Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens will host Tastefully Maine: Midsummer Food and Spirits at the Gardens on Thursday, July 21. The food and drink will be provided by Maine restaurants, caterers, and artisanal producers. Everyone who attends will be the first to experience and shop at Midsummer Market: A Gathering of Sustainable Choices, which will continue through the weekend.

The Edith Jones Project, a popular all-female big band, will play on the centrally located Great Lawn. Guests will enter through the new Bosarge Family Education Center, where one of several groups of featured caterers will offer food and beverages; they’ll then wind their way to the Woodland Garden, passing the other tables on their way to the Midsummer Market.

Some of the featured caterers for Tastefully Maine will have their products for sale, as well as providing food and drink to guests. Participants, to date, are 1828 Vintage House Wine & Cheese, Allagash Brewing Co., Azure Café, Belle Fete Events & Catering, Black Dinah Chocolatiers, Blue Elephant Events & Catering, Boathouse Bistro, Cabot Creamery, Cellardoor Winery, Cinque Terre & Vignola, ’Cue Culture, DennyMike’s Sauces & Rubs, Fiddler’s Reach LLC, Fisherman’s Wharf Inn, Gelato Fiasco, Glidden Point Oyster Sea Farm, Green Bee Soda, Heirloom Tomato Sauce Co., Howard House Lodge B&B, Linekin Bay Resort, Maine Mead Works, Maine’s Own Organic Milk, McSeagull’s, Northern Maine Distilling Co., Northwoods Gourmet Girl, Ocean Approved, Ports of Italy, Savage Oakes Vineyard & Winery, Shalom Orchard, Spruce Point Inn, Sweetgrass Farm Winery & Distillery, The Thistle Inn, TREATS, Whole Foods Portland, Wilbur’s of Maine Chocolate Confections, and Winterport Winery.

All waste from Tastefully Maine, including the service wares, will be composted.

Tickets for Tastefully Maine are $75 per person, and all proceeds benefit Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. Because this is an event for guests 21 and over, ticket holders may be asked to show an I.D. For more information or for reservations, which are required, call 633-4333, visit, or stop by the Visitor Center at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, located off Barters Island Road in Boothbay.

The weekend-long Midsummer Market: A Gathering of Sustainable Choices celebrates all things “green.” Wares that will be available include fine jewelry, furnishings, clothing, and housewares as well as energy systems, seeds and plants, soaps, and alpaca products. A number of nonprofits will have exhibits providing ideas for greener living. The Midsummer Market continues from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, Friday through Sunday, July 22-24. Entry is free with Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens admission.

Sponsors for the events are Knickerbocker Group, Maine magazine, and Whole Foods Market.