Reservations open today at noon for Vinland chef David Levi’s dinner at Flanagan Farm on Monday, Sept. 29. These epic, five-course feasts — one per month starring a well-known Maine chef — feature local products, served in the barn at the farm, 668 Narragansett Trail, Buxton. The cost is $110 per person and includes a welcome drink, wine with each course and gratuity.
Local Flames and The Maine Brew Bus have partnered for a tour for Local Flames members on Thursday, July 24 starting at 4:30 p.m. Get on board the little green bus at Rising Tide Brewing Company, 103 Fox St. in Portland; the tour will head to Bissell Brothers and Maine Mead Works, returning to Rising Tide. Tastings at each location, of course, and snacks will be hand pies from Maine Pie Line. Tickets are $40, available at Eventbrite.com.
Just 20 lucky cigar smokers can feel like fat cats at Victoria Mansion’s Smoker event on Aug. 14. Last held in 2009, the evening features pre-embargo Partagas and La Corona Cuban cigars, donated by Gren Blackall, Madeira wines from Old Port Wine and Cigar, and light refreshments from Blue Elephant Catering. To reserve your place as one of the 20 guests: submit a sealed bid (minimum $55) by Aug. 4 to Sam Heck, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via mail to Victoria Mansion, 109 Danforth St. Portland, ME 04101. Winners will be notified by Aug. 7.
The fourth annual Portland Brew Festival returns to the Portland Company Complex at 58 Fore St. on Labor Day weekend, Aug. 29 and 30. This year’s festival will feature more than 40 brewers, 120-plus brew products, home brewing equipment, a Maine Brewers Guild fundraiser, and more. Organizers say a new system eliminates the need for drink tickets, offering more flexibility to attendees. New participants this year include Brewery Ommegang from Cooperstown, N.Y.; Branded Horn Brewery from Biddeford, Maine; and Bantam Cider from Somerville, Mass. There’s lots more info on the website and Facebook page. Tickets are $40 per session and are available at Eventbrite.