“LAUNCH! A Maritime Festival” returns to the Maine Coast villages of Kennebunkport, Kennebunk, and Arundel to celebrate the culinary and seafaring history of the area with countless events from June 15 to 18, 2017. This kick-off to summer brings incredible events to the area and celebrates this stunning seashore!
Kennebunkport’s connection to the sea has been a strong one, that has influenced local culture and cuisine (mmmm!). Last year’s visitors loved the classic lobster bake, and the Clam Jam and Cook-Off brought lots of fun and great food. Friday evening means a festival for clam cakes at the Seafood Center of Maine (just over the border in Arundel). On Saturday afternoon, though, area chefs will whip up local Maine ingredients into gourmet meals and in a “Chopped” style contest, one will be crowned winner! No culinary celebration in the area would be complete without tours of Kennebunkport Brewing Company (just below Federal Jack’s Brew Pub). But don’t miss out on the best view of Kennebunkport’s marinas from Federal Jack’s balconies – it’s the perfect spot to grab a chowder, a locally crafted beer, and a lobster roll!
LAUNCH! has paired with the local historical and preservation societies to offer guided walking tours of the area, costumed characters throughout the Historic District, and the traditional Blessing of the Fleet. Best of all, though, are the on-the-water activities including a sunset boat parade and a “Rock the Boat After Party” on the water for a rockin’ good time!
At the Maine Stay Inn, we’ll have all hands on deck for your exclusive tour of our very own widow’s walk! Sea captain Melville Walker made the Maine Stay his home for decades and nicknamed his widow’s walk “the candy cupola” because it was often used for pulling saltwater taffy for his children. During your personal guided tour, you’ll be treated to a selection locally made salt water taffy! Your gourmet breakfast will feature other local favorites each morning like Maine blueberries and maple syrup. But one thing’s for sure – LAUNCH! is an incredible summer festival that kicks off summer on the Kennebunkport Maine Coast!