May 1, 2023

Abbe Museum Indian Market

After a three-year hiatus, the Abbe Museum Indian Market (AMIM) is set to return to Bar Harbor for the weekend of June 2 – 4, 2023. The first multi-day event of its kind in New England that invites Native American artists from across North America to participate, the market is modeled after markets like the Heard and Santa Fe (SWAIA). This multifaceted event will feature more than 50 Native artists working in forms that range from baskets and pottery to jewelry and sculpture. There will also be performances by storytellers and musicians, dances, and educational programs. Go to AMIM for more details.

Aroostook County Canoe Races

Aroostook County, or “The County” as it’s known, may be known for snowmobiling and a legendary potato crop, but it’s also host to some of the best canoe and kayak races in the state. A roster of friendly springtime competitions on the water begins with the 6.2-mile paddle on May 13 in Caribou. On May 14, the action moves to the Madawaska River Run on the Little Madawaska River. Paddlers head to Presque Isle on May 20 for the Aroostook River Fun Run Canoe Race, an eight-mile flatwater paddle. The spring races conclude on June 17 with the 9th annual Greater Grand Isle Flatwater Canoe & Kayak Race, a 10-mile paddle from Madawaska Boat Landing to Grand Isle Boat Landing on the St. John River.

Bowdoin International Music Festival

The Bowdoin International Music Festival has a full performance schedule this year from June 26 to August 4, 2023.  Each summer since 1964, the festival has welcomed renowned artists, instructors, performers, soloists, and gifted pre-professional classical musicians from around the world to Bowdoin College in Brunswick for six weeks of intensive chamber music study, collaboration, and performances. This year’s highlights include performances by Imani Winds, Aizuri Quartet, Ying Quartet, Jack Quartet, pianist Joyce Yang, violinist Kim Kashkashian and the Calder Quartet. Visit The Bowdoin International Music Festival for more info.

Portland Wine Week 2023

Portland Wine Week returns from June 12-18, 2023, with a packed schedule of wine-infused luncheons, brunches, dinners, wine pairings, sailings, and discussion panels. Participating restaurants include David’s Opus 10, Chaval, Solo Italiano, Twelve, and Sur Lie. There are a variety of wine sailings from Wine Wise on offer, such as a cruise on the 74-foot Frances for oyster tasting and wine pairings and another sailing with a Tuscan wine tasting in Casco Bay. Visit Portland Wine Week for details.

Monson’s The Quarry Nominated for a James Beard Award

The Quarry, a fine dining restaurant in Monson, has moved on to become a finalist this year for the prestigious James Beard Awards. The restaurant, owned by Marilou Ranta has been nominated in the Outstanding Hospitality category and was the only one of 11 Maine Beard nominees to advance to this stage. The Quarry opened in 2018 in this small Piscataquis County town known as a stop for through-hikers on the Appalachian Trail, where Ranta serves inventive American cuisine with some unusual twists, influenced by her childhood in Mindanao in the Philippines.

Maine’s Food Festivals

Maine has some of the best local food festivals in the country, celebrating the bounty of the land and the sea and honoring Maine-grown foods like potatoes, blueberries, maple syrup, and the harvest of the sea. Maine’s fresh clams highlight the Yarmouth Clam Festival and the world’s biggest celebration of lobster is the Maine Lobster Festival in Rockland, while Eastport honors the local catch at their annual Salmon and Seafood Festival on Passamaquoddy Bay. Maine-centric treats are featured at events like the Moxie Festival and the Maine Whoopie Pie Festival. All hail the tiny blue fruit at the Machias Wild Blueberry Festival, and in honor of Aroostook County’s famous crop, all things potato is celebrated at the Maine Potato Blossom Festival. Go to Visit Maine for more on the state’s food festivals.

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