On June 22, residents from Brunswick and beyond will gather to celebrate our first responders and recognize their service to our community.

The Brunswick Downtown Association presents this Community BBQ as a chance to welcome new members to town and visit with old friends. There will be music, face painting, tractor-train rides, a bounce house, fire trucks to explore, and puppies and kittens from the Midcoast Humane Society.

Local celebrities will be grilling hot dogs and hamburgers, and serving cookies, chips, watermelon, and beverages. Ticket prices are astonishingly low at $5 for adults and $3 for kids 5 and under. First responders will eat for free.

This annual summertime event is a fun way to see your friends and neighbors and say thanks to our extraordinary public safety professionals.

Food & Beverage Events in the Southern Midcoast

June 7

Tasting wines of Sicily, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Bow Street Market, 79 Bow St., Freeport, 865-6631, free.

June 9

Now You’re Cooking, monthly wine tasting, 5 p.m., 49 Front St., Bath, 443-1402, free.

June 12

Brunswick Landing Farmers’ Market, 4-7 p.m. every Wednesday, hosted at Flight Deck Brewing, with more than a dozen vendors offering Maine-grown and Maine-made products; live music; food by Cook’s Takes Flight (food truck from Cook’s Lobster House), and, of course, fresh beer; 11 Atlantic Ave., Brunswick, 504-5133.

June 14-June 16

Brews, Bourbon, Birdies & BBQ at Sebasco Harbor Resort, 6:30 p.m. June 14 to noon June 16. A weekend of activities including breakfasts, dinners and golf. $150 per person and up for the two- night stay and events; 29 Kenyon Road, Phippsburg, 877-420-1701.

June 16

Father’s Day Lobster Bake at Flight Deck Brewing, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; traditional fare plus a chicken option and kid’s menu prepared by Cook’s Takes Flight, and fresh beer; 11 Atlantic Ave., Brunswick, 504-5133. Kids $12, chicken $25, lobster $35, plus ticket fee, available online at Eventbrite.com.

June 22

Community BBQ presented by the Brunswick Downtown Association, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 1 Maine St., Town Mall, Brunswick, 729-4439, adults $5, kids 5 and under $3, tickets available only at the door.

Taste of Summer, 1-5 p.m., 179 Admiral Fitch Ave., Brunswick Landing, Brunswick. Food trucks, music, non-alcoholic beverages, beer and spirits a la carte. This is a 21-plus event. Tickets $15 per person, plus ticket fee available online at Eventbrite.com.

Sande Updegraph lives in Brunswick and is a longtime food writer. She can be reached at [email protected]

The Brunswick Community BBQ on the Mall is June 22.

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