An Array of Tantalizing Tastes Available at Eastport Salmon Festival

By Lura Jackson

 

The 31st annual Eastport Salmon Festival is scheduled for this weekend, offering community members the opportunity to sample locally-made seafood delicacies and beverages and to enjoy a range of art- and industry-themed activities.

Saturday, September 1st – Artisanal treats

Saturday begins the festival with a range of activities to consider. Local food and craft vendor exhibits will be on display along Water Street between Washington Street and Bank Square from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., while a farmers’ market offering fresh local produce will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. by the post office.

As its name implies, food is a major feature of the Salmon Festival, but the namesake fish is far from the only dish available. Saturday’s offerings, which begin at noon and include fresh crabmeat rolls sold by The First Church ladies, and soups, chowders and stews made with care by local chefs, are all available under the downtown tents. Oysters on the half shell, local brews and wine, and Shantytown Rum will all be available for sale and occasionally for sampling throughout the early afternoon. Diners will be serenaded by music from area musicians from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

As has been the case in the past, the festival incorporates several events that encourage an artistic flair. Saturday, September 1st is the 20th annual Paint Eastport Day, meaning artists will be seen around the coastal village capturing its more memorable scenes in their personal form of art from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration for those interested in participating can be accomplished at the Eastport Arts Center. A silent auction and reception for the paintings will be held at the arts center from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Kids can get their own crafting done at the Peavey Library from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Salmon Sunday

Those with a yen for salmon and a curiosity to match it will take great pleasure in Salmon Sunday, which includes a hallmark Salmon Dinner served under tents adjacent to the fisherman statue downtown. A locally-raised salmon fillet served with a unique Raye’s mustard salmon sauce is part of the meal, along with rosemary roasted potatoes, locally-sourced greens and blueberry desserts. The $16 ticket price for the meal includes a boat tour of the salmon facilities at Cooke Aquaculture, conducted by Dave Morang.

Aside from the salmon feast, attendees on Sunday will be able to browse the food and craft vendors throughout the day while local musicians once again offer a musical accompaniment. Other activities include a tour of the largest indoor lobster tank on the Atlantic Coast, educational exhibits and more.

 

For a full schedule, visit eastportchamber.net/eastportsalmonfest online and see their ad on page 3 of this week's paper.