The Knox Museum will top off its 2016 summer season Saturday, Oct. 8, with the third annual Taste of Thomaston, a food and wine tasting festival celebrating notable local chefs, vintners, cheese artisans, brewers, fishermen, farmers and all things delicious, local and foodie.

The fundraising event will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This year, for the first time, the special tasting event will take place inside Montpelier, the big white house just off Route 1 at the turn to St. George. Guests will enter through all three of the mansion’s entrances, to avoid having to stand in line; and make their way through nine beautifully decorated rooms, featuring 30 tasting stations. There also will be passed hors d’oeuvres and live jazz by Bel Isle Trio in the Grand Salon.

Tickets for this year’s fundraiser are $75, $55 for Knox Museum members, and $125 for special VIP passes. All proceeds benefit Knox Museum’s education, preservation and military programming. Tickets are available at Guests must be 21 or older to attend.

So far, the list of local chefs contributing some of their signature dishes to the popular tasting event includes Scott Yakavenko of Rhumb Line — one of Camden’s newest restaurants — whose bouillabaisse has earned rave reviews from none other than the Food Network’s Emeril Lagasse; Max Miller of The Landings, and Food Network’s “Cutthroat Kitchen,” known locally for his slow-roast bacon creations; “Chef Tim” of Rockland’s Main Street Markets, working with some of the most vibrant and diverse specialty foods of Maine; French-trained Laura Cabot, whose well-known Laura Cabot Catering produces beautiful foods for all occasions; and award-winning classically French-trained Manuel Mercier of The Youngtown Inn in Lincolnville, whose traditionally prepared dishes are not to be missed.

Nancy and Pat O’Brien of Fiore Artisan Olive Oils & Vinegars, Charlene Fish of Spruce Mountain Blueberries and Bert Witham, “the mayor of Port Clyde,” will all be on hand to share their creations. Vendors are continuing to sign up; 30 stations of some of Maine’s best-tasting bites and sips will be served, so stay tuned for further updates. For more information, call 354-8062.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or