Sunday, September 6, 2009

Maine Fall Harvest Season Food and Wine Events

(Photo: A bounty of pumpkins. Credit: Maine Office of Tourism)

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We recently received word from our friends at the Maine Office of Tourism that several local Fall food events -- and a wine event in Portland -- will be celebrating the bounty of the season.

The scenic mid-Maine coastal town of Camden will be hosting the 4th Annual Maine Fare culinary celebration, Sept. 11-13. This tasty food event starts with the Grand Tasting on Camden Harbor with Maine chefs, wine makers, distillers and brewers, and continues with cooking classes, demonstrations, guided tastings, and a marketplace of artisan and organic foods, and hand crafted beverages.

The 21st Annual AppleFest will celebrate and pay tribute to Monmouth's historic apple orchards on Sept. 26. Cider pressing, apple arts and crafts, children's games, pies and pastries, and historic artifacts associated with apple harvesting and processing will take place on the grounds of the Monmouth Museum.

VinFest at Cellardoor Winery in Lincolnville is Maine's largest grape harvest celebration. This year's event will take place Oct. 2-3, with highlights including an outdoor wine dinner and dance on Friday, grape stomping, a hot air balloon ride over the vineyard, a wine cellar tour, live music, and a chance to enter the homemade wine competition on Saturday.

The 4th Annual Foliage, Food & Wine Festival on Oct. 15-18, will feature "The best of the Blue Hill Peninsula." Fun things to do will include wine dinners or a wine and cheese tasting, the Blue Hill Farmers Market, or sampling the creations of more than 40 food and beverage vendors at a giant tasting event.

The Colonial feel to the 25th Annual Harvestfestt in York and York Beach on Oct. 16-18 will include a kick-off parade, pumpkin carving, a craft fair, children's activities, an ox roast and bean hole baked beans, live music and fireworks.

Downtown Waterville will showcase the city's 7th Annual Harvest Fest on Oct. 18 with scarecrow building, pumpkin bowling, candy apple making and a chili cook-off.

The 2nd Annual Harvest on the Harbor will make its way into Portland on Oct. 22-24. Reserve a spot at the Grand Tasting on the Harbor with Maine chefs and dozens of wine, beer and spirit makers; learn at cooking demonstrations, order from a special harvest menu at local restaurants, and indulge at a food and wine marketplace.

Great Maine Apple Day on Oct. 24 will have some great apple-related events like Unity with cider pressing, orchard tending skills workshops and talks, as well as an orchard tour, and the opportunity to purchase apples, pies and cider.

For more information about Maine fall harvest festivities, log on to www.visitmaine.com.


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