Extension workshops teach food preserving

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension has several food preservation workshops scheduled for July. The workshops teach techniques for hot water bath and pressure canning, fermentation and drying of herbs, fruits and vegetables.

The cost is $15 per person for materials. For more information, call 781-6099, or register at umaine.edu/food-health/food-preservation/hands-on-workshops.

Here’s a list of upcoming workshops:


University of Maine Extension, South Paris

5:30-8:30 p.m. Hot water bath canning and freezing: pickled green beans


Little Ridge Farm, 101 Gould Road, Lisbon Falls

2-4 p.m. Drying fruits, vegetables and herbs


University of Maine Extension, Falmouth

5:30-8:30 p.m. Hot water bath canning and freezing: pickled green beans


University of Maine Extension, Lisbon Falls

5:30-8:30 p.m. Hot water bath canning and freezing: pickled green beans


Harvest Dinner at farm will help rebuild road

Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Dandelion Spring Farm, Straw’s Farm and Fore Street restaurant are collaborating on the third annual Harvest Dinner to be held Oct. 12 in a greenhouse at Dandelion Spring Farm, 30 Brick Hill Road.

The popular five-course dinner features locally grown and raised food served on handcrafted ceramics made by Watershed artists.

All guests will receive a one-of-a-kind dessert plate to take home.

The event opens at 1 p.m., and dinner begins at 3 p.m. Tickets are $125 per person, and seating is limited.

This is a fundraising event that will help rebuild Brick Hill Road, the common road shared by Watershed and the two farms.

To purchase tickets, go to watershedceramics.org/harvest-dinner.


Las Olas Taqueria brings Mexican food to plaza

Julie and Matt Burke have opened their third taqueria – their first one in Maine – at 1517 Post Road in the Wells Corner Shopping Plaza.

Las Olas Taqueria serves burritos, tacos, salads, quesadillas and other casual Mexican fare. Summer hours are 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday and 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

The other Las Olas Taquerias are in Exeter and Hampton, New Hampshire.

For more information, go to lasolastaqueria.com.


Alton Brown to stage food show at Merrill

Food TV personality Alton Brown will bring his live show to Merrill Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12.

Brown is the host of the show “Good Eats” on the Food Network, and appears regularly on “Food Network Star,” “Iron Chef America” and “Cutthroat Kitchen.”

His two-hour live show is a blend of food experimentation, stand-up comedy, live music and more. Tickets range from $46 up to the $157 Gold Circle ticket that includes a meet-and-greet with Brown.

Tickets are available through porttix.com.

– Compiled by Meredith Goad, staff writer