Maine’s second annual Harvest on the Harbor food and wine festival will be held October 22 to October 24 on the water at Greater Portland’s Ocean Gateway.
On Thursday, October 22, The Grand Tasting will feature nearly 100 different wines, beers and spirits complementing 20 award winning chefs’ signature canapes.
On Friday, October 23, lobster lovers and those curious about the crustacean cuisine can experience the elaborate flavors created by Maine chefs at the Maine Lobster Promotional Council’s “People’s Choice Awards.” A distinguished panel of judges will select three of the top recipes entered into the contest, and then attendees of the competition get the opportunity to taste all three lobster dishes and vote on their favorite.
Saturday, October 24, will see the massive Food & Wine Marketplace with more than one hundred wineries, breweries and distilleries, food artisans and epicurean purveyors on hand. New to the marketplace this year is The “Man Cave” ― not just for men. The Man Cave will offer a dwelling where men and women can sample some of Maine’s best brewed beers and great grilled food.
Also on Saturday, food and wine meets fashionista MADgirl at this year’s event with “Harvest Haute Fashion”. MADgirl, aka Meredith Alex, is a local, but nationally acclaimed, fashion designer who creates larger than life dress sculptures with unusual yet appropriate materials. The art installation of dresses will be 10 to 12 feet tall and worn by live models. The dress sculptures will be adorned with Harvest on the Harbor motifs such as ruffles of mussels, lobster and oyster shells, trimmed with dried apple peels, a hat of wine corks and grapes.
Saturday ends with a Surf & Turf Soiree, a sustainable culinary sampling from Maine fishermen and farmers.
For more information on the festival, visit www.HarvestontheHarbor.com.