Calendar of Events in Camden

"Christmas by the Sea" Weekend

Event date/time:  Friday, November 30, 2018 through Sunday, December 2, 2018

Christmas by the Sea is a December tradition in Camden that kicks off the holiday season, eagerly anticipated by families both near and far. This year is no exception: plans include a holiday parade, stores open late with ongoing sales, carriage rides, a tree-lighting in Harbor Park, carolers, the "real Santa”, and many crafts, fairs and activities throughout the Mid-coast communities.  Find the full schedule of events here.

Location Address: Camden, ME

Contact Website: www.camdenmaineexperience.com

Holiday Hors d' Oeuvres Cooking Class

Event date/time: Saturday, December 8, 2018 and Sunday, December 9, 2018 / 1-3pm

Having a holiday party? Re-create these Hors d’Oeuvres that Chef Michael has created for the holiday season.  Class will start with Key Lime Martinis and follow with: Phyllo-Wrapped Lamb Chops with a Rosemary-Mustard Aioli, Funchi Rounds with Maine Lobster, Spicy Beef Toasts with a Smoked Tomato Confit, Black Pepper Almonds, and Onion-Sage and Olive Tartlets.Classes are informative, entertaining, and of course, filled with delicious food. 

Location: Hartstone Inn, Camden, ME

 

 

"Gardens a Glow" at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Event date/time: November 15, 2018 - December 31, 2018
                             Thursdays through Sundays, 4-9 p.m.   (Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve)

Visit the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay for "Gardens a Glow" - the biggest and brightest light display in Maine! With over 500,000 energy efficient LED lights decorating over 14 acres of their central gardens, it is a special event for couples, friends or the whole family. From the lights, to the s’mores pit, popcorn stand and special art exhibits, Gardens Aglow has something for everyone. Experience the magic!!

Location Address: Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay, ME

Contact Website: www.mainegardens.org

 

 

"French Specialties" Cooking Class at the Hartstone Inn

Event date/time: Saturday, January 5, 2019 and Sunday, January 6, 2019 / 1-3pm

Chef Michael is leading Culinary Adventure Tours to the Loire Valley in France. Get a sneak peak into some of his favorite French dishes that he prepares at the Chateau near Chambord.  Class will start off with a Mushroom and Duck Crêpe, followed by a Carrot Soup with Nutmeg Croutons and a Dill Cream. For a main course, we will make Salmon “Polonaise” with a Lemon Sauce and finish the class with an Apple and Pecan Tarte Tatin.  Classes are informative, entertaining, and of course, filled with delicious food. 

Location: Hartstone Inn, Camden, ME

 

 

"Caribbean Cuisine II" Cooking Class at the Hartstone Inn

Event date/time: Saturday, January 19, 2019 and Sunday, January 20, 2019 / 1-3pm

Chef Michael was named Caribbean Chef of the year in 1996. Join in preparing some of his favorite dishes and creations using Tropical Fruits and local ingredients. We will start with a Coconut-Mango Mojito and follow with: Annatto Grilled Shrimp with a Pineapple-Avocado Salsa, Coconut-Steamed Mussels, Caribbean-Seared Tenderloin of Pork, and Fried Bananas with Lychees and Papaya.  Classes are informative, entertaining, and of course, filled with delicious food.

Location: Hartstone Inn, Camden, ME

 

 

 

"Asian Flavors" Cooking Class at the Hartstone Inn

Event date/time: Saturday, February 2, 2019 and Sunday, February 3, 2019 / 1-3pm

After taking Chef Michael’s class Asian Flavors at the Hartstone Inn, not only will you be able to spoil yourself with Asian fare anytime you want to, but you can impress your friends with a themed dinner party. With a few basics under your belt from an experienced chef, you should be prepared to begin (or continue) your journey through Asian cuisine’s modern and traditional styles. Get advice from Michael on equipment, techniques, resources, basic sauces, and pairings.  Menu includes Sweet and Sour Pork with Fresh Fruit and Steamed Rice, Lobster Pot Stickers with a Ginger-Sesame Dipping Sauce, Steamed Vegetable Buns and Grilled Thai Beef Salad with Bibb Lettuce and Spearmint.  Classes are informative, entertaining, and of course, filled with delicious food.

Location: Hartstone Inn, Camden, ME

 

 

U.S. Toboggan National Championships

Event date/time:  Friday, February 8, 2018 - Sunday, February 10, 2019

Toboggan races at the Camden Snow Bowl draw participants and spectators from around the world for this unique event that has been going strong for 28 years now. A field of up to 425 teams will race for the fastest times down the 400-foot-long wooden toboggan chute, which dates back to 1936, and fly across frozen Hosmer Pond to fantastic finishes.

