If you have never experienced a traditional New England Clambake you are missing out on one of the ultimate summer experiences. New England Clambakes take some of the favorite foods the region is famous for and combines them into one yummy feast. You may be wondering how such a feast came to be and the answer is quite interesting.
When the settlers arrived they witnessed the Native Americans cooking seafood over seaweed and hot stones and interpreted the method to what we know today as the traditional New England Clambake. Throughout the years the New England Clambake has proven to be a joyous tradition used for various celebrations along the New England coastline.
The typical clambake consists of vegetables such as corn and potatoes which on occasion will be joined by sausage and of course it wouldn’t be complete without the clams and lobsters. What is ironic about this New England tradition is that lobster, a modern-day delicacy, was once considered a mark of poverty and served to indentured servants and lower society who went as far as protesting having to eat it as many as 3 times a week. It was not until the mid 19th century when a change in the transportation industry allowed lobster to be shipped from the ports to urban centers that it became a luxury food: which brings us to what we know of lobster as today and consider a staple summer food in New England.
Whether you prepare your clambake on the beach or in a pot, American Cruise Lines highly recommends this scrumptious feast. In fact they love it so much that Clambake themed cruises have been planned for both their Maine Coast and New England Islands cruises. American Cruise Lines hopes you’ll join them for a fun-filled and mouthwatering experience.