Farm-to-table Dinner

Join us for an exquisite farm-to-table dinner on Hurricane Island. We will be celebrating with the bounty of our beautiful gardens, the skill and artistry of scratch cooking, and the incredible scenery of Hurricane Island on the night of the full moon—fittingly, in September, known as the Harvest Moon. 

Motor across Western Penobscot Bay to the southwest edge of the Fox Islands archipelago, and expect to be greeted with a handcrafted cocktail at the Main Pier of Hurricane Island. A hundred years ago, there was a thriving granite industry supporting over 1000 year-round residents, and later, Hurricane served as a base for an Outward Bound school. Hurricane Island is a privately owned, 125-acre island now leased by the recently formed nonprofit organization called the Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership, which offers educational programs to students both near and far and hosts visiting scientists conducting research on its shores and in the ecologically relevant surrounding waters.

After you are welcomed ashore Hurricane Island, enjoy hors d’oeuvres on one of the decks looking across to Greens Island and Vinalhaven. You might take a short hike to the South End beach, which looks towards Matinicus and Criehaven, speak with our staff about the sustainable energy systems and gardens we have installed on Hurricane, or simply relax and enjoy the food and the scenery.

The dinner, served in our newly restored dining room, will be an eclectic composition prepared and presented by Hurricane Island’s dear friend Ladleah Dunn, a trained chef, experienced mariner, and talented farmer who specializes in local foods. Ladleah will create an elegant meal featuring foods farmed, fished, or foraged on Hurricane Island as well as in the greater midcoast area. Maine beers and wine will be served with the meal, and locally roasted coffee will be offered with dessert. Expect a relaxed and informal atmosphere but lively conversation. Your return trip to Rockland will be during the full moon rising.

Dress is casual—wear comfortable shoes that can handle a short distance of uneven terrain, and bring long sleeves or a windbreaker for the boat trips across the bay. In the event of rain, we have plenty of comfortable indoor spaces to still fully enjoy Hurricane Island and Ladleah’s creations; this is a rain, shine, or fog event.

Tickets are $150 each and include round-trip transportation aboard either the Reliance or the Equinox from Journey’s End Marina in Rockland. Parking is available at the marina or in the Rockland municipal lots surrounding the marina. The boat departs at 4:00PM for a 5:00PM arrival on Hurricane and will return by 9:30PM. To reserve or purchase tickets, email emily@hurricaneisland.net, phone (207) 867-6050, or send a check by mail to Hurricane Island Foundation, PO Box 1280, Rockland, ME 04841.