BLUE HILL — The Foliage, Food & Wine Festival celebration spans two weekends and encourages Blue Hill Peninsula businesses to celebrate the change of seasons.
A number of special dinners and menus are being presented by such fine dining destinations as the Blue Hill Inn, El El Frijoles and the Brooklin Inn. The Wave Walker B&B is having a meal on Oct. 10 and The Ackley Farm is presenting “From Farm to Table” with Kyra Alex on Oct. 14.
The featured event, “A Taste of the Peninsula,” will be hosted by Mainescape Gardens on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
There will be samples from a number of restaurants and chefs, including 66 Steak and Seafood, Little Island Oysters, Bianco sausages, Lucy’s Granola, 44 North Coffee, Wicked Wines and crafted beer from Deep Water Brewing.
This year’s chowder contest has expert judges led by Maine’s famous swordfishing captain, Linda Greenlaw, and well-known chef Jonathan Chase.
Dessert selections include Black Dinah chocolates.
The George Stevens Academy Jazz Combo, the Eric Green Band and The Isle of Jazz will provide music.
Admission is $10 for adults. Children 12 and under are free. The Bay School will provide activities for children.
After the “A Taste of The Peninsula” head over to Tradewinds Marketplace at 3 p.m. to meet The American’s food and wine columnists Stephen Fay, who writes the “Cheers” column, Cheryl Wixson and Barbara Damrosch.
Damrosch will be answering questions about gardening and will have signed copies of her books, “The Garden Primer” and “Theme Gardens,” and her husband Eliot Coleman’s books “Four-Season Harvest,” “The New Organic Grower” and “The Winter Harvest Handbook.”
Damrosch also will have a Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association book: “Fertile Ground: Celebrating 40 Years of MOFGA.” Damrosch is president of the MOFGA board.
American columnist Fay will be signing copies of his latest book of columns, “The Best of Cheers.”
Wixson, owner of Cheryl Wixson’s Kitchen, will be preparing a dish.
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