AUGUSTA, Maine — A new twist to the ubiquitous beer-tasting festivals held around the state will be a Witches Brew Fest 2-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Augusta Armory. Those who attend in costume will be entered in a special raffle for a luxury stay at the Senator Inn & Spa.
The Armory will be decorated for the Halloween season and live R&B music will be performed by Doc Frankin & The Brew Steins. In addition to the 30 unusual domestic and imported microbrews and ciders, the festival will feature a free photo booth, a stein-hoisting contest, food and raffles. The male and female who hold up their full beer steins the longest will be eligible for the finals at the Sam Adams Brewing Co. in Boston. The finalists will win a free trip to an Octoberfest in Germany next year. Tickets are available at Jokas’ Discount Beverage in Waterville, The Liberal Cup in Hallowell, Lisa’s Restaurant in Augusta and online at centralmainebrews.com.
Craft brew comes to Rockland
Rockland now has its own brew pub now that Rock Harbor, the Main Street pub and eatery, has unveiled its initial beer offerings. Owner Dan Pease has been planning to offer beer brewed in house ever since he opened two years ago, and over the first week of October began selling his three new brews: Batch 101, a farmhouse saison; Twin Screw, a pale ale; and Copper House Ale, an English bitter. Rock Harbor Brewing Company is located at 416 Main St. in downtown Rockland. It also offers burgers, wings, sandwiches and other pub fare.
Vielen Dank fur das Schnitzel
Cielos Mexican Grill, the popular food truck parked most days in the summer on Hogan Road in Bangor, is still open in the Kmart parking lot. Owners Kirsten and Chris Pilot have another food truck ready to open for the winter season near the end of October. Schnitzel’s Austrian Grill, featuring the Austrian cuisine Kirsten Pilot grew up cooking, will feature pretzels with mustard, bratwurst with sausages, apple pancakes and schnitzel — thinly sliced or pounded meat, breaded and pan-fried and served with a multitude of toppings. For information and the latest news on when it opens and where it will be parked, find Schnitzel’s on Facebook.
Harvest on the Harbor
Next week, Maine’s top chefs descend on Casco Bay for a four-day culinary extravaganza. Harvest on the Harbor, Wednesday, Oct. 24, through Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Ocean Gateway Pier in Portland unites 160 food, wine and beer makers. Find out who will be crowned lobster chef of the year and Maine’s best farm-to-table restaurant. A brews and blue barbecue festival, and a new international taste of the state’s most diverse fare round out this foodie event. The grand tasting starts at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24. Tickets are $65. The marketplace opens at noon Saturday. Tickets are $45. For information, call 772-4994 or visit harvestontheharbor.com.
This article contained an inaccuracy. Cielos Mexican Grill food truck is not closed for the season; it will remain open in the Kmart parking lot on Hogan Road indefinitely, along with Schnitzel’s Austrian Grill, the owners’ new food truck venture which will open later this year. Also, it is correctly called Cielos Mexican Grill, not Cielos Mexican Food Truck.