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Get some (lobster) tail at the 2015 Lobster Rumble LA

This summer, there's a deep hunger rippling through California, a collective craving for something pillowy, buttery and a little mayonnaise-y, as you scroll through your Cape Cod-bound friends' Instagram feeds.

That delicious something is the New England-style lobster roll: juicy hunks of fresh lobster meat tossed with mayo and piled high on plush split-top rolls. And, luckily, there are 17 of these beauties waiting for you (and every lobster roll-craving West Coaster) at Tasting Table's Lobster Rumble LA.

Act quickly and buy your ticket today before they're all gobbled up. The shindig is happening on Thursday, August 13, from 7 to 10 p.m., at LA Center Studios (1201 W. Fifth St., T-110, Los Angeles).

Soak in the California sun at this alfresco event, then belly up to 17 different versions of the classic lobster roll and much more with general admission ($100 a person, plus tax). Balance all that savory with sweets from six local purveyors, like Drive Me Cookie's ice cream sandwiches; crunch from Food Should Taste Good chips; and unlimited refreshments in the form of seasonal cocktails, Stella Artois beer, wine and Coca-Cola Life.

Or treat yourself big time with a VIP ticket ($150 a person, plus tax), which includes all of the above, plus membership to the VIP lounge, flanked with a raw bar from Tipple & Brine; an extra hour of lobster rolling, thanks to a 6 p.m. start time; and luxurious VIP gift bag filled with treats.

All your tireless feasting is for the greater good, too—our longtime partner Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry®, to be exact. So eat, drink, tweet #LobsterRumble and repeat for a good cause, because you're also nominating this year's winner.

Will you be mayo smothered and smitten with local favorites The Hungry Cat and The Anchor? Or can out-of-town competitors, like Peacemaker Lobster & Crab from St. Louis or Acadia from Chicago, claw their way to the top?

It's all up to you. Get your ticket now and pack your bags for lobster roll paradise.