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The third annual Taste of Brunswick is scheduled for Saturday, June 18, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m on the downtown Mall. More than a dozen restaurants will showcase their specialties and offer chowder, lobster, pulled pork, sushi and more. There will be live music, and Sea Dog Restaurant will provide beer and wine. Advance tickets for the event are $5 and available online or at The College Store, the Brunswick Downtown Association office, Midcoast Hunger Prevention, Key Bank and the Brunswick Visitor Center at Brunswick Station. Tickets are $7 at the gate and free for children 12 and under. Food tickets will be sold in $1 increments at the event. A portion of the proceeds will support Midcoast Hunger Prevention and the Brunswick Downtown Association.
Ariel’s Hummus, owned by Ariel Glazer, serves Middle Eastern cuisine at the Public Market House, 28 Monument Square, in Portland on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Customers can try freshly made hummus, falafel, Israeli salads and pita bread. For more information, call 671-5808 or email ArielsHummus@gmail.com.
The Back Cove Eatery has recently opened at 89 Ocean Ave., in Portland Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Exchange Street Cafe opened at 7 Exchange St. in Portland and is owned by the Petrucci family. For more information, call 541-9040.
On Wednesday, June 15, bartenders from a variety of Portland restaurants will compete in a happy hour event to benefit the Red Cross Disaster Fund. The infusathon is from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. and costs $15. Participants will taste vodka infusions at different downtown Portland restaurants and vote for their favorite. Bartenders from restaurants including Nosh, 551 Congress St.; Sonny’s, 83 Exchange St.; Grill Room, 84 Exchange St., David’s, 22 Monument Square; Armory Lounge at 20 Milk St.; and The Salt Exchange, 245 Commercial St. will compete for the title Infusion Champion. To purchase tickets, visit brownpapertickets.com or call 775-2126 for more information.
Gritty McDuff’s now sells growlers – refillable containers of draft beer available for carryout – in Portland at 396 Fore St., Lower Main Street in Freeport, and 86 Main St. in Auburn. A Gritty’s Growler is a 64-ounce glass jug that can be filled and reused. It costs $15.99 to fill and purchase the jug and $11.99 to refill with any beer on tap at Gritty’s.
Sebago Brewing Co. is has moved to 211 Fore St. in Portland, in the soon-to-open Hampton Inn. The brewery’s restaurant, White Cap Grille, is now hiring. Sebago also released a new single-batch beer, Trekker Pale Ale. The beer was brewed during the second annual fundraiser Brewing For A Cause to support Trek Across Maine. Trekker Pale Ale, an American pale ale, is available through June and July on draft at Sebago locations in Portland, Scarborough, Gorham and Kennebunk. It will also be available on draft in bars, pubs, taverns, restaurants and in 22-ounce bottles at beer retailers.
Provisions Wine & Cheese moved from Pleasant Street in Brunswick to 97 South Freeport Road. Provisions offers breakfast, lunch and dinner to eat in or take out for picnics, boating, camping or home. Visit them on Facebook, Twitter or call 865-4230.
Sandra Garson of West Bath recently updated her 1991 book, “Maine Farmer’s Market,” and is selling it at local book stores, cooking stores and farmer’s markets. The new version, “How to Fix a Leek and Other Food from Your Farmer’s Market,” offers readers information on how to identify, select and prepare items found at local farmer’s markets. The book is available at Gulf of Maine in Brunswick, the Book Review in Falmouth, Now You’re Cookin’ in Bath and Longfellow Books in Portland. Garson will speak about the book at Borders, 147 Bath Road, in Brunswick from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 4. Visit her blog at tastewright.blogspot.com.
Bow Street Market, 79 Bow St., Freeport, reopened on Tuesday, May 24. There will be a ribbon cutting on June 10 and grand opening activities on June 11 and 12. The new space is three times as large as the original store and will continue to focus on local products.