Location Address: Camden Snow Bowl, Camden

Contact Website: www.camdensnowbowl.com

 

"More Pasta Favorites" at the Hartstone Inn

Event date/time: Saturday, February 23, 2019 and Sunday, February 24, 2019 / 1-3pm

Learn how to make pasta in your own kitchen. Techniques include making the dough, coloring and flavoring different pastas, rolling out and cutting various shapes of pasta, filling pastas such as raviolis and tortellini and cooking pasta.  Specific dishes include: Spinach Fettuccine Puttanesca with Shrimp, Farfalle with fresh Tomato, Basil and Roasted Garlic, Green Pea Ravioli with Lemon and Olive Oil and Potato Gnocchi with Lobster and Asparagus.  Classes are informative, entertaining, and of course, filled with delicious food.

Location: Hartstone Inn, Camden, ME

 

 

"Maine Seafood II" Cooking Class at the Hartstone Inn

Event date/time: Saturday, March 9, 2019 and Sunday, March 10, 2019 / 1-3pm

From the bounty of Maine waters comes some of the best seafood in the world. In this course, we will be showcasing that bounty with styles from around the globe.  Recipes will include Halibut Tapenade (Papillote demonstration), Scallop Terrine with a Roasted Pepper Coulis, Seared Cod Fillet with White Beans, Shrimp and a Chorizo Broth and Red Curry of Maine Lobster with Snow Peas and Pineapple.  Classes are informative, entertaining, and of course, filled with delicious food.

Location: Hartstone Inn, Camden, ME

 

 

"Travel to Tuscany" Cooking Class at the Hartstone Inn

Event date/time: Saturday, March 23, 2019 and Sunday, March 24, 2019 / 1-3pm

If you can’t join Chef Michael in Italy for one of his Foodie Adventures, then come to Camden and experience some of his favorite Tuscan dishes. Class will begin with a hearty Tuscan Onion Soup with a Pecorino Crust followed by handmade Pici Pasta with a Pork Ragu. Next, participants will stuff Chicken with Prosciutto, Fontina Cheese and Sage and then finish things off with an Almond-Ricotta Semifreddo.  Classes are informative, entertaining, and of course, filled with delicious food!

Location: Hartstone Inn, Camden, ME

 

"Sous Vide – Provençal Cuisine" Cooking Class at the Harstone Inn

Event date/time: Saturday, April 6, 2019 and Sunday, April 7, 2019 / 1-3pm

Sous Vide cooking is just starting to take off with home cooks, and this course will introduce you to the equipment, concepts and basic techniques needed to get you started.  Recipes from Chef Michael's Foodie Trip to Provence will be featured and include: Chicken Breast with a Foie Gras-Fig Cream and Herbed New Potatoes, Olive Oil-Poached Salmon with Roasted Peppers, Provençal Vegetables, Beef Tenderloin with a Ratatouille Butter and Creme Brûlée.  Classes are informative, entertaining, and of course, filled with delicious food!

Location: Hartstone Inn, Camden, ME

"Lots'a of Lobster II" Cooking Class at the Hartstone Inn

Event date/time: Saturday, April 13, 2019 and Sunday, April 14, 2019 / 1-3pm

A trip to Maine should be based around eating as much lobster as one can. This class will help you achieve that goal!  Chef Michael will share his techniques for cooking and “breaking down” lobsters, and guide you through four very diverse preparations: Lobster and Asparagus Quiche, Corn and Lobster Chowder with Crisp Bacon, Potato Gnocchi with Lobster and Wild Mushrooms and Baked Artichoke with Maine Lobster and a Yogurt-Feta Cheese Dip.  Classes are informative, entertaining, and of course, filled with delicious food!

Location: Hartstone Inn, Camden, ME

 

Haute Chinese Cooking Class at the Hartstone Inn

Event date/time: Saturday, June 1, 2019 and Sunday, June 2, 2019 / 1-3pm

Classical Chinese Dishes prepared and presented in a more “gourmet” style.  Dishes include: Kung Pao Shrimp, Cashew Chicken, Sweet and Sour Pork, Crispy Whole Fish with Spicy Vegetables and Garlic and Steamed Rice.  Dishes will be prepared in a steel wok set over the gas range, and basic wok techniques will be covered.  Classes are informative, entertaining, and of course, filled with delicious food!

Location: Hartstone Inn, Camden, ME