DISCOVER CUISINES OF THE WORLD — During July, midcoast Maine is a great place to learn about many different cuisines of the world. Bay Leaf Cottages in Lincolnville is holding a series of Lunch and Learn workshops that focus on a number of cooking traditions. Last week a class on regional Chinese cooking was featured, and today, July 14, will feature a seafood hors d’oeuvres class with Bay Leaf owner Jane Liedke. Hungarian cooking will be the featured cuisine in a July 26 class run by George and Susan Kerkgyarto, focusing on home-style Hungarian dishes, and traditional German cooking will be featured July 28, with German chef Renata Tower. All classes begin at 11 a.m., and registration is $20. To reserve your spot, call 706-7929.
‘THE RACHAEL RAY OF TAIWAN’ — A bit farther down Route 1, Natalie’s in Camden will offer a special evening of Taiwanese and Korean cuisine, featuring guest chef Sammeh Choi and Natalie’s executive chef Lawrence Klang. Choi, a television chef called “the Rachael Ray of Taiwan,” will cook up an array of salads, dumplings, kimchi dishes and bulgogi, the famed Korean-style barbecue. The cost for the five-course meal is $59 and includes a starter drink. The entire meal also can be served vegetarian. For information and reservations, call 236-7008.
YARMOUTH CLAM FESTIVAL — The summer food festivals keep coming. This weekend will see the kickoff of the annual Yarmouth Clam Festival, a much-anticipated fair and festival July 16-18. In addition to art, crafts, a midway and other attractions, there’s lots of food — most of which features the festival’s namesake and Maine’s favorite bivalve. Fried clams, clam chowder, steamed clams, clam cakes and lots of other seafoodcentric dishes will be there for the eating, along with an array of pies and traditional fair fare. The clam shucking contest will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, with professional, amateur, college and celebrity competitions all on the docket. For information, visit www.clamfestival.com.
ALL THINGS EGGS IN PITTSFIELD — Starting July 20 and running through the 24th, the Pittsfield-based Central Maine Egg Festival will celebrate all things egg. The annual “Egglympics” will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 21, with egg-related athletic events throughout the day, and a quiche and cheesecake contest will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, at the Pittsfield Elks Lodge. Other events, a food and craft marketplace, and music and dancing will be held throughout the five-day festival. For information, visit eggfest.craftah.com.