In Maine, it’s not uncommon for locals to celebrate the gifts of the natural world. Much like Maine Maple Sunday celebrates syrup in March, Mainers celebrate the state’s unique wild blueberries in August with the Maine Wild Blueberry Weekend.
These celebrations are not exclusive to the locals, either; we welcome visitors to our state to join in on the festivities as well. If you’re going to be in Maine this August, take a look at all you get to enjoy when you take part in our Wild Blueberry Weekend.
What Is Maine Wild Blueberry Weekend?
Did you know that the blueberry is the official state fruit of Maine? We have a unique style of wild blueberry in our state notable for its high level of anthocyanins, which gives our blueberries a dazzling blue color, an unmatched flavor, and double the antioxidants of any blueberry you might find elsewhere.
It’s a natural wonder that we’re quite proud of, and we show that pride every year with our Wild Blueberry Weekend.
This annual celebration of our official state fruit involves an array of farms, wineries, restaurants, and other businesses all across the state, and it can be enjoyed by the whole family. You can try out a unique blueberry-based food or drink, take a tour through a blueberry farm, go blueberry picking, and much more.
When Is Maine Wild Blueberry Weekend?
The Maine wild blueberry can be harvested for a short window between late July and early September, meaning August is prime time for enjoying this fantastic fruit when it’s as fresh as possible. For that reason, we hold our Wild Blueberry Weekend celebration in August. In 2023, it will be held on August 5th and 6th.
The unique events held by our participating local businesses will be going on at varying times throughout the weekend, so keep an eye on the ones that interest you the most to help you create a Wild Blueberry Weekend itinerary.
Maine Wild Blueberry Weekend Events
Here are just a few ideas for ways you can celebrate Wild Blueberry Weekend this year.
Farms and More
Blueberry farms and other organizations all across the state will be participating in this year’s festivities, including the following:
- Brodis Blueberries
- Copeland Hill Wild Blueberries
- Wild Blueberry Heritage Center & Museum
- Sennett’s Wild Blueberries
- Lynch Hill Farms
- Smithereen Farm
- Worcester’s Wild Blueberries
At each of these blueberry-centric spots, you’ll be able to take a tour, learn about the Maine wild blueberry, taste test fresh berries, and pick up some homemade wild blueberry treats.
Various restaurants and eateries join in on the fun by offering blueberry-based menu items. These locations include:
- Brickyard Hollow
- Engine 5 Bakehouse
- Helen’s Restaurant
- Holy Donut
- Moody’s Diner
- Two Fat Cats Bakery
You can enjoy some Maine wild blueberries in salads, breads, jellies, sauces, ice creams, cheesecakes, donuts, and much more.
Maine is absolutely loaded with great breweries and wineries, many of which take part in the Wild Blueberry Weekend celebration. Some of those breweries and wineries include:
- Blue Lobster Urban Winery
- Anthony Lee Winery
- Dragonfly Farm and Winery
- Ambition Brewing
- Island Dog Brewing
- Maine Craft Distilling
- Split Rock Distilling
Taste a blueberry-infused cabernet sauvignon, a blueberry sparkling wine, blueberry liquor, a blueberry sour ale or Belgian beer, blueberry hard cider, and more.
Enjoy Your Wild Blueberry Weekend Festivities
Wherever you may be staying in Maine on August 5th and 6th of this year, you will be near a business or organization that’s celebrating the wild blueberry, so take a look at what’s available, and enjoy your Wild Blueberry Weekend!
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