Nibbles: Four upcoming events for food lovers

Let’s taco ‘bout it

If you love tacos, dancing and supporting a good cause, head to The Neighborhood House in Northeast Harbor on Saturday, Feb. 1, when Open Table MDI will host its “Let’s Taco ‘Bout Community” fundraiser. This is the third annual benefit dinner for the nonprofit dedicated to serving free weekly suppers on Mount Desert Island.

Community members are welcome to attend anytime 4:30-9 p.m. The menu includes vegetarian tacos with assorted toppings. Dessert and nonalcoholic beverages also will be served. Dinner will be accompanied by music from several local bands and musicians, including: Banned from Eden, Nikolai Fox and Friends, Johnnie Garcia, Peter Lindquist and The Phil Kell Jazz Quartet.

There also will be a silent auction. Over 90 local businesses and artisans have donated to the event.

The suggested donation at the door is $10 per person (children under the age of 8 are free). For more information, contact 610-2438 or [email protected]

Ice cream social

There’s never a wrong time of year for ice cream, especially when enjoyed by a crackling fire. An ice cream social with live music is set for Sunday, Feb. 9, from 3-4:30 p.m. in the Schooner Commons at the Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park in Winter Harbor. The event is part of the Acadia Winter Festival.

Local educator and musician Chuck Whitney will perform. Whitney has lived in Hancock County since 1978. When not birding, he can be found making Uilleann bagpipes and playing them in Irish music sessions.

For a full list of Acadia Winter Festival events, including workshops, walks, talks and children’s activities, visit

All about the beans

The Mount Desert Island Historical Society’s 9th annual bean supper is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 23, from 6-8 p.m. at MDI High School. The event will feature a presentation by Liam Riordan, professor of history at UMaine, on “Maine Statehood and the Bicentennial: The View from Mount Desert Island.” There will also be a meet and greet with the society’s new executive director, Raney Bench.

Local community bakers will present a variety of delicious beans accompanied by hot dogs, coleslaw, pickles, brown bread, cookies, and pies. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children. The supper is open to the public.

Grab a bowl

It’s a great time of year to warm up with a hearty bowl of soup. The Frenchman Bay Library is hosting its annual Souper Chili Fundraiser on Sunday, Jan. 26, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Sorrento-Sullivan Recreation Center. Enjoy a wide variety of soups, chili, salads, breads and desserts. Admission is by donation to benefit the Frenchman Bay Library.

The recreation center is located at 1776 U.S. Route 1, Sullivan.

For more information or to donate chili, soups, breads or desserts, call 422-2307.

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