Focus on foraging

Posted Sept. 08, 2009, at 7:06 p.m.

Point your snout in the right direction, and you can find all kinds of edible goodies. That’s the idea behind Merryspring Nature Center’s “Foraging for Wild Edibles,” a talk and workshop set for Sept. 19-20 at the center on Conway Road in Camden. At 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, join Arthur Haines, a botanist with the New England Wild Flower Society, as he talks about the wild foods open to foraging in Maine; admission is $7. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20, Haines will lead participants in an outdoor workshop, finding edible flowers, roots and more, right on the Merryspring property. The cost for this workshop is $65, $45 for members, and both lecture and workshop require registration by calling 236-2239. For more, visit www.merryspring.org.

Beans talk

As part of Maine Fare 2009, a traditional bean hole bean supper takes place 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the historic Conway House in Camden. You know the drill: Beans are baked overnight in an in-ground oven until they’re sweet, hearty and totally satisfying. The beans will be served with slow-roasted pork, coleslaw, biscuits and honey, with seasonal pies for dessert. Bangor Daily News columnist Sandy Oliver will serve as host for the event. Admission is $20 for adults and $8 for kids, with proceeds benefiting the Conway House. For tickets, visit www.mainefare.com.

Gourd to the last drop

The Allagash Brewing Co. picked up some accolades from Imbibe Magazine, a national publication devoted to beer and wine culture. Imbibe named Allagash in its list of best dessert beers, while it called the Allagash Tripel one of the “beers to serve to your friend who claims to be a beer snob” — it’s that good. In other Maine beer news, it’s already that time of year when the pumpkin beers hit the marketplace — from Shipyard Pumpkinhead, one of the true harbingers of fall, to Shipyard’s other autumnal beer, the Smashed Pumpkin, a seasonal quaff with a higher alcohol content and more intense taste. And, of course, there’s Sea Dog Pumpkin Ale, made right here in Bangor.

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