Nibbles: Oktoberfest, soup and fungi

Hop over to Oktoberfest

Proud of your home brew refined over many years? You and other home brewers will get a chance to compete at Acadia’s Oktoberfest on Saturday, Oct. 6, from noon to 5 p.m. at Smuggler’s Den Campground in Southwest Harbor. The cost per entrant is $50 including two festival passes. Each entry’s two 12-ounce bottles of beer will be tasted and scored by three different judges. Second and third prizes are gift baskets from Central Street Farmhouse in Bangor.

Cornhole, stein-hoisting and beerless pong and torpedo keg toss tournaments are other festival highlights. Banned from Eden and Jones’n the Eclectic Dance Band will provide live music. For a full listing of events and microbreweries represented, visit


Made for dunking

Chicken pot pie stew with pie crust dippers, broccoli Cheddar soup with black pepper biscuits… Sound yummy? Those are among the hearty soups and accompanying bread creations on the menu of pastry chef JoAnne Wood’s class from 6 to 8:30 p.m. 6:00p-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at Hancock County Technical Center.

Offered through Ellsworth Adult Education, the class costs $34 per person. Born in England, and raised in California, Wood is a California Culinary Academy graduate. Since moving to Maine in 2000, Wood has worked as a professional pastry chef and owned a dessert catering company.

To sign up, call 664-7110, email [email protected] and visit


Foraging for fungi

Know how to tell boletes from puffballs? Those are among the edible mushrooms in the fungi family the world over. Learn telltale signs of the poisonous ones from 1 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 20, at Island Heritage Trust’s Shore Acres Preserve. Expert David Porter will lead a walk. Participation is free, but pre-registration required. To register, call 348-2455 and visit

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