Cape Elizabeth picks food vendors for Fort Williams

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CAPE ELIZABETH — Five vendors have been selected to sell food at Fort Williams Park this summer.

Park visitors will be able to buy lobster cakes and lobster rolls, hot dogs, turkey dogs, salads, sandwiches, snacks, chips and beverages between May 1 and Oct. 31.

Town Manager Mike McGovern said there were 13 applications submitted to the town by the April 8 deadline. From those proposals he and Public Works Director Bob Malley and two members of the Fort Williams Advisory Commission, Bill Brownell and Erin Grady, selected the five vendors.

The vendors can set up shop as soon as May 1.

Gordo’s Lobster Cakes, run by Carolyn and Gordon Smith of Cape Elizabeth, will serve lobster cakes, lobster rolls, chips and popcorn. Carolyn Smith said they served food from a cart on Commercial Street in Portland last year.

They will serve from May 1 through Aug. 31 near the park’s bus drop-off area.

“We are excited to have the chance to work at Fort Williams,” Smith said.

Cape resident Carl Dittrich will sell lobster rolls, coffee, doughnuts, cookies chips and beverages. His business is the Atlantic Cookie Co.

Dittrich said running a food cart is a new venture for him. He will also use the site near the bus drop-off area, but his permit is from Sept. 1 through Oct. 31.

“There’s a lot to do, but I’m excited about it,” he said.

South Portland resident Frank Marston will sell hot dogs, turkey kielbasa, hot and cold sandwiches, snacks and beverages from his cart, Frank’s Franks. He converted a 1960 Cushman Meter Maid vehicle into a food cart and sold hot dogs last summer near Bug Light in South Portland.

“I want to be a good ambassador for this piece of the world, for Fort Williams Park,” he said. “The vendors will have a chance to make some money, have fun and provide goodwill to visitors for the good of the town.”

Marston will have a location near the walkway from Battery Blair to Portland Head Light from May 1 though Aug. 31.

Trish Kincade of Kennebunk will occupy the same space from Sept. 1 through Oct. 31. Her business is Dory Dogs, featuring French hot dogs and crepes, fruit and cold beverages.

Karl and Sarah Sutton of South Portland will serve “Mainecentric” food – lobster rolls, Moxie, hot dogs and chips and ice cream – near the flagpole from May 1 to Oct. 31.

Amy Anderson can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or Follow her on Twitter: @amy_k_anderson