ST. PETER’S: The Seaside Lobsterfest is now one of 17 selected festivals to be featured in Destination Cape Breton’s new marketing campaign, “17 in ‘17.”

“We are so excited that after our first year, the Seaside Lobsterfest has been selected as a Signature Event for Cape Breton Island,” said Sherry MacLeod, chair of the St. Peter’s Economic Development Organization (SPEDO) Tourism Committee.

“What a way to start year two.”

Seaside Lobsterfest will take place from July 9-16 and feature exciting events for the whole family. The week-long festival showcases seafood, music, song and dance, while focusing on our culture and heritage.

This year will feature lobster dinners, homemade seafood dishes and chowders with fresh ingredients sourced from the sea. The festive atmosphere is created by lively musical experiences, kiddie’s day activities, beach parties, bonfires, Master Chef-style cook-offs, and a fireworks display on the shoreline.

Learning experiences will include Lobsters R Us tours, lobster fishing with Captain Scott in St. Peter’s Bay, and mackerel fishing at St. Peter’s Canal National Historic Site.

The village and surrounding area is decorating with traps, nets, fishermen, mermaids and all things nautical. There will be some amazing photo opportunities for the social media crowd, said MacLeod.

“Congratulations to Seaside Lobsterfest Committee and the Tall Ships Regatta committee, volunteers, sponsors and local residents and businesses for all their support,” said Clair Rankin, Chair of SPEDO.

“We have great plans for St. Peter’s with our proposed Canal Landing Project that will bring our communities alive with new infrastructure, job creation and collaboration between Potlotek First Nations and the Acadian Culture of Isle Madame.”

The Seaside Lobsterfest is a collaboration between St. Peter’s, Potlotek First Nations, L’Ardoise, River Bourgeois, and Rockdale, with events being held in the various communities.

The Tall Ship Regatta was also selected as a Signature Event and will feature ship tours, pirates, a First Nations ceremony, music, dancing, and great local food.