Tempt Your Tastebuds!

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Lobster Dinner

Pack in the fun on the layover day, then rejoin BikeMaine at the beer and wine garden Thursday evening beginning at 5:00 p.m. at the harbor front tent adjacent to the pedestrian bridge in downtown Boothbay Harbor.  The town will be operating a complimentary shuttle from the BikeMaine Village.  There will be two seatings for the lobster bake: 5:30 and 6:15 p.m.

The traditional lobster dinner includes lobster and clams (hearty vegetable chowder for vegetarians); corn on the cob;  potato, eggs, and onions; autumn beet and vegetable salad with blue cheese; penne pasta and green beans with pesto; blueberry cake with ice cream.  If you want to purchase a second lobster ($10) or a guest ticket ($25), you must make arrangements  at the check in on September 6th in Westbrook.


Oysters!

And speaking of the lobster bake, the dinner in Boothbay Harbor on September 11 begins with a real BikeMaine treat: Mook Sea Farms will be hosting an oyster bar featuring their incredibly delicious oysters, cultured nearby in the Damariscotta River!  Sold as “Wiley Points” (big) “Pemaquid Points” (medium), and “Wiley Petites” (small) these oysters are firm, full of flavor and known for their salty taste.  The oysters are grown in ‘OysterGro’ cages, floating just below the surface, helping to control predators and minimize fouling.  You will not believe how tasty, clean and satisfying these oysters are!!

Founded in 1985, Mook Sea Farms rears the American oyster (Crassotsrea virginica) from egg to adult size.  Along with the cultivation of Wiley and Pemaquid Points for the half-shell market, the hatchery produces 80 to 100 million juvenile oyster seeds for sale to other oyster growers throughout the Mid-Atlantic and the Northeast.  Thirty years of research have led to naturally grown juvenile oyster seeds that are reliably disease free and disease resistant.

Damariscotta is becoming known as a major source of high-quality, gourmet oysters nationwide.  BikeMaine is thrilled Mook Sea Farms is providing this special opportunity for riders to sample this unique Maine delicacy and we thank them for their generosity!


Lunch Communities

On each day of riding, lunch will be provided in one of Maine’s warm and welcoming small towns.  Service organizations in each community have banded together to create a meal from their local harvest and will use the proceeds from the luncheon to support a local project.  They are proud and pleased to be a part of BikeMaine and grateful for the opportunity to introduce their town to people from around the world.

The lunch communities and venues for BikeMaine 2014 are:

  • Casco: Casco Recreation Center, raising money for the Maine Maniacs Basketball Club,  the premier AAU and YBOA girls basketball program in the state of Maine.
  • Monmouth: Monmouth Fire Department, where Monmouth Lions are raising money in order to feed community members in need, provide scholarships for high school graduates, and conduct vision screening for school children and pay for eyeglasses for those in need.
  • Sidney: New England Music Camp, where a number of community organizations are working in concert to raise money to support the Sidney Grange Restoration Project.
  • Newcastle: Second Congregational Church, raising money for the Ecumenical Youth Group, a community-wide youth group dedicated to supporting fellowship and community service for teenages.
  • Dresden: Goranson Farm, where the farm-to-table luncheon put on by the Bath Farmer’s Market will support their Electronic Balance Transfer Program, an incentive program to help SNAP/food stamp recipients maximize their monthly benefits when purchasing fresh, local in-season food.
  • Westbrook: The farewell luncheon at IDEXX Laboratories, put on by local restaurateur James Tranchemontange, will benefit the Westbrook My Place Teen Center, which provides a safe place for 10- to 18-year-olds to hang out after school, have dinner, get help with homework and participate in community service.

Locals Brews on Tap!

Maine is home to 53 breweries, with 5 more scheduled to open in 2014. According to a recent study by the University of Maine, Maine’s breweries sold $92.6M worth of craft beer in 2013, while employing nearly 1,500 workers. Maine is home to the fifth highest number of breweries per capita in the US, with 4.7 breweries per 100,000 adults. All this is good news for the beer lovers in the group. The BikeMaine beer gardens will feature a different local craft beer each afternoon, so you’ll have the chance to try favorites from a number of local breweries, including Sebago Brewery, Boothbay Craft Brewery, Shipyard Brewing Company, Allegash Brewery and Geary’s. Not a beer drinker? Not to worry! The beer gardens will also be selling local wines, and there will be non-alcoholic beverages for sale as well.


 

Bring IDs and cash for Beer Gardens

In order to be guaranteed that you can purchase beer and wine in the BikeMaine beer gardens, please make sure you have identification on you when ordering and cash for paying for your drinks.


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