The annual Merryspring Kitchen Tour will take place Wednesday, Aug. 3, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

This year's tour invites visitors into eight private Midcoast home kitchens, several with views of the water, with a gourmet tasting from a talented local chef at every stop — a total of 16 participating chefs.

Merryspring Nature Center encourages participants to bring friends and houseguests to this popular summertime event, its major annual fundraiser. The 2016 Kitchen Tour is sponsored by EBS Style Solutions, Camden.

Each kitchen has its own personality, and gives visitors an inspiring look at what creative homeowners can do, together with skilled designers, builders, and craftspeople. The chefs at work in each kitchen give visitors a sampling of the remarkable, ever-expanding dining choices available in the Midcoast.

The 2016 Kitchen Tour features these homeowners and chefs:

1. Sally and Allen Fernald, Camden.  An elegant three-story townhouse overlooking Camden Harbor, with Cafe Miranda, Rockland (a.m.) and Katherine White, Private Chef, Camden (p.m.)

2. Kate and Alex Cohen, 6 Wood St., Camden.  A lovely Federal-style home in the heart of Camden village, with Rhumb Line, Camden (a.m.) and Laugh Loud, Smile Big Cupcakes, Rockport (p.m.)

3. 5 Dillingham Point, Camden.  A new home tucked into a secluded spot on Camden Harbor, with Blue Sky Cantina, Rockport (a.m.) and Laura Cabot Catering, Waldoboro (p.m.)

4. Theola and Dave Gelerman, 169 Belfast Road, Camden A spacious kitchen with striking architectural detail, with Pig & Poet, Camden (a.m.) and Uncle Willy's Candy Shoppe, Camden.

Bonus features this year include: a special tasting of Fiore Artisan Olive Oils & Vinegars at EBS Style Solutions new model kitchens; a raffle for a chance to win dinner at Francine Bistro, Camden, a basket of gourmet foods from Stonewall Kitchen, Camden, or a gift certificate from Surroundings, Camden

Visitors should leave plenty of time to visit all the kitchens, but go in any order and at your own pace. Properties are not handicapped-accessible; visitors tour at their own risk. Please carpool as much as possible. Parking for kitchens 1 and 2 is available at the First Congregational Church on Elm Street, and at the Montessori School on Pleasant Street.

Those who buy tickets before the day of the Tour, the price is only $30 for the whole day. On the day of the Tour, purchase a ticket for $40 at any of the kitchens, or at Merryspring Nature Center on Conway Road, Camden.  Tickets are not available for an individual kitchen.

To save $10 by purchasing a $30 ticket in advance, stop in at Merryspring or any of these locations from Tuesday, July 19 through Tuesday, Aug. 2: CAMDEN: Surroundings, Once a Tree, Zoot Coffee; ROCKPORT: The Market Basket; ROCKLAND: Atlantic Baking Company; BELFAST: The Good Table; DAMARISCOTTA: Rising Tide Community Market. Advance tickets are also available by e-mailing or calling 236-2239. Tickets will be held at Merryspring for pick-up the day of the tour.

All proceeds from the Kitchen Tour support Merryspring Nature Center, a not-for-profit park and education center in Camden/Rockport, with 66 acres of gardens and nature trails open free of charge to the public every day, and a year-round program of talks, classes, and workshops. For further information about the Kitchen Tour, call Merryspring at 236-2239 or go to