6th Annual Heirloom Apple Tasting

The 6th Annual Heirloom Apple Tasting took place yesterday. This wonderful event brought together 213 apples from 21 orchards in 4 states with New England ciders from Bent Bough, Rocky Ground, Cornish and Citizen, and heirloom apple dishes by Ilma Lopez at Chaval, Josh Berry at Union and Krista Kern Desjarlais at The Purple House – all under one roof at The Oyster Shop on Washington Ave.

The focal point of the event was a guided tasting by Sean Turley (aka The Righteous Russet) who led guests through a tasting of a diverse range of 36 apple varieties from the colonial era to the modern day, hailing from England, France, Kazakhstan and America. Sean provided insight into the science and lore of apples and tasting notes and lineages of the fruit presented.

Tickets for next year’s apple tasting will go on sale in September.

This Week’s Events: Apple Tastings, Harvest on the Harbor, Indie Biz Awards, Macaron Workshop

Monday – the 6th Annual Heirloom Apple Tasting (sold out) is taking place.

Wednesday – the Monument Square Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Thursday – it’s the first day of Harvest on the Harbor, and the Indie Biz Awards event are taking place.

Friday – Harvest on the Harbor continues.

SaturdayMcDougal’s is holding their annual apple tasting at their orchard in Springvale, Suga Suga is teaching a Macaron Workshop, Harvest on the Harbor continues, and the Deering Oaks Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Sunday – it’s the last day of Harvest on the Harbor.

For more information on these and other upcoming food happenings in the area, visit the event calendar.

If you are holding a food event this week that’s not listed above, publicize it by adding it as a comment to this post.

Harvest on the Harbor 2019

Harvest on the Harbor is coming up soon, October 17 – 20. The annual food festival has a program of 8 scheduled events:

This Week’s Events: Lebanese Wine Dinner, Whiskey Blending Workshop

Tuesday – Evo is holding a Lebanese Wine Dinner.

Wednesday – the Monument Square Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Friday – Man and Oak is teaching a Whiskey Blending Workshop being held at New England Distilling.

Saturday – the Deering Oaks Farmers’ Market is taking place.

For more information on these and other upcoming food happenings in the area, visit the event calendar.

If you are holding a food event this week that’s not listed above, publicize it by adding it as a comment to this post.

This Week’s Events: Cocktails by the Trail, Piccolo Farm Dinner, Apple Preservation Workshop

Wednesday – the Monument Square Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Saturday – UFF is continuing their Cocktails by the Trail series which gives local bartenders the tasting room stage to feature a cocktail that makes use of the UFF greenhouse and product line, and the Deering Oaks Farmers’ Market is taking place.

SundayPiccolo will be cooking a farm dinner in the Mallet Barn at the Wolfe’s Neck Oceanfront Campground.

Apple Preservation Workshop – My good friends Kate McCarty (The Blueberry Files) and Sean Turley (The Righteous Russet) are teaming up to teach an apple preservation workshop at Fork Food Lab. The event takes place on October 22nd. Kate will teach how to preserve apples by canning, freezing, and drying, and Sean will talk about the heritage varieties of apples in Maine and what the best uses are for them. Apples for the event are being provided by MOFGA’s orchards, and participants will get to take some of what is made in the class. Tickets are on sale now.

For more information on these and other upcoming food happenings in the area, visit the event calendar.

If you are holding a food event this week that’s not listed above, publicize it by adding it as a comment to this post.

Whiskey Blending Workshop

Man & Oak is organizing a set of Whiskey Blending workshops taking place at multiple dates this fall in collaboration with New England Distilling and Stroudwater Distillery.

With the goal of deconstructing and reconstructing a blended whiskey, Man & Oak will guide participants through four whiskey blending exercises. Outfitted with beakers, graduated cylinders, and droppers each participant will become their own master blender.

Learn how to use blending tools and blending methods, in this all access, hands-on, whiskey blending workshop!

This Week’s Events: Culinary Trends, Dine Out for Equality, Maine Meets Miami, Kevin Alexander, Cantillon Zwanze

MondayCulinary Trends in Québec & Maine, a presentation by author Jean-Martin Fortier followed by a panel discussion.

Tuesday – the 2019 Dine Out for Equality is taking place, see the site for a list of participating restaurants. A multi-chef collaboration dinner to benefit the American Liver Foundation will be held at O’Maine Studios.

Wednesday – there will be a tasting at Old Port Wine Merchants, and the Monument Square Farmers’ Market is taking place.

ThursdayMichael Beltran of Ariete Coconut Grove will be the guest chef at the Maine Meets Miami pop-up series at the Portland Harbor Hotel, there will be a Woodland Farms tap takeover at Bao Bao, and author Kevin Alexander will be at Hunt & Alpine to talk about his new book Burn the Ice.

Saturday – the 2019 edition of the worldwide beer event known as Cantillon Zwanze Day is taking place in Maine at Novare Res, Urban Farm Fermentory is holding this week’s Cocktails by the Trail, and the Deering Oaks Farmers’ Market is taking place.

For more information on these and other upcoming food happenings in the area, visit the event calendar.

If you are holding a food event this week that’s not listed above, publicize it by adding it as a comment to this post.

6th Annual Heirloom Apple Tasting

The Righteous Russet and Portland Food Map have once again teamed up to organize the Annual Heirloom Apple Tasting which is taking place Monday October 14th at 2 and 6 pm at the Island Creek Oyster Shop on Washington Ave. Tickets are now on sale. SOLD OUT

Have you ever tasted a Hudson Golden Gem, Fameuse, or Thomas Jefferson’s favorite apple, the Esopus Spitzenburg? Come to the sixth annual Heirloom Apple Tasting to try a wide range apples handpicked in New England’s orchards and learn more about this iconic fall fruit from the Righteous Russet (aka apple and cider expert Sean Turley).

Sean and the team will be scouring Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont to amass dozens and dozens of the best varieties for you to try and compare. From the tiny Chestnut Crab to the appropriately named Twenty Ounce, apples offer a wide assortment of tastes, textures, shapes and sizes that are too often underrepresented at the local supermarket or pick-your-own orchard.

Our host, The Shop, will be running a cash bar during the tasting stocked with several hard ciders from across the region that are well worth drinking.

Complimenting the fresh apple tasting will be tastes of three dishes prepared with heirloom cooking apples by chefs Ilma Lopez from Chaval, Krista Desjarlais from The Purple House and Josh Berry from Union.

This Week’s Events: Turamali, B Side, Vermouth Tasting, Macaron Workshop, Full Plates Dinner

Monday – the next edition of the Turamali (instagram) pop-up Mexican restaurant is taking place at Evo (2 seatings, 6 courses, $60 per person).

Wednesday – Maine & Loire is holding a Le Sot de L’Ange vermouth tasting, and the Monument Square Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Saturday – the B Side, an educational event at the Portland House of Music will explore “the myriad unexpected ways honeybees are part of the social and cultural fabric of our everyday life”, Suga Suga is teaching a Macaron Workshop, and the Deering Oaks Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Sunday – chefs from the Inn By the Sea, Union, Evo Kitchen + Bar, Sur Lie, David’s, and Five Fifty-Five are collaborating on a sold out Full Plates Full Potential dinner at the Inn by the Sea.

For more information on these and other upcoming food happenings in the area, visit the event calendar.

If you are holding a food event this week that’s not listed above, publicize it by adding it as a comment to this post.