SOE’s first ever ‘Lobsterfest’ deemed an overwhelming success

By Joel Charron

The Shores of Erie (SOE) International Wine Festival committee’s first stint at Lobsterfest was a successful one.

Roughly 200 people attended the SOE spring event, held in the lobby of the UCCU Complex, Saturday night and the results far exceeded what SOE had hoped for

“I think it’s much more than we imagined. The turnout is fantastic,” said festival director Kelly O’Rourke. “The turnout is fantastic.”

O’Rourke said they sold 200 tickets, which is more than they thought would sell for the first time event.

Kelly O’Rourke and Karen Gyorgy stand amongst the lobsters before dinner is served. Both O’Rourke and Gyorgy were thrilled with the Lobsterfest turnout.

“This is much more than we expected,” agreed committee chair Karen Gyorgy. “The community is supporting us again.”

According to O’Rourke approximately 200 lobsters and 80 servings of prime rib were served. Gyorgy added that Lobsterfest was a success in large part due to its sponsors. Sobeys and Zehrs were two of the biggest

O’Rourke and Gyorgy raved about the UCCU Complex as a venue, stating that it was “just as nice if not better than going to a hall.” Organizers are already talking about hosting Lobsterfest next year and thinking of ways to improve upon the event.

“We’re already looking at where we could put more tables and so we want to move to the soccer field,” said O’Rourke.  “We really hope this becomes and annual event.”

The Shores of Erie International Wine Festival had looked at holding an event at the UCCU Complex as soon as the building opened. Committee members were impressed with the building dating back to its grand opening in January 2011.

O’Rourke added that Lobsterfest was a “new thing” for the community and was another way SOE use get their names out as well as promote the local wineries.

“We just want everyone to have a great time,” said Gyorgy. “They will tell their friends and next year hopefully we will double our numbers.”

The 2012 Shores of Erie International Festival is set for Sept. 6-9 at Fort Malden National Historic Site.

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