October is Maine Lobster Month: Maine lobster (is any other kind half as good?) is the starring item on menus at sophisticated restaurants throughout the state, as well as at rough-hewn shanties with picnic tables set along the coast. To many people, it just isn’t summer without a trip to a lobster shack and a casual meal outside overlooking the sea. To sample a local favorite, ask for the lobster “shore dinner,” which usually includes at least red potatoes and corn-on-the-cob, boiled in the same salty water as your lobster and embellished with even more melted butter. Visitors and Mainers alike can visit the Maine Lobster Promotion Council for information about the local lobster industry, lobster history, recipes, purchasing a certified Maine lobster or to report a lobster “sighting.”
Harvest On The Harbor:The Greater Portland Convention & Visitors Bureau is proud to present the third annual Harvest on the Harbor, Maine’s premier food and wine experience, a three-day gourmet getaway where you can experience the flavors of Maine, all on the magnificent coast during the beautiful harvest season. Don’t miss the Grand Tasting on the Harbor, The Ultimate Seafood Splash, Perfect Pairing: Presenting Maine’s Own James Beard Award Winners, Maine Lobster Chef of the Year Competition and the new and expanded Savory Samplings at The Marketplace! Please visit www.harvestontheharbor.com for more details and to purchase tickets!
Maine Restaurant Week is a statewide promotional dining event from October 24th through the 31st where participating restaurants create and feature special three-course prix-fixe dinner menus — priced at $20, $30 or $40. The Kennebunkport area restaurants that are participating are One Dock Square and Federal Jacks. Bev and I highly recommend both restaurants. Rick Litchfield, Your Innkeeper