Posted by: Kara @ The Foodie Dietitian | October 26, 2011

Harvest on the Harbor, Portland

Last weekend, Steve, Topher, and I drove up to Portland, Maine for Harvest on the Harbor. I gotta give all the credit to Steve on this venture. He came across it when looking up ideas for my birthday. Great call, Steve!

This was not my first time to Portland. I was there back in January when the weather was a tad bit colder. Check out the recap here.

Harvest on the Harbor is Maine’s premier food and wine experience. This year marked the fourth annual event where Maine’s top chefs, breweries, and wineries come together to celebrate the harvest season and share their local culinary creations and products.

Before arriving to Portland, I may have let Topher talk me into a trip to the outlet mall on our way there. Lesson learned. The temptation to shop at the outlets is much too high to fight any resistance to spend money. Four full shopping bags later, we were on our way.

When we got to Portland we were starving and looking for a light meal before our big event. We ended back up at our favorite spot, The Farmer’s Table for some warm and hearty soup.

While there were various events being held all weekend for Harvest on the Harbor, we chose to go to Savory Samplings at the Marketplace. Over 160 food artisans, wineries, breweries, distilleries, epicurean purveyors, & Maine-made products were featured at the Oceanside pavilion for this event.

As we walked into the pavilion, we first were handed a small wine glass for sampling. Let me tell you, that small wine glass (although initially deceiving) goes a long, long way.

Despite the daunting crowd lined up outside the pavilion when we arrived, inside, it didn’t seem over crowded. I never felt like I had to wait in a long line for any samples.

A little food sampling…

I have to admit the food samples didn’t wow me. But then again the food quality at an event like this is not going to be top notch. I did love the pumpkin gelato by Gelato Fiasco

A little wine tasting…

My two favorite brews of the night – Angry Orchard’s Crisp Apple Hard Cider and Allagash’s Tripel. Highly recommended.

Gotta love Flatbread’s quotes. More importantly, feed your soul.

I loved that the pavilion was ocean side – a perfect location.

Cheers to a great night!

And a big thanks to Steve for finding this event!

Harvest on the Harbor will definitely be on the radar for next year. I would love to try a different event next time, perhaps the Grand Tasting on the Harbor or a Farm to Table event.

Peace, love, and food,


Do you have a favorite food festival or event? Have you been to any great tastings lately?


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