Top Bites from the 2014 Kennebunkport Festival (Slideshow)

The quaint coastal community showcased its finest culinary offerings
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Both the POP The Kennebunks and the Grand Tapas Party were held under this tent, which was located on a rock right in the heart of Dock Square. 

The Main Tent

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Both the POP The Kennebunks and the Grand Tapas Party were held under this tent, which was located on a rock right in the heart of Dock Square. 

Lobster Crostini with Marinated Vegetables and Sofrito

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Served by chef Brandon Blethen of Robert’s Maine Grill

Sauerbraten Hand Pie

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With German potato salad, from Little Bigs Bakery’s James Plunkett and Pamela Fitzpatrick Plunkett

Leonardo’s Hamburger

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A slider made with veal and prosciutto, topped with fontina and Spanish onion, from M.C. Spiedo’s Mark Gaier and Clark Frasier

Chile-Dusted Grilled Shrimp with Carrot Tequila Vinaigrette

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From Zapoteca Restaurante Y Tequileria’s Shannon Bard

Gravlax Open-Faced Sandwich

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Housemade gravlax on brown bread with caper brown butter mayo and pickled onions, by Portland Hunt & Alpine Club’s chef Ricky Penatzer (they also served a killer punch made with aquavit, tea, and lime.

The Grand Tapas Party

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The previous dishes were all served during the Grand Tapas Party, a low-key tasting with plenty of food and wine to go around. 

Dock Square

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Walking around Dock Square is like taking a trip back in time.

Dock Square

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The backside of the numerous shops directly face out onto the water. 

The Clam Shack

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One of America’s best lobster rolls is served at the Clam Shack, a literal shack located right on Dock Square. The cold, fresh  lobster can be dressed with either butter or mayo, and is served on a soft roll from a local bakery instead of the traditional hot dog bun. 


Mabel’s Lobster Claw

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Located right on the water about a half-mile from Dock Square, Mabel’s Lobster Claw is an under-the-radar seafood shack that’s one of the best around. Lobster rolls are world-class, as are the clam rolls, pictured, which are shucked and fried to order and served with homemade tartar sauce. 

Charcuterie

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At the private dinner held at the Spenlinhauer residence, Lyon-born chef Fred Eliot served a selection of scratch-made charcuterie, including duck liver mousse and pâté de Campagne. 

Duck

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For the entrée, roasted Long Island duck was served with fresh spring vegetables. 

Brews and Tunes

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The Kennebunkport Conservation Trust allowed the historic Green at the Captain Lord Mansion to be used for the Brews and Tunes event, which involved several live acts, a beer tent with plenty of Sam Adams, and several food trucks.

Mansions

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The houses in the vicinity of the Captain Lord Mansion are some of the best-preserved 1700s mansions on the Eastern seaboard. 

Grand Finale

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Held at chef David Turin’s David’s KPT, the Grand Finale showcased great views of the marina, stellar passed hors d’oeuvres, and a full open bar. 

Raw Bar

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The raw bar at the Grand Finale offered fresh local oysters, clams, and gigantic shrimp cocktail.