Maine’s Premier Food and Wine Experience

Now in its fifth year, the festival expands to 4 days and adds two new events –
Cutting Edge: Culinary College Competition 
and BBQ Brews & Blues


Portland, ME (July 2012)—The Convention + Visitors Bureau presents the fifth annual Harvest on the Harbor — Maine’s Premier Food and Wine Experience, to be held October 24-27, at Ocean Gateway on Portland’s picturesque waterfront.


New to the Harvest line-up this year is the Cutting Edge: Culinary College Competition – this is a cooking event with a cause designed to introduce the next generation of culinary talent.  Four notable student teams from Maine’s esteemed culinary programs will compete for the title of Maine’s first Cutting Edge Chefs, as well as a hearty scholarship to help them reach their goals of epicurean success.  This seafood soirée will feature farmed raised Salmon from Cooke Aquaculture, and the students will be coached and mentored by their idols who are some of Maine’s most noted chefs and restaurateurs.


Also new for 2012 is BBQ Brews & Blues where top chefs will raise the art of grilling to new heights. Rubs, spices, and sauces take on new meaning with talented grill masters who’ll share their secrets, recipes, and techniques. Savory side dishes, Maine’s best craft beers, along with our talented brew masters and sensational music will round out this not to be missed grilling extravaganza.

Harvest on the Harbor offers a unique experience that celebrates Maine’s talented chefs and renowned dining establishments, while showcasing high-caliber and authentic gourmet products from local farmers, fishermen, food artisans as well as wine, beer and spirit makers.  Visitors from far and wide make this a “must do” on their list, resulting in thousands of repeat visitors embarking on this flavorful festival.  People magazine named Harvest on the Harbor one of four “Great Ideas” for fall food fests.

The line-up for the 2012 Harvest On The Harbor event also includes:

Grand Tasting on the Harbor

Maine Lobster Chef of the Year

Top of the Crop: Maine’s Best Farm to Table Restaurant

Savory Samplings at the Marketplace

Event Sponsors include: Down East Magazine, WHOM 94.9FM, and Time Warner Cable

For more information or to purchase tickets, go to



Angie Helton

Northeast Media Associates



Barbara Whitten
Convention +Visitors Bureau
(207) 772-4994 ext. 228


Maralyn D. HillThe Epicurean Explorer

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