The Blue Hill Peninsula's 9th Annual Fall Festival

The Blue Hill Peninsula’s  9th Annual Fall Festival will begin on Friday, October 10 and end on Sunday, October 19th.  These 10 days offer a wonderful opportunity to explore local agriculture, restaurants, arts and, of course, the fall foliage – and there’s something for everyone!

The Blue Hill Peninsula Chamber of Commerce will host its signature fundraiser, ‘Taste of the Peninsula’ at Mainescape Garden Shop in Blue Hill on Sunday, October 12th from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.   Sixteen (and counting!) local food, beer and wine purveyors will be sampling creations from their own kitchens & breweries.  Strong Brewing of Sedgwick will be there with their award-winning array of craft brews, and DeepWater Brewing, Maine’s only solar-powered brewery will also offer up their signature brews.  The Blue Hill Wine Shop and Black Dinah Chocolatiers will continue their tradition of showcasing fall specialties.    Attendees can also show off their own cooking skills by entering the annual Chowder Contest!   And  while parents are absorbed by the many things to see, smell and taste, children can enjoy their own program in the children’s area, nestled among the trees.  The Bay School, a Waldorf-inspired K-8th grade school in Blue Hill, will host games and fun things to do for the younger crowd.         

On Saturday, October 18th, the town of Castine hosts its 1st Pumpkin Fest from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. The day begins early, with a Pancake Breakfast at 8 a.m. at Castine’s Trinitarian Church at 8 a.m.  After breakfast, visitors can take a walk around town and down to the waterfront before the day’s events literally get rolling at 10 a.m. with all manner of pumpkin related fun!  There will be a pumpkin propelling contest, in which local schools engineer a device to propel their pumpkin into the harbor, children of all ages can participate in a pumpkin roll and obstacle course, and they can of course, decorate their pumpkins.  Guests of all ages are invited to participate in a pumpkin cooking contest.  The festival also hosts a Beer Garden, food and craft vendors, and a hole-in-one contest up on the golf course.  And-admission is free!

To kick off the festivities, chef Devin Finigan of Aragosta will offer two evenings of wine dinners on Friday, Oct 10th and Saturday, Oct 11th.   Details still in the works!  Rounding things out on Friday and Saturday, October 17th and 18th, El El Frijoles, the Blue Hill Inn and The Blue Hill Wine shop will join forces and deliver a 5-course dinner with wine pairings. Seating at 6:30- come enjoy the local fall bounty!  

On Saturday and Sunday, October 11 and 12, the Peninsula Potters will host their 12th Annual Studio Tour and Sale from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day. Mark Bell of Mark Bell Pottery will host a kiln opening at 10 a.m on Saturday the 11th. It is always exciting to get a a first look at Mark’s vibrantly colored, graceful porcelain pieces.

Homewood Farm’s Corn Maze will be open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and also on Columbus Day.  The pumpkin patch will be open for picking as well!

Throughout the 10 days of Fall Festival,  enjoy the great outdoors and work up an appetite by hiking around any of the peninsula’s 18 designated trail & recreation areas, from the Kingdom Wood Conservation area in Blue Hill to the Hundred Acre Wood in Brooklin. On your way down,  stop at the Blue Hill Heritage Trust for a complete map of hiking trails.

The week of Fall Festival also marks the transition from the summer farmers market to the winter market, and for the peninsula’s farming community, this signal that a slower season is coming.  On Saturday, October 11th, the last summer market will be held at the Blue Hill Fairgrounds from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The following Saturday, October 18th, the Local Food Exchange  begins at Mainescapes, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. The Local Food Exchange runs every Saturday until Memorial Day.