The annual Merryspring Kitchen Tour is a chance to spend a summer’s day peeking into eight beautiful home kitchens in the Camden-Rockport-Lincolnville area, and to sample the cuisine of outstanding local chefs at every stop. All proceeds support Merryspring Nature Center and its year-round nature and environmental education programs. The kitchen tour is sponsored by EBS Style Solutions of Camden.

This year’s kitchen tour will be held Wednesday, Aug. 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Attendees can go in any order and at their own pace. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 on the day of the tour at any of the eight kitchens, or at Merryspring Nature Center on Conway Road in Camden.

To purchase a $25 ticket in advance, stop in at Merryspring or Once a Tree, Party Fundamentals or Stonewall Kitchen in Camden; The Market Basket in Rockport; Atlantic Baking Company in Rockland; Dot’s Market in Lincolnville; The Good Table in Belfast; or The Well Tempered Kitchen in Waldoboro. Advance tickets are also available by e-mailing info@merryspring.org or calling 236-2239. Tickets will be held at Merryspring for pickup the day of the tour.

The 2010 kitchen tour features these gracious homeowners and chefs:

1. Mary and Keith Collins, BrightBuilt Barn, with The Market Basket (a.m.) and Megunticook Market (p.m.). Enter a drawing for a door prize at this stop. Win a dinner at Francine Bistro.

2. Marsha and Vic Steinglass, Duck Down, with Laura Cabot Catering (a.m.) and Trillium Caterers (p.m.).

3. Judy and Andy Burgess, with Blue Sky Cantina (a.m.) and Courses Catering (p.m.).

4. Joshua Grodzins, Stone’s Throw, with Primo (a.m.) and Brevetto Kitchen & Wine Bar (p.m.).

5. Martha Coolidge and Sam Rowse, Castlerock, with Amalfi on the Water (a.m.) and Paolina’s Way (p.m.).

6. Susan Taylor, with Prism Glass Gallery & Café (a.m.) and Farmers Fare (p.m.).

7. Elinor Klivans, with Elinor Klivans all day. She will be signing her newest cookbook, “Chocolate Cakes-50 Great Cakes for Every Occasion,” at this stop.

8. Rhonda Ryznar and Richard Rovner, with Cappy’s Chowder House (a.m.) and Thomaston Cafe (p.m.).

Fifteen excellent chefs and caterers from the Midcoast will contribute their time and outstanding culinary talents to the 2010 Merryspring Kitchen Tour. In each of the eight unique kitchens featured on the tour, a chef will be on hand to serve samples of his or her cuisine to guests.