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Originally published in Compass, October 3, 2013
From chocolate to oysters
Fall Festival highlights Peninsula bounty

 Taste of the Peninsula in Blue Hill

Ruth Ellis (left) and 44 North co-owner Megan Dewey-Wood giving samples of their freshly brewed coffee during the 2012 Taste of the Peninsula. This year's event will be held on Sunday, October 13.

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Now in its eighth year, the Blue Hill Peninsula Chamber of Commerce’s Fall Festival will highlight some of the Peninsula’s best offerings.

The festival, which runs October 10 through October 20, features events organized through the chamber and many others planned by area businesses and organizations that have embraced the “Fall Festival” spirit.

Festivities kick off quietly with a window decoration contest that begins Thursday, October 10, and continues to the final day of the festival on Sunday, October 20.

The centerpiece of the festival—A Taste of the Peninsula— will be held on Sunday, October 13, at the Mainescape Garden Shop. There, more than 30 vendors will be in attendance ranging from locally produced beer to locally cultivated oysters and everything in between. Also, there will be pie bake offs and music from George Stevens Academy Jazz Combo “7-up” and Isle of Jazz.

In addition to the Taste of the Peninsula there are numerous other ways to experience the tastes and smells of the area as well as learn about some of the area’s best talent. Major events begin on Friday, October 11, at 4 p.m. with an open house at the Bagaduce Music Lending library. Performances by the 2013 winners of the annual Young Composers Contest will take place.

Also on the docket throughout the festival is a talk by Leslie Clapp and Blaise deSibour on their seven-week trek through Hawaii, a chocolate making workshop with Kate Shaffer of Black Dinah Chocolatiers, a tour of peninsula pottery studios, and dinner theater with New Surry Theatre. There also are numerous special breakfasts and dinners at locations throughout the peninsula.

For more information on the Fall Festival visit

Fall Festival Scedule of Events

Friday, October 11:

• Bagaduce Music Lending Library – 4-6 p.m. Open house with performances by the winners of the 2013 Young Composer Contest. 374-5454.

• El El Frijoles @ the Blue Hill Inn – Meet your Farmer Dinner featuring Horsepower Farm & New Moorings Farm. Reservations: 374-2844.

• Downeast Audubon @ George Stevens Academy – 7 p.m., Natural Hawaii – Explore the wonders of our 50th state with Leslie Clapp & Blaise deSibour. Esther Wood Lecture Room.

Saturday, October 12:

• El El Frijoles @ the Blue Hill Inn – Young Chef’s Showcase. Sous chef and senior culinary student Kara Van Emmerik will prepare a multi–course meal. Reservations: 374-2844.

• Wave Walker Bed & Breakfast, Surry – Four course gourmet meal. Reservations: 667-5767.

• 11th Annual Peninsula Potters Studio Tour and Sale – Peninsula–wide 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Eight potting studios open their doors to showcase the work of 17 area potters. Guide and tour map at Information:

Sunday, October 13:

• Ira Berry Masonic Lodge #128 – 7-10 a.m. – Second Annual Masonic Fall Breakfast of stuffed French toast and bacon. Public welcome. Information: Lewis Tapley 374-9937 or Larry Maxim 266-6127.

• Blue Hill Peninsula Chamber of Commerce @ Mainescape Garden Shop – 11a.m.-3:30 p.m. – A Taste of the Peninsula – More than 30 vendors gather to showcase their culinary delights in a glorious setting. Music by local groups GSA Jazz Combo “7-Up” & Isle of Jazz. First Annual Apple & Pumpkin Pie Bake Off. Information: blue or 374–3242.

• 11th Annual Peninsula Potters Studio Tour and Sale – Peninsula–wide 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Eight potting studios open their doors to showcase the work of seventeen area potters. Guide and tour map at Information:

Tuesday, October 15:

• 66 Steak & Seafood – Oktoberfest. A special four course meal with beer and wine pairings. Reservations: 374-1055.

Thursday, October 17:

• Millbrook Company – An Evening of Local Surf & Turf – Two seatings: 5-5:30 p.m. & 7- 7:30 p.m. Reservations: 359–8344.

Friday, October 18:

• El El Frijoles @ Blue Hill Inn – El El teams up with Blue Hill Wine Shop. Five course meal with specially paired beverages. Reservations: 374–2844.

Saturday, October 19:

• 66 Steak & Seafood – Harvest Breakfast with specials celebrating the local harvest, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Information: 374-1055.

• Black Dinah Chocolatiers @ Blue Hill Inn – Artisanal Chocolate Making Class with Kate Shaffer of Black Dinah Chocolatiers. Reservations required: 374–5621.

• Halcyon Grange #345 – Annual Harvest Pig Roast Supper – A traditional pig roast with the fixings with music by MacLir Ceilidh. Reservations: 326–0660.

Sunday, October 20:

• New Surry Theatre @ 66 Steak & Seafood Dinner served 5 p.m.-7 p.m. A 7 p.m. performance of scenes from two different plays followed by a Q&A with actors and director Bill Raiten. A donation to the NST Performing Arts School Scholarship Fund includes performance and a half-price beverage. Reservations: 374-1055.