ELLSWORTH — Many people are lamenting the cancellation of the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce’s popular Chowderfest event during Autumn Gold. So, Brian Langley, owner of Union River Lobster Pot and one of the most popular Chowderfest chefs, is serving up an alternative. He will give lobster stew cooking demonstrations at the new Harborside Food Festival on Saturday, Sept. 24.
Current restaurant staffing levels have made it impossible for restaurants to participate in Chowderfest this year.
“The Ellsworth Chamber is replacing the event with a Harborside Food Festival that we hope to grow over the next few years,” said Chamber Director Gretchen Wilson. “We hope to highlight local foods and food related items sold by small companies and vendors.”
The Harborside Food Fest will also feature Langley’s cooking demo at the Harbor Park gazebo at 11 a.m. The chef and former Hancock County Technical Center culinary instructor will show how to use the right ingredients, including Maine lobster in his lobster stew.
“With the ‘red listing’ of Maine lobster last week by Seafood Watch out of California, resulting in stores and restaurants removing the product, supporting one of Maine’s iconic foods is on everyone’s mind!” according to the announcement of the event.
The festival will open at 9 a.m. Vendors include PEO Pie Ladies, MDI Girl Pasta, Boot Leg Jerky, Catherine Hill Winery, Sweetass Farms, Pemetic Oysters, HCTC culinary students, Coastal Artisan Cabinetry, Baked by Joy Filipino Desserts, FTC Designs, The Grand with popcorn and Willy Wonka bars, The Flowered Apron, Sugar and Crumbs bakery, and Acadia Carvers.
Local musician Ivey Menzetti will perform and there will be free boat rides provided by local captains on the Union River from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
The rain date is Sunday, Sept. 25.