BLUE HILL — The Foliage Food & Wine Festival starts today, Thursday, Oct. 13, and concludes Sunday at Mainescape Garden Center with “A Taste of the Peninsula.”
The Blue Hill Peninsula Chamber of Commerce organizes the weekend festival each year.
“It all started six years ago with four business people who thought it might be nice to expand the busy season beyond Columbus Day,” said Kurt Stoll, the chamber’s executive director. “The idea was to bring some folks into town after everybody else was gone.”
The event started with Taste of the Peninsula held at the town park, but that event kept growing, so it was moved last year to the Mainescape Garden Center.
“And it has proven extremely useful and a gorgeous place,” said Stoll of Mainescape.
A Taste of the Peninsula will feature 26 vendors offering samples of gourmet food, wine and beer as well as music and art. The Green Reggae Bank, George Lirakis, Jay & Bjorn Peterson and the GSA Jazz Combo will provide entertainment.
“We also made arrangements to have a farmers market in the parking lot,” at Mainescape, Stoll said.
A chowder cook-off will also occur at A Taste of the Peninsula. To participate, call Tracey Duffy at 374-1854.