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October 16, 2013

Food For Thought: Rockport celebrates the fall Harvest

HarvestFest, brought to you by Rockport Festivals — the same people who synchronize Motif No. 1 Day and the Rockport Farmers Market — will be back under the big, white Local Fare Food Tent on T-Wharf this Saturday.

Celebrating the rich, diverse local food culture in our little corner of the world, Rockport’s HarvestFest will offer local specialties from Sasquatch Smoked Fish to Top Dog Hotdogs to Fish Shack Bread to Harbor Sweets Chocolates.

If you’re 21 or over you can enjoy a large cup of locally brewed Mercury Beer with that fish taco from The Happy Taco, or raw oysters from the Shuckin’ Truck.

If you’re younger, or not a beer drinker, Rockport’s iconic Twin Lights Soda will be serving sodas from the old delivery truck which once delivered Twin Lights Soda door to door. The full line-up of vendors — too many to list here — is available on the Rockport Festivals website.

The cooking entertainment begins at 11 a.m., with Paolo Laboa of Prides Osteria, who will be demonstrating how to make his world-famous pesto.

For those who haven’t heard the story yet, Laboa won the “World’s Best Pesto” competition in his native city of Genoa, Italy. He worked at Farina in San Francisco, making his ethereal pasta until moving with his wife, Mercedes Flavin, to Cape Ann. Laboa now creates Ligurian specialties at Prides Osteria on Rantoul St. in Beverly.

At HarvestFest, Laboa, with mortar and pestle, will demonstrate the secret of his creamy pesto. He will also be showing the crowd how to make Foccacia di Recco, a thin, delicate Ligurian pizza weeping with warm melted cheese. Pride’s Osteria will have a table in the tent selling bowls of warm, wild boar ragu over creamy polenta.

At 1 p.m., Laurie Lufkin, host of the local access cooking show “Inspired Cooking,” and one of our favorite local cooks, will be addressing a subject that haunts the giver of dinner parties: easy appetizer ideas.

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