You don't have to leave the prairies to take part in the Maritimes culture and food. That's because the 13th annual Lobster Fest, hosted by the Moose Jaw's Businessmen's Club, is happening Sept. 19 at the Exhibition Grounds.
No lobster will be spared at this 13th annual event that gets the community mingling with local businesses.
"This event has become a great place where you can socialize with your friends, businesses and coworkers. Have a few drinks, eat a great lobster, and then there's dancing afterwards," said Darryl Pisio, president of the Businessmen's Club. "It's a unique and different event. It's one big party."
Lobster Fest is the club's kick-off for their fall and winter fundraising season. Last year, through the same event, they were able to raise $50,000, all of which went back into the community.
"We're always wanting to raise the bar," said Pisio. "It's really all about putting on a good, fun event for everyone, and then raising money that will go towards the community."
Lobster Fest is one of their biggest fundraisers of the year, allowing the club to donate money to community projects like the Moose Jaw Health Foundation's (MJHF) Capital Campaign, and the YMCA's Strong Kids Campaign.
Last week, the Businessmen's Club pledged $100,000 to the MJHF; with money coming from last year's fine dining lobster experience.
"Our Lobster Fest night is our big fundraiser that allows us to contribute," said Pisio.
This year the Kinsmen Club will provide shuttling for those wanting to leave their vehicles at the Exhibition Grounds. And who knows, maybe one lucky attendee will actually have the chance to go to the actual Maritimes.
Every ticket purchased will be used in a draw. The person who's ticket is picked will win a $2,000 travel voucher.
There are 500 tickets available, but according to Pisio they go fast. Last year's Lobster Fest was sold out.
Tickets are $125 and can be purchased through any Businessmen's Club member or by contacting Pisio at (306) 691-1402.