The annual festival celebrating Maine’s official soft drink is set for July 9-11 in Lisbon, home to the famous beverage. Chicken barbecues and turkey dinners will accompany two big Moxie-themed events. The Moxie Chug n’ Challenge, scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at the corner of Main Street and Route 196, and a lunch of Moxie pulled pork and lobster rolls at 11:30 a.m. Sunday at the finish line of that morning’s canoe and kayak race. A Moxie recipe contest also is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday. Music performances, dancing, road races and much more are scheduled throughout the weekend. For information, visit www.moxiefestival.com.
Further south, you can celebrate the French version of the Fourth of July — Bastille Day — with one of the finest restaurants in the state. Chef Erik Desjarlais of Evangeline is planning a celebration of all things French on Wednesday, July 14, Bastille Day. The event will start with an open house from 4-6 p.m., to feature a wine tasting by Ned Swain of Devenish Wines, French cheeses and delicacies created by Chef Desjarlais. The open house will be followed by a dinner at 6:30 p.m. The menu will include three courses of French favorites inspired by the summer. The open house is $20 per person, the dinner is $55; the cost for both events is $65. Evangeline is donating 20 percent of the event’s proceeds to Share Our Strength Maine, an organization that fights childhood hunger. For information, call 791-2800.
Finally, fans of Italian and local foods have a reason to cheer this summer. Delvino’s Grill & Pasta House, a new restaurant, has opened on Main Street in downtown Belfast. The restaurant opened last month, and boasts a menu rooted in Italian cuisine, with a local flair. There’s a lot of seafood on the menu, as well as fresh pasta and small plates. Delvino’s is open for lunch and dinner, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. For information, visit the restaurant’s Facebook page.