Knox Museum tops off its 2013 summer season of community events Saturday, Oct. 12 with Taste of Thomaston, a food and wine festival celebrating local chefs, vintners, cheese artisans, brewers, fishermen, farmers, and all things delicious, local and foodie.

The event takes place rain or shine in a big heated tent on the grounds of Montpelier, the big white house just off Route 1 at the turn to St. George in Thomaston. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for those between ages 21 and 35 and for seniors 62 and older, and free for museum members. The tent opens at 11 a.m. and the tasting continues until 2 p.m. Only guests 21 or older will be admitted to the tent.

Heading up the list of premier local chefs contributing some of their signature dishes to the inaugural tasting event are Chef Melissa Kelly of Primo Restaurant in Rockland, 2013s James Beard Best Chef in the Northeast; Chef Kerry Altiero of Café Miranda in Rockland, Maine’s 2012 Lobster Chef of the Year; Thomaston’s own Chef Scott Yakavenko of The Slipway, whose bouillabaisse has earned rave reviews from the Food Network’s Emeril Lagasse, and Chef Herbert Peters of Thomaston Café, named Chef of the Year by the American Culinary Federation, Maine Chapter in 1987-88; and award winning classically French trained Chef Manuel Mercier of The Youngtown Inn in Lincolnville.

Jessica Shepard of The Uproot Pie Company will be on hand dishing out her wood oven-fired pizza. Glen Libby of Mid-Coast Fisherman’s Co-Op will serve up Port Clyde’s fresh catch. Peter McBean and Frank Morrill will shuck Cushing oysters. Jeanne Johnson of Breakwater Vineyards, Molly Sholes of Spruce Mountain Blueberries, Elaine Waldron of Hootin Gluten Free Bakery, Andy Hazen of Andrews Brewing Company, Nancy and Pat O’Brien of Fiore Artisan Olive Oils & Vinegars, Jeff Wolovitz and Maho Hisakawa of Coastal Farms Heiwa Tofu, and specialty cake baker Darci-Lynn Chickering-Morris of The Sugar Tree, will all be on hand to share their unique creations.

Additional specialty local products will be available for tasting from Terra Optima Farm Market, State of Maine Cheese Company, 3 Dogs Café & Sweet Sensations, and Maine Street Meats. Sarah Flint will showcase her Scarlet Smile bittersweet wreaths. And the entire Thomaston Farmers Market will relocate to Montpelier’s grounds for the festival.

Montpelier itself will be decorated for harvest season for the very first time, and will be open for free for guests to wander through nine rooms on their own and view the decorations on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 13 and Monday, Oct. 14, from 1 to 4 p.m.

For more information, contact the museum at or 354-8062.