The Maine Lobster Festival is right around the corner!  Before you arrive, it’s important to know what to do when you sit down in the Food Tent to dig into your lobster dinner.  The delicious meat inside a Maine lobster can be difficult to reach, so here are step-by-step instructions that will help you eat your lobster this summer.  Be warned… eating lobster is messy business, but that’s all part of the fun!


Step 1.


Put on your very stylish lobster bib (water can squirt when you least expect it).






Step 2.


Twist off the claws and crack the knuckle and claw shells to get the meat out.






Step 3.


Separate the tail from the body by cracking upwards at the base of the tail and break of the tail flippers. Don’t fear the “green stuff.” It’s called tomalley; and many people, especially in New England, consider it a delicacy.


Step 4.


Insert a fork to push out the tail meat in one tasty piece.  Discard the black tail vein.



Step 5.


Split the body down the middle and extract meat from the legs. Suck on the leg openings like straws to get to the meat.





Step 6.