit the website to submit your application at

The Seafood Cooking Contest will be held in the North Entertainment Tent on the Festival grounds, Friday, August 5 at 9:00 a.m. and judging will begin at 11:30 a.m. Winners and prizes will be announced and awarded at 12:30 p.m. The audience will have the opportunity to sample the prepared recipes in the cooking area and pick up the contestants’ recipes after the awards are presented. The event will be covered by several print and broadcast media channels both nationally and internationally.

About the Maine Lobster Festival

Five days of fun and feasting on the fabulous coast of Maine, the Maine Lobster Festival attracts thousands of people to the Midcoast region and has a long tradition of giving back to the local community. The 2022 Festival will be held Aug. 3-7 and will feature new and exciting events in celebration of its 75th anniversary. For more information about the Maine Lobster Festival, visit the website at, “like” it on Facebook, follow it on Twitter at @MELobsterFest, and on Instagram at @mainelobsterfest.