Thousands to Enjoy Live Lobster Feast Hosted on Halloween by UMass Amherst Dining Services

October 26, 2006

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AMHERST, Mass. – Dining Services at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will hold its fifth annual Halloween “Tricks, Treats ’n’ More” dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 31. All dining halls on campus will participate in treating 12,500 students to live lobster, clam chowder, strip steak and locally grown vegetables.

Dining Services director Ken Toong expects to serve 9,500 pounds of lobster, which classifies UMass Amherst as serving more lobster at one sitting than any other college on the East Coast, based on information from the Maine Lobstermen’s Association.

During their meal, students can participate in pumpkin painting and costume contests. There will also be magicians and fortune tellers to entertain students and guests.

“Last year, the event was so popular that we almost ran out of lobster,” said Toong. “This time, we will have extra stations set up to reduce lines. This should be a timely break from mid-term studies.”

Videographers and photographers should contact Toong directly at 413/545-2472 to cover the event.

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