Nibbles: Chinese food, spirits and lessons on fruit trees

Authentic Chinese food

Longevity noodles, Vietnamese herbed pho (rice noodle soup), Thai pineapple fried rice and Shanghai golden fried rice with crumbled bacon are on the menu of Gouldsboro chef Helen Chen’s cooking class “Helen Chen: Asian Noodles and Rice” from 3 to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 30, at the Dorcas Library Learning Center in Prospect Harbor.

The daughter of the late famed Boston area chef Joyce Chen, who is credited with introducing northern Asian cuisine to the United States starting in the 1950s, Helen Chen has authored three Asian cuisine cookbooks.

The class costs $35 per person. To sign up, call the library at 963-4027. To learn more about Chen, go


Take a sip

Maine brewers, vintners and distilleries will showcase their products starting at noon on Saturday, June 22, as part of the

“2019 Best of the North Fest” at the Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor. Ellsworth’s Airline Brewing Co., Orono’s Marsh Island Brewing and Etna’s Mossy Ledge Spirits are among the mix of producers. Food trucks will be on hand and live music provided by various cover bands playing the Eagles, Springsteen and grateful Dead.

For ticket prices, go to


Edible landscape

Renae Moran, a tree fruit specialist at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Highmoor Farm in Monmouth, will speak about “Selecting Fruit Trees for an Edible Landscape” at 4 p.m. Monday, June 24, at Garland Farm in Bar Harbor. Hosted by the Beatrix Farrand Society, the nonprofit that owns Garland Farm, Moran’s talk costs $20 for non-society members and $10 per member. Pre-registration is required at [email protected]


Pop in!

The Common Good Soup Kitchen is once again holding its popular popover service from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. daily (except Mondays). By donation, the breakfast includes popovers, oatmeal and fixings, juice and hot beverages.

The Sunday breakfast features live music. Common Good is located at 19 Clark Point Road, two doors down from the U.S. post office, in Southwest Harbor. For more info, call 266-2733 and visit

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