For many Maine-based producers and restaurateurs, the month of October has been associated with Maine’s largest food festival, Harvest on the Harbor since 2007. Aiming to create a chance for attendees to meet many of the hardworking folks who have helped gain national acclaim for the Portland dining scene, Harvest on the Harbor — locally owned and produced by S&G LLC partners Stefanie Manning and Gillian and Jim Britt of gBritt PR — brings five days worth of foodie-centric events to the waterfront. Ticket prices aren’t exactly what we would call affordable, but you can feel good about the fact that a portion of sales will be donated to the Aquaculture Association, Maine Farmland Trust and the Southern Maine Community College Culinary Program — all local nonprofits. 

Here’s a quick overview of six events — all available à la carte — worth checking out at this year’s Harvest on the Harbor.

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Harvest will have plenty of hot lobster action available to sample [Photos courtesy gBritt]

Different Roads: Global Grand Food Tasting

Thursday, October 18th 6-8:30 pm, $65

100 West Commercial St.

“Different Roads” brings together an assortment of staple dishes from across the globe—all prepared by local chefs and paired with wine from the Maine Winery Guild. Show up hungry. 

 

Maine Lobster Chef of the Year

Friday, October 19th 11:30 am-2 pm, $95

100 West Commercial St.

A multi-course luncheon featuring numerous interpretations of Maine’s most iconic ingredient from various competing chefs, the annual “Lobster Chef of the Year” event is a Harvest on the Harbor classic. Vote for your favorite and help crown this year’s chief shellfish combatant!  

 

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Some shellfish puffs

On The Rocks Happy Hour 

Friday, October 19th 5:30-7:30 pm, $65

100 West Commercial St.

A partnership with the Maine Distillers’ Guild, On The Rocks is this year’s boozy event to beat, pairing a number of small bites with tastings of the best gins, vodkas, bourbons and rums Maine has to offer. You might want to keep the rest of your evening, umm, open. 

 

Hair of the Dog Pig Roast

Saturday, October 20th 10 am-noon, $50

100 West Commercial St. 

Bounce back on Saturday morning with a bloody mary and pig roast brunch that will have you all but ready to start back up by high noon.  Expect to encounter some roast pork breakfast tacos from The Pig Kahuna in your travels. 

 

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Marrow

Maine Oysterfest

Saturday, October 20th 4-6:30 pm, $55

100 West Commercial St.

Come together for a celebration of Maine’s favorite bi-valves, featuring a meet-and-greet with local oyster farmers, shucking demonstrations and plenty of opportunities to taste some of the freshest coastal treats imaginable. 

 

Market on the Harbor

Sunday, October 21st 11 am-3 pm, $40

100 West Commercial St.

Market on the Harbor brings together a wide assortment of Maine producers and locally owned businesses in what is surely the largest food-focused marketplace event of the year within state lines. 

Erik Neilson is a writer, musician and passionate foodhead based in Portland, ME.

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