Portland Press Herald food writer Meredith Goad has her thumb on the pulse of Portland’s vibrant food scene. She consistently covers the Restaurant City of the Year‘s comings-and-goings and she shared the Festival’s 2018 announcement:

Harvest on the Harbor is offering Hair of the Dog, where ticket holders will sample a pig roast paired with a variety of bloody marys.


Yes, we know the Maine Lobster Chef of the Year is the most popular event at the annual Harvest on the Harbor food and wine festival, so it follows you may be tired of hearing about it. Here, then, are the most interesting new additions to the festival, which is scheduled for Oct. 16-21 this year:

If you like to be surprised, try a Chef’s Choice dinner on Oct. 16 or 17, all of which will feature “secret menus.” You won’t know what you’re having for dinner until you sit down for the evening. Participating restaurants are Bolster, Snow & Co., Five Fifty-Five, Izakaya Minato, Opus Ten, Solo Italiano and Sur Lie. Tickets cost $95 and include tax, tip and beverage pairings.

Hair of the Dog, held from 10 a.m. to noon on Oct. 20 in the Harvest Festival Tent at 100 West Commercial St., will pair a pig roast with a variety of bloody marys. Tickets cost $50.

Oyster lovers, prepare to slurp. At Maine Oyster Fest, scheduled for 4 to 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 20, your $55 general admission ticket will get you a dozen oysters and beverages, plus the opportunity to meet Maine’s oyster farmers and learn how to shuck an oyster properly; spend $75 for a VIP ticket, and you’ll get two dozen oysters and beverages. Need more? Buy additional oysters for $1 each, sold in groups of six.

Tickets for Harvest on the Harbor events are on sale at 207tix.com.