Two Iraqi women will teach cooking class; meal to follow

Two Iraqi women will be teaching an Iraqi cooking class at the St. Pius Church on Oct. 1.

The class will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. at the church, 492 Ocean Ave. A traditional Iraqi meal will be served buffet-style at 6 p.m.
The cost of the cooking class and the dinner is $15; dinner only is available for $10.

For more information, call Mary Gordon at 797-7026, ext. 211.

Salt Exchange will offer bourbon tasting Sept. 29

The Salt Exchange, 245 Commercial St., will hold a bourbon tasting from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 29.

For $10 per person, sample tastes of Kentucky bourbons such as Knob Creek, Maker’s Mark 46, Bulleit, Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit and Wild Turkey Russell’s Reserve.

Jacob Jasinski, executive chef at The Salt Exchange, will prepare hors d’oeuvres inspired by the season and the flavors of the bourbon. Reservations are not required.

Future tastings include naturally infused vodkas on Oct. 27, scotch on Nov. 24 and brandy and cognac in December.

Bar Lola’s fall wine dinner highlights Italy’s Piedmont

Bar Lola’s first fall wine dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 5 and feature the wines of Italy’s Piedmont region.

The five-course dinner costs $70 per person and includes wine pairings, tax and gratuity.

Call 775-5652 for reservations.

Tea 101 at Nellie’s will cover history, correct preparation

Want to learn the difference between Earl Grey and oolong?

Take Tea 101 on Saturday at Nellie’s Teas and Gifts, 5 Industry Road. The class, from 1 to 3 p.m., costs $15 and will cover the history of tea, how it’s produced and how to prepare different kinds of tea correctly.

Class size is limited. For reservations, e-mail [email protected] or call 761-8041.

Farm’s annual 20-Mile Meal will feature tastings, prizes

The annual 20-Mile Meal at Turkey Hill Farm, 120 Old Ocean House Road, will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Oct. 5.

Tasting-sized portions of savory dishes will take place from 2 to 3:30, followed by desserts from 4 to 5.

Participating restaurants include Bar Lola, Blue Spoon, Aurora Provisions, Flatbread, Local Sprouts and El Rayo.

Proceeds from the meal support Cultivating Community’s year-round educational programs in the Portland area.
Tickets are $35 for adults and $18 for students and seniors 60 and over.

There will also be a raffle with the grand prize of a traditional barn-raising quilt, a $1,500 value, by Vickery Cleaves. First prize will be a Portland arts, culture and dining package with a $1,000 value. Second prize is a family CSA share worth $480.

Raffle tickets are $20 each and available until Oct. 1 at Rabelais Books, Longfellow Books, Aurora Provisions, Rosemont Markets and Cultivating Community farm stands.

For information, call 761-GROW.

Fall wine dinner will help fund Parkinson’s research

Hurricane Restaurant will donate all of the proceeds from its fall harvest wine dinner on Sept. 30 to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

The dinner, which starts at 6:30 p.m., costs $100 per person. The menu includes courses such as wild boar cassoulet with chicken-apple sausage and duck confit, served with an aged chedder biscuit. Wines from Peter Lehmann will be paired with each course.

Reservations can be made by calling 967-9111. The restaurant is at 29 Dock Square.

Pumpkinfest will include pumpkin dessert contest

The Damariscotta Pumpkinfest will be holding its second annual pumpkin dessert contest Oct. 9 at the Skidompha Library.

Contestants should drop off two desserts, one for judging and one for tasting, at the library between 10:30 and 11:45 a.m. Contestants are responsible for providing their own plates, platters, decorations and serving utensils.

Winners will be announced at 1:30 p.m. First place will receive $150; second place $100; and third place $50.

Tickets to taste the desserts will be sold for $5 for three selections. Tasting will begin after the winners are announced.

All types of desserts are eligible, but they must include fresh, frozen or canned pumpkin.

To register, download the registration form from the website: www.damariscottapumpkinfest.com, or call Gail Berry at 563-1774.

Oktoberfest will showcase food, Maine beers and wines

Savor the fall colors, along with lots of food, beer and wine, at the Oktoberfest, to be held at Smuggler’s Den Campground on Oct. 9.

There will be food tastings, crafts, live music and sampling of more than 88 beers and wines from Maine at the festival, which runs from 11:30 a.m. to  6 p.m.

For more information, call 244-9264 or e-mail [email protected]