Strawberries and Peas

Posted June 23, 2009, at 5:37 p.m.

Strawberries and Peas

Though the recent soggy weather may dampen Maine’s early summer harvest, there’s plenty to celebrate during the Corinth United Methodist Church’s annual Strawberry Festival, set for 4:30-7 p.m. Saturday, June 27, at the church at 275 Main St., Corinth. For decades now, the festival has offered a ham dinner with all the fixings, as well as two of Maine’s most treasured locally grown products: peas and strawberries. The cost is $7.50 for adults and $5 for children under 10, and there are servings at 4:30, 5:30 and 6:30. To make a reservation for one of the best church dinners you’ll ever have — plus a heaping helping of strawberry shortcake — call 285-3557.

Makin’ Whoopie (Pies)

However, if you prefer chocolate over fruity goodness, then perhaps you’ll want to head a bit further down Route 15 out to Dover-Foxcroft for the town’s first Whoopie Pie Festival, set for 10 a.m. Saturday, June 27, at Center Theatre. The Shiretown Homecoming Committee, Piscataquis Regional YMCA and Center Theatre are all working together to offer an after-noon of decadent treats and family fun, featuring Maine’s No. 1 dessert, the whoopie pie. A $5 admission fee gets you samples of more than 20 different kinds of whoopie pies, along with food and crafts up for sale by local vendors, and games and contests for kids. If you want to show off your whoopie pies, or to learn more about the event, contact Center Theatre at 564-8943 or go to www.centertheatre.org.

Maine Lobster Competition

So, we’ve covered strawberries, peas and whoopie pies this week in Tidbits. Let’s continue the classic Maine food trend with an item on lobster. The 62nd annual Maine Lobster Festival, July 29-Aug. 2 on the Rockland waterfront, will host its yearly seafood cooking contest on Friday, July 31. Amateur chefs age 18 and older are invited to participate in the competition, which awards more than $500 in prize money and must feature lobster or some other seafood found in Maine waters. Five competitors will be picked from all recipe submissions, which are judged on creativity, suitability of the seafood to the recipe, appearance, aesthetic appeal, simplicity and taste. To download an application form for the contest, visit www.mainelobsterfestival.com, or call 691-7282. Applications will be considered until July 10. The contest will take place at 9 a.m., Friday, July 31, on the festival grounds.

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