Oysters on the half shell, lobster rolls, clam chowder... If you're a seafood fan, it's tough to do better than Portland, Maine. Harvest on the Harbor is the city's premier food event, and this year festivities run from October 21 to 25. Some highlights include:
Wednesday, October 21 7-10PM: Moonlight Gala at The Landing at Pine Point
The festival's opening event sees a five-course feast paired with wine by Marchesi di Barolo. Local band Sly Chi will also provide live, big band music.
Friday, October 23 Noon-2:30PM: Maine Lobster Chef of the Year Competition at Ocean Gateway. One of the festival's most popular events pits the state's best lobster chefs against one another for the title. Samples of each entry are passed around to guests and served with a complimentary wine pairing.
Friday, October 23 6-8:30PM: Top of the Crop at 58 Fore - The Portland Company sees chefs pair up with Maine's top farms to create delicious dinner dishes from the bounty of the season.
Saturday, October 24 Noon-2:30PM and 4-6:30PM: Taste your way across the eight regions of the state at the Maine Marketplace, with two sessions on Saturday. Tickets include local wine, beer, and spirits and you'll even get to keep your commemorative glass.
Sunday, October 25 1:30-4PM: Rock N' Roast at 58 Fore - The Portland Company ends the festival with live music and BBQ, plus craft brews from across Maine.
Here are a few more shots from past events. Get more info and buy your tickets here.