PORTLAND, Maine -- The four-day Harvest on the Harbor food and wine festival is kicking off in Portland.
The festival in the Maine city gets under way Wednesday evening with the Grand Tasting on the Harbor gala, where 20 of the area's top restaurants prepare tastings of their favorite dishes.
This is the fifth year for the festival, which includes food and wine tastings, cooking contests and the annual lobster chef-of-the-year competition.
The event is put on by the Convention and Visitors Bureau of Greater Portland to showcase the area as a food destination.
Two new events this year include a cooking competition among teams from culinary college programs and an event showcasing pulled pork, ribs and other barbecue dishes served up with blues music.