Tuna Harbor Dockside Market will host the Second Annual Lobster-fest October 10, 2021 from 8–1pm (or until sold out). The season for California's Spiny Lobster opens for commercial fishermen October 6.
The first Lobster-fest in 2020 saw 1492 pounds of California Spiny Lobster sold by 10 local fishermen in under three hours. Close to 900 San Diegans attended and 150 meals were sold.
This year, up to 10 local fishermen will have spiny lobster to sell fresh on the pier from 8am–1pm (or until sold out—so get there early). Craft Meals from Chef Phil Esteban will be selling lobster dishes on the dock during the event. You may recognize this prolific and passionate culinary entrepreneur as the Jarring Jars episode winner on Chopped from the Food Network, but he heads up local projects such as Fish to Families, Weapon Ramen, White Rice, and Craft Meals Catering. Quite frankly, he's one of the most underrated chefs in San Diego and a master at preparing local seafood.
Spiny lobsters differ from their cousins on the East Coast, most obviously because of their lack of claws, but they are well-known for having sweeter meat. The tail meat is the big attract and they're perfect for steaming or try grilling them either split or whole.