Nibbles: Get ready for Thanksgiving and enjoy the tastes of Maine

Taste of Maine

Barbecue sauce, Bloody Mary mix, pistachio jalapeño pesto, Angus beef, pepper jellies, sea vegetables, Needhams, mead, grains and custom-roasted coffee beans are among the great lineup of specialty food products featured at the 2019 Maine Harvest Festival Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 23-24, at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

The Maine Potato Board’s “Rustic Russet Potato Pancakes,” “Two-Crusted Pie Contest” and “Ultimate grilled Beef and Beer” are among the festival’s special events. Admission costs $8 per person. Children 12 and under go free. For more info, visit




Turkey talk

A turkey dinner, complete with all the trimmings and capped by homemade pies, is on the menu of St. Joseph Catholic Church’s major fundraiser from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at the St. Joseph Parish Hall.

Put on by the church’s Women’s Council, the dinner costs $10 per adult and $5 for children ages 6-12. The church is at the corner of Main and High streets in Ellsworth. For more info, call 667-2342.


A vegetarian Thanksgiving

Not everyone likes turkey and the proffered meat-free substitutes for the hallowed bird for Thanksgiving dinner are not always well conceived or appetizing. Here’s where Bar Harbor private chef and caterer Cas Dowden can lend a hand.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 20, Dowden will demonstrate how to prepare appetizing turkey alternatives for the upcoming holiday at the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center in Ellsworth (23 Commerce Park). The class is free.

Participants will be encouraged to actively help prepare healthy, festive main dishes, incorporating vegetable proteins. They also will receive recipes and cooking tips. To register, call 664-0339 or register online at


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