This was the fourth annual Maine Fare, Celebrating the Bounty of Maine. I went on Saturday in particular so that I could see a friend of mind during her cooking demo. She’s Kate Krukowski Gooding, author of “Black Fly Stew” and “Simple Gourmet Lamb”. Talk about timing, we got out of the car in the parking lot across the street and I immediately smelled curry and I love curry. We approached the tent in front of the Knox Mill, and there was Kate, making a lamb dish from her second cookbook – Grilled Indian Spiced Lamb with Lacha (onion and tomato salad). It smelled wonderful! She was just about to serve the samples to the crowd. It was so good that I made that dish on Sunday night for dinner. Thanks, Kate!
This was a happy taster after Kate gave her a lamb bone to chew on. Doesn’t this photo just say it all?
And this was Chef Justin Cherry of The Brooklin Inn. He made Halibut with Cauliflower puree, Tomatoes and Chantrelle mushrooms with White Truffle Oil and Tomato Foam. Now that smelled good, too.
Inside we enjoyed some wonderful samples from all over Maine. I bought some fantastic soft cheese with herbs from Longfellow’s Creamery (all certified organic products) and a fresh tomato sauce from The Heirloom Tomato Sauce Co. I tasted smoked trout from Ducktrap, enjoyed a surprisingly good and dry Viognier from Cellar Door, was in absolute chocolate heaven from some rich chocolate truffles by Black Dinah Chocolatiers. I’m glad I discovered Maine Fare. See you next year!