BLUE HILL — One of the best parts of fall is fast approaching: The Blue Hill Peninsula’s 9th Annual Fall Festival, which starts Friday, Oct. 10, and ends Sunday, Oct. 19.
“These 10 days offer a wonderful opportunity to explore local agriculture, restaurants, arts and, of course, the fall foliage — and there’s something for everyone,” said Blue Hill Peninsula Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Johanna Barrett.
The chamber’s signature fundraiser, Taste of the Peninsula, will be held at Mainescape Garden Center on Sunday, Oct. 12, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Sixteen (and counting) local food, beer and wine purveyors will be sampling creations from their own kitchens and breweries.
Participants include Strong Brewing of Sedgwick with award-winning craft brews, and DeepWater Brewing, Maine’s only solar-powered brewery, also will offer its signature brews.
The Blue Hill Wine Shop and Black Dinah Chocolatiers will showcase fall specialties.
Participants can enter the annual chowder contest.
Children will have their own activities organized by The Bay School.
A music tent will serve up the ever-popular GSA Jazz Combo from 11 a.m. until 12:30.
Isle of Jazz will return this year, from 1 until 3 p.m.
On Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 11 and 12, the Peninsula Potters will host their 12th annual studio tour and sale from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day.
Mark Bell of Mark Bell Pottery will host a kiln opening at 10 a.m on Saturday, Oct. 11.
Homewood Farm’s corn maze will be open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with the pumpkin patch open for picking.
The week of Fall Festival also marks the transition from the summer farmers market to the winter market.
On Saturday, Oct. 11, the last summer market will be held at the Blue Hill Fairgrounds from 9 to 11:30 a.m.
The following Saturday, Oct. 18, the Local Food Exchange begins at Mainescape, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. The Local Food Exchange runs every Saturday until Memorial Day.
Blue Hill’s Halcyon Grange will be hosting its annual supper, auction and pig roast on Saturday, Oct. 18, at 5 p.m.