PORTLAND

Sweetgrass gives moms taste of treats and wines

Sweetgrass Winery & Distillery in Union is bringing its annual Mother’s Day event to its new Old Port shop on Sunday.

The event pairs chocolates made by Maine chocolatiers with this year’s vintage wines and spirits from Sweetgrass.

The tasting will run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 324 Fore St. Sweetgrass products such as Back River Gin and Three Crow Rum will be paired with treats from Dean’s Sweets and KupCakes Inc. Dean’s Sweets will offer samples of their new espresso buttercream truffle, along with salt caramels and other sweets. KupCakes Inc. will bring some specialty spring flavors such as vanilla cappuccino and vanilla-orange cupcakes.

Typical pairings might include Dean’s Sweets’ raspberry truffles dipped in dark chocolate and Sweetgrass’ Bleujolais wine, or KupCake Inc.’s double chocolate cupcakes and Sweetgrass’ new Rhubarb Smash dessert wine.

Mothers will receive a complimentary engraved wine glass with their wine tasting.

Call 761-8446 or go to sweetgrasswinery.com.

Maine Lobsterbake event benefits Fort Gorges access

Maine Lobsterbake Co. will host a benefit for Fort Gorges from 7 to 9 p.m. May 22 at Crema Coffee & Bakery, 9 Commercial St.

The event will feature nibbles from Maine Lobsterbake, cocktails, door prizes, Latin jazz by Soundwavz and education about the fort.

It’s part of a campaign to make the fort more accessible to the public, said Maine Lobsterbake owner Courtney MacIsaac.

The cost is $10 per person. Email info@mainelobsterbakeco.com.

 

Allagash and hot spots’ food will benefit Preble Street

Allagash Brewing Co. is hosting a fundraiser for the Preble Street Resource Center to celebrate American Craft Beer Week.

The event is called “Eight Great Plates,” and it will be held 6 to 8 p.m. May 14 at Allagash Brewing, 50 Industrial Way. Tickets are $45 per person on eventbrite.com.

The dinner will feature dishes from eight local “hot spots” paired with an Allagash beer. Participating businesses are Eventide Oyster Co., Thirsty Pig, Gelato Fiasco, Winter Hill Farm, La Creme Chocolat, Nosh, Rosemont Market and PB & ME.

Live music will be provided by Adam Waxman.

BAR HARBOR

Four-day food festival will begin with desserts

The third annual Taste of Bar Harbor food festival will be held May 15-18 at various venues.

The festival will begin at 6 p.m. May 15 with Dessert Night. Tickets are $15 and include a ballot listing all of the participating businesses. Ticket holders visit each venue, sample their signature dessert and vote on their favorite. The winner will receive $500.

Tickets are available at the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center at 2 Cottage St.

On May 16 there will be a pub tour from 5 to 9 p.m. Tickets for the self-guided tour are $20 and are available at the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce on the corner of Cottage and Main streets or at Bar Harbor Brewing’s tasting room at 8 Mt. Desert St. The price includes a beer glass, wrist band and 10 sample tickets.

On May 17, a Chef’s Table event will feature a five-course dinner and wine pairing at one of five exclusive restaurants. Chefs will give tours and share recipes. The cost is $75 per person and is limited to 50 seats. Ticket holders will receive their undisclosed dining location at a reception from 5 to 6 p.m. at Fiore Artisan Olive Oils & Vinegars, 8 Rodick Place.

The Eden’s Farmers Market will be held May 18, and will feature a new event – a waiter race.

During the entire Taste of Bar Harbor festival, participating restuarants will be offering a prix fixe menu for $20.14.