Who is the fastest clam shucker in Maine? Find out Saturday, when a handful of clammers and celebrities shuck their hearts out at the 49th annual Yarmouth Clam Fest.
This year’s talents, Jackie Ward and Amanda Hill of WCSH TV and Patty Wight and Robin Rilette of MPBN, will try there best to out shuck the pros at 11 a.m. when the Maine State Clam Shucking Contest begins.
After the shell-off, festival attendees can dig into fried clams, lobster rolls, shore dinners, homemade pies, strawberry shortcake and a host of other Maine-centric, homemade fare. But don’t forget to wash it down with the clam fest’s signature drink: lime rickey.
Throughout the weekend there will be races, fireworks, craft shows, a carnival and a performance by The Mallet Brothers Band; but let’s face it, this is all about the briny bivalves. BYOB, bring your own bib.
Events will run Friday-Sunday, July 18-20, at Yarmouth Town Center. www.clamfestival.com
Twilight dinners light up the summer
Cultivating Community of Portland hosts its first community dinner of the season Thursday at Urban Farm Fermentory in swinging East Bayside. The urban grazing dinner, featuring seasonal tapas and local cider and kombucha, will be orchestrated by chef Brad Messier of Rosemont Market Productions. The rest of the summer the series, which features produce grown by immigrants and young farmers, will be held at Turkey Hill Farm in Cape Elizabeth. Popular restaurant chefs and local brewers unite to serve tasty pairings under sweeping trees in a flowering field. And you can’t beat the ambiance.
Thursday, 6:30 p.m., 200 Anderson St., $40, www.cultivatingcommunity.org or call 207-650-8889 for tickets.
Be the best at lobster
Maine Lobsterpalooza in Rockland is still two months away — in September, to be exact — but organizers have put out the call for chefs interested in competing in the main event at the five-day crustacean celebration: the annual lobster macaroni and cheese competition. Amateurs and professionals alike are encouraged to contact organizer Marilyn Quinn at 350-0118 to sign up for a spot. The mac-and-cheese competition will be held at 2 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Rockland Elks Club. The general public can come and taste the submissions — as well as other lobster treats — with $10 admission.
Complied by Kathleen Pierce and Emily Burnham