Many travelers think that summer is the best time to visit Maine. While this warm season definitely has its appealing features, there are also other reasons to plan a trip to Maine. Throughout the fall there are fun events that lure travelers back to Maine to eat, drink, and be merry. One of the best is Harvest on the Harbor, an annual food and wine festival in Portland, Maine
. Get to know local fishermen, food artisans, and farmers at the upcoming intimate Harvest on the Harbor Festival. In addition to food, there is also musical entertainment, cooking demonstrations, and culinary tours too.
The 2012 Festival
The 2012 Harvest on the Harbor festival is scheduled for October 25 through October 27
. Located on Ocean Gateway Pier in Portland, Maine, this festival is full of fun events for all sorts of foodies. One highlight is the Grand Tasting on the Harbor, an event where you will get the chance to nibble creations from a variety of local chefs. If you're interested in cooking, be sure to check out the chef and cooking demonstrations. If you want to bring home something new and interesting for your kitchen, check out the savory marketplace.
What to Expect
In addition to food and wine, Harvest on the Harbor is known for its entertainment and music as well. In between bites and sips, be sure to check out the bluegrass, jazz, country, and rock music performances
. For an idea of the type of music you can expect to hear, consult the official festival website to see the lineup from previous festivals. Another highlight for many visitors is the chance to meet local chefs
. A number of chefs are involved in this festival, including some of the best names in the Portland dining scene. Lists of participating chefs from past years are available on the festival website.
Harvest on the Harbor tickets are available online. To be the first to know when tickets are available, sign up to receive e-mail alerts on the festival website. Individual tickets range from $50 to $75. There was an All Access Pass available for $325 that includes entry to Top of the Crop: Maine's Best Farm to Table Restaurant
, Grand Tasting on the Harbor
, Cutting Edge: Culinary College Competition
, the Savory Samplings at the Marketplace
, Maine Lobster Chef of the Year Competitionand
, and BBQ, Brews & Blues
. Alternatively, tickets are available for each event (but the all access pass offers a significant discount over purchasing each separately).
One of the best parts about Harvest on the Harbor is the fact that festival events are spread throughout greater Portland. Food and wine fanatics can check the official festival schedule and pick out the events that appeal to them the most. Some examples of festival events include culinary themed tours, cooking demonstrations, discounts at local breweries, and more. For some events, attendees must be 21 years of age or older. The festival offers a great opportunity not only to eat well but to get to know Portland at the same time.
Planning Your Trip
Harvest on the Harbor lasts for three days, but why not make a vacation out of it? Choose a vacation rental on the water
and ease into a fall trip that could include brewery tours, bike excursions, or quiet evenings by a wood burning fireplace. A rental will allow you to participate in as much or as little of the festival events as you please. With your own kitchen, you can prepare meals utilizing what you learned at the festival.
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