Harvest on the Harbor: buy tix now or say good bye

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Yes, I’ve posted about this previously, but if you’re considering attending any of the Harvest on the Harbor events, Oct. 23-25, stop jawing about it, get out the credit card and purchase the tix.

Already more than half of the 400 or so available to the Grand Tasting at the Gateway on Thursday evening have been sold (and the price rises from $50 to $60 pp after Oct. 9) for this showcase event highlighting Maine chefs and food producers.

Saturday’s Culinary Marketplace at the Gateway isn’t expected to sell out. Participants include more than 100 food producers, wine vendors, cookbook authors, and other culinary experts (and Bill Dodge auto group, go figure).

Other Harvest events include tastings, talks, demonstrations, and dinners, but tix for many of these are limited, so if you have your heart set on attending, get a move on. And again, prices on all tix increase on Oct. 9.

The weekend concludes with Gala by the Sea, a black-tie event at the Inn by the Sea. A five-course meal with wine pairings will be prepared by two James Beard award-winning guest chefs: David Pasternack, of Esca, in New York, and Sam Hayward, of Fore Street, working with Mitchell Kaldrovich, of the Inn by the Sea.

Also being presented at the gala are the Maine Culinary Awards, the first of what will be an annual recognition for “outstanding local accomplishments in supporting, promoting, and encouraging the culinary evolution of Maine.” This year’s honorees are Rod Browne Mitchell, of Browne Trading Co., and Hayward.

If you can’t cough up the $150 pp for gala tix, special Harvest Dining menus are being served at restaurants such as Hugo’s, Twenty Mill Street, the Inn on Peaks Island, and Eves at the Garden, and the prices are a bit easier on the budget.