Greater Portland businesses will have Bastille Day events

Saturday is Bastille Day, also known as French National Day.

Are there local events scheduled to mark this important celebration of French culture? Mais oui.

Ned Swain of Devenish Wines is hosting a benefit for Cultivating Community at Turkey Hill Farm in Cape Elizabeth that day, which will feature a four-course menu built around a pig roast.

The participating chefs are David Levi, Brad Messier and Philippe Donald. French wines will be on hand, and guests are welcome to bring their own.

Tickets are $48 per person and can be purchased at

In Portland, Petite Jacqueline will hold a Bastille Day Brunch Party from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The menu will include classic French lunch and brunch items, such as Croque Madamme and Salad Nicoise, and an extended specialty brunch cocktail list.

The French bistro will also serve a $20 prix fixe menu.

There will be decorations, lively French music, a playing of the French national anthem and prizes for the best dressed and most “French-ly” dressed. Costumes can be a representation of any era in French history, or any French theme.

Reservations are encouraged. For more information, call 553-7044.

Finally, Whole Foods Market in Portland will hold a Bastille Day wine tasting, featuring a selection of French wines. Guests must be 21 or over, and identification is required.

The tasting will be held from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 774-7711.


Old Port Wine Merchants will hold tasting July 18

Old Port Wine Merchants will hold a “wines of summer” tasting event from 4 to 7 p.m. July 18.

Old Port Wine Merchants is located at 223 Commercial St. in Portland. For more information, call 772-9463.


L.L. Bean continues party Saturday with Food Festival

L.L. Bean just had a big party to celebrate its 100th birthday. If you didn’t get enough partying in last weekend, check out the L.L. Bean Food Festival on Saturday, just outside the flagship store.

The event begins at 10 a.m. when cookbook authors Kathy Gunst, Dana Moos and Margaret Hathaway will share recipes and sign copies of their books.

Then, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the public can taste food from more than a dozen local restaurants and food businesses, including the Harraseeket Inn, Azure Cafe and Seagrass Bistro, for $10.

During that same time, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., representatives from Gladstone’s Under the Sun, Common Ground Farm, Bar Harbor Foods and Purely American will be offering free samples of their foods.

Free samples of Muddy Bean Boots Ice Cream will be available during the free concert with Sylvain’s Cajun Aces from 11 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the Discovery Park stage.

At 1:45 p.m., the Battle of the Chefs begins. Chefs from Azure Cafe, Harraseeket Inn and Freeport Seafood Co. will compete in the cook-off, which the cookbook authors will judge.

Finally, at 2:45 p.m., Wicked Whoopies will be giving out free samples of whoopie pies.


Researcher will discuss genetically modified food

Michael McNeill, president of the agronomics consulting firm Ag Advisory Ltd. in Iowa, will speak at Bowdoin College on Thursday night.

McNeill’s talk, titled “Genetically Modified: In the News, On Your Plate,” will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. in the main lounge at Moulton Union on the Bowdoin College campus.

Admission is free.

McNeill has a doctorate in plant breeding and statistical genetics from Iowa State University. In 2011, he was one of a team of researchers who tried to convince the federal government to hold off on certifying genetically modified alfalfa for public sale, pending further research. His speech Thursday is sponsored by the Maine Alternative Agriculture Association, and Timothy Howe and Omega Wellness of Brunswick.

Call 696-8377 or email


Thursday farmers market will run through Aug. 30

The first York Thursday farmers market of the season was held July 5.

The market has new hours this year, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The location is the lot behind the Greater York Region Chamber of Commerce off Route 1. The Thursday market will run through Aug. 30.

York also has a Saturday market that runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Oct. 6.

Contact Steph Oeser at 363-4422 or [email protected]


– Compiled by Meredith Goad, Staff Writer


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