Thursday July 21, 2011 | 10:52 PM

More than 400 guests escaped the swelter affecting much of the state and the nation tonight at the Tastefully Maine party hosted by Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay. The 250 acre property and its exquisite gardens were bathed in a wonderful sea breeze, and the temperature had to be at least 10 degrees cooler than it was in Portland.

Among the gardens, we tried all manner of tasty tidbits supplied by local restaurants, caterers, wineries, distilleries, bakers, chocolatiers and specialty food makers. Here Pat Keating and Tracey Cahn, who summer in Readfield, taste the wine from Savage Oakes Vineyard & Winery. This station was set up in the gardens behind the brand new Bosarge Family Education Center, which is a net-zero building featuring the latest in sustainable building techniques.

As we wandered through the gardens, the air was filled with the fabulous big band sounds of The Edith Jones Project, a group of leading Maine musicians who perform the music made famous by groups such as the Count Basie Orchestra and Dizzy Gillespie. The stage was set up in the Great Lawn bordered by the Ledge Garden.

Be sure to pick up the July 24 edition of the Maine Sunday Telegram, where I'll have more photos from the party and details about what people had to say.

Until then, I hope to see you out and about.

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