Portland’s Harvest on the Harbor mixes it up this fall

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Last year’s lobster chef of the year Chris Long with emcee Michele Ragussis.

Who will be crowned lobster chef of the year? Crustacean king? Top claw?

We will have to wait till fall when food-and-wine chow-down Harvest on the Harbor opens for its seventh season in Portland Oct. 22 and 25.

Tickets went on sale Thursday for the gustatory gangplank of Maine cuisine, chefs and world class wine. This year Harvest on the Harbor has a spiffy new website and another day to indulge.

Things get going early on Wednesday when a roster of (as yet unnamed) chefs take to the Merrill Auditorium stage to present a locally sourced feast paired with beer, wine and spirits aplenty. Sommelier Erica Archer of Wine Wise emcees the dinner, which promises to be a show stopper.

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Another change occurs at the signature event — the lobster chef competition held on Ocean Gateway.

Instead of four chefs throwing down innovative lobster-forward entrees, a wider field of contestants will create small bites for fest-goers, who, along with a panel of judges, vote for the best creation. Last year Chris Long of Natalies in Camden KO’d his former boss Jon Gaboric for the title. Eerily, the latter soon disappeared from the scene.

Yes it’s a cutthroat food world out there and this event is HIGH stakes. The grand tasting and brews, booze and blues return, but sadly top of the crop has been scratched.

Kerry Altiero aced this farm-to-table chef off last yearWe hope the witty, two-time Harvest on the Harbor winner returns. This event run by the Greater Portland Convention and Visitors Bureau is not just good food, it’s better entertainment.

Tickets can be purchased here www.harvestontheharbor.com. More details to come.

Kathleen Pierce

About Kathleen Pierce

A lifelong journalist with a deep curiosity for what's next. Interested in food, culture, trends and the thrill of a good scoop. BDN features reporter based in Portland since 2013.