I don’t know about you, but I’m far from ready to think about the leaves turning colors, apples, sweaters and socks — all signs of fall. But while we’re still squeezing every last drop from summer in Maine, the calendar marches on.
Tickets for one of the fall’s biggest events — Harvest on the Harbor — have recently gone on sale on the event’s brand new website. But before you think “been there, done that,” the 7th annual food and drink festival has been revamped this year, leaving favorite events in place while adding some exciting new ones. Some events will be at Ocean Gateway, others will take place at the Portland Company Complex, and there’s a special kick-off dinner at Merrill Auditorium.
Here’s a preview of what’s happening from Oct. 22 – 25, 2014.
Harvest Dinner on the Stage: This new Wednesday night prelude to the weekend’s festivities is an exclusive dining experience featuring a locally sourced seven-course dinner, with each course prepared by a noteworthy chef and paired with beer, wine and spirits. Sommelier Erica Archer of Wine Wise will emcee the dinner ($150).
Maine Lobster Chef of the Year Competition: Presented by the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative, this crowd favorite will feature a refreshing, new and intimate format, as well as more chefs competing for the coveted title of Maine Lobster Chef of the Year ($75).
Triple B Barbeque: Brews. Booze. Blues.: Back by popular demand, this event elevates cookout cuisine to new heights ($65).
DownEast Insider Series: The Wine Experience offers VIP access to an intimate wine tasting led by sommelier Mark Ohlson, from MJ’s Wine Bar in Portland ($65). The Beer Experience gives a select group the chance to be the first to mingle and sip with Funky Bow Brewery of Lyman and fellow beer geeks ($55).
Grand Tasting on the Harbor: The festival’s signature event showcases the many talented chefs that have helped Maine earn international acclaim in the world of fine food and wine ($65).
A portion of the proceeds of Harvest on the Harbor will benefit culinary scholarships for up and coming chefs as well as the Good Shepherd Food Bank Summer Meal Service Program, a program servicing the food insecure and working to eliminate hunger in Maine.