Bethel Harvestfest & Chowdah Cookoff

Celebrate the harvest and the beginning of fall foliage season with arts, crafts, music, a farmers’ market, an apple pie contest, and much more on the town common of Bethel, Maine's most beautiful mountain village.

​Don’t miss the Chowdah Cookoff – hundreds of hungry tasters line up as many of your favorite restaurants vie for Peoples’ or Judges’ Choice!

Always the third Saturday in September.

 

Bethel Harvestfest & Chowdah Cookoff

On and Around the Village Common

Saturday, September 16

9:00 am-4:00 pm
Arts, crafts, music, food, and farmers’ market on the town common

8:00 am until they’re gone!
Cookie walk to benefit West Bethel Union Church.

9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Chainsaw carving demo with Ron Carlson on the lawn next to the Bethel Historical Society.

10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Museums of the Bethel Historical Society open
O'Neal Robinson House
Museum shop open
contemporary photography exhibit "Places of Memory" by Danna Brown Nickerson
Bethel in the Civil War exhibit
Maine ski history exhibit
Dr. Moses Mason House
"The Painter's Perspective: Artists Among the White Hills," an exhibition and sale of contemporary White Mountain landscapes in the Hudson River School tradition by over a dozen outstanding artists.
Tours of period rooms (1-4pm)
Cider pressing

​10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Kids’ activities at the Hancock Lumber tent

11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Loaded baked potatoes and goodies off the grill for sale at the chamber’s booth next to the gazebo.

11:00 am - 4:00 pm
A Harvest of Local Talent - Live music at the gazebo
11:00 ~ 12:15 Paul Cormier & Points North fiddlers
12:30 ~ 1:20 Davy Sturtevant
1:35 - 3:45 Pete Coolidge and the Acoustipalians

11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Appearances by Oakie the Acorn and free samples from Oakhurst

12:00 pm CHOWDAH IS SERVED!

Buy your bracelets from volunteers circulating through the line.
Chowder + drink: $10
Chowder + drink + slice of apple pie a la mode: $13
Kids’ price chowder + drink: $5
Individual sample: $2

12:00 pm ’till it’s gone
Apple pie slices on sale. Grab a slice a la mode! (To participate in apple pie contest judging, drop your pie off at the chamber’s tent before 11:00 a.m.) SIGN UP HERE!

12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Free horse-drawn wagon rides leaving from the corner next to the Chapman Inn

2:00 pm
Chowdah cookoff and apple pie contest winners announced!

Local Food Tour
Edible Bethel - Community volunteers have teamed up with Bethel village businesses and organizations to create themed planter boxes and gardens to offer accessible food for the education and enjoyment of all. Stroll, admire, and pick! View map
The Gardens of Nabos - 2 Mechanic St. Inside you'll find wonderful gifts, clothing, & home decor, outside check out and pick from Amanda's extensive vegetable gardens and fruit trees!
Farm vendors on the town common: Abbott's Family Farm (veggies & maple syrup), Kangas Farm (apples and cider), Blue Moose Farm (jams, salsas, herbs), Grey Goose Gourmet (pepper jellies), Back To Roots (gourmet popcorn), Merrily's Homemade Joys (goats' milk soaps, etc.)
Bethel Farmers' Market - 9am-noon next to Norway Savings Bank on Parkway.
Apple Picking - Pick at Gibson’s Apple Orchard (55 Gibson Rd., Bethel, 4 miles from Rt. 2 off the North Road. (207) 836-2972) or Lyon Orchard (684 Grover Hill Rd., Bethel. 3.6 miles from Rt.5/35) (207) 824-2842)

Around Town

Friday, September 16

8:45-10:30 am
VIP Tour of Hancock Lumber's Bethel sawmill
Hancock Lumber, proud sponsor of Bethel Harvestfest & Chowdah Cookoff, is offering a very special inside-scoop tour of its Bethel sawmill, where it manufacturers world-class Eastern White Pine products. Limited to the first 25 registrants. Don't miss this interesting opportunity! Details & registration

6:30-10:00 pm
Harvest Moon Full Moon Dinner at Sunday River's Peak Lodge
Take a scenic lift ride to the mountaintop Peak Lodge, where you'll enjoy cocktails on the outdoor terrace before a very special Peak Dinner and live entertainment. $39/adult, $14/child (ages 6-12), 5 and under free, Details & registration

8:00 pm - late night
Live music with Jim Gallant at The Bethel Inn Resort's Millbrook Tavern

Saturday, September 17
8:00 am registration, 9:00 am start
Walkathon to benefit Team Hailey's Hugs, which supports families affected by childhood cancer. Telstar Regional Middle/High School. Download flyer, download registration form, or learn more.

Jewelry-making and rug-hooking demonstration at Art @ 57 MAINe
Check out this new teaching studio and gallery at 57 Main Street, featuring the works of Donna D'Aquino, Lauren Head, and other local artists.

Great Maine Outdoor Weekend events with Mahoosuc Land Trust
As part of GMOW's events scheduled all across Maine, Mahoosuc Land Trust invites you to paddle, bike, hike, build a fairy house, enjoy (or enter) its nature photography & art show, and check out its new Valentine Conservation Center. Details

10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sunday River Mountain Park open
Scenic lift rides, ziplines, disc golf, mountain biking, a climbing wall, and a bungee trampoline. Details

Self-guided canoe/kayak tour on the Androscoggin
Bethel Outdoor Adventure & Campground offers 10% off rentals and shuttle service from Gilead to Bethel. Reservations recommended. (207) 824-4224

8:00 pm - late night
Live music with Denny Breau at The Bethel Inn Resort's Millbrook Tavern

Sunday, September 18

45-mile ride with Barker Mountain Bikes – 9:30 a.m. Join the folks at Barker Mountain Bikes for a scenic loop ride along the Androscoggin and through East Bethel. Meet at Barker Mountain Bikes, 53 Mayville Rd (Rt. 2/26 next to Dunkin’ Donuts.) (207) 824-0100

Ecumenical church service and CROP Walk with West Parish Congregational Church - Sunday, the public is welcome to a special church service on the town common at 10:00 am, followed by the CROP (Communities Respond to Overcome Poverty) walk leaving from the town common at 11:30 am. The CROP Walk supports the work of Church World Service (75%) around the world with disaster relief and reducing the root causes of poverty and hunger. The local effort (25%) supports the Bethel Food Pantry's efforts to respond to hunger needs in this immediate area.