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The City of Bangor and the Cross Insurance Center is proud to announce that the Maine Harvest Festival, an annual fall event that brings together farmers, food processers, brewers, fiber artisans, chefs, and presenters, has been nominated by USA TODAY’s 10 Best Reader’s Choice Travel Award Contest for ‘Best Fall Harvest Festivals’ in the country.

The Maine Harvest Festival, which takes place November 14 and 15, 2015 at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, will celebrate its 5th year anniversary this November. This year, festival veterans and newcomers can expect the best festival yet as the event has expanded into the entire facility, with over 150 Maine farmers, artisans, and producers showcasing an array of local foods, beverages, products, and more.

The USA Today contest gives voters four weeks to vote for the festival of their choice that has been nominated. A person can vote once a day during the contest. The contest ends, Monday, September 28 at 11:59 am EDT. Winners will be announced Friday, October 2 at 12:00 pm EDT, then later on USA TODAY. To vote for the Maine Harvest Festival, you can visit:

“The City of Bangor is a natural destination for the Maine Harvest Festival, which draws vendors and attendees from all over Maine,” said Catherine Conlow, City Manager. “Bangor is proud to celebrate the state’s incredibly rich farm and food heritage, as it is another element of what makes Maine a wonderful and special place.”

In addition to shopping and sampling, this year the Maine Harvest Festival features a Fiber Fashion Show, three new categories added to the Pie Judging Contest, and ‘Our Story’ – stories brought to you by the Maine farmers, processors and artisans at the festival. By popular demand, this year will feature an expanded wine, brewery, and distillery sampling area, live music, cooking demonstrations, educational seminars, and the coveted Dunnett’s Stove Drawing.

Spectra’s Joe Imbriaco, Cross Insurance Center General Manager, stated “Going into our fifth year hosting the Maine Harvest Festival, we are so proud of how the festival has grown, not just in scale but in reputation. Not only are we recognized by our community through their attendance and support, but it is a great sentiment being nominated as a contender for the Top 10 best Fall Harvest Festivals in the country. The festival has its own unique Maine brand and authentic feeling, which I believe has propelled it to being one of the best in the country.”

Admission into the festival is $8 per person, with children 12 and under admitted free. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at the Cross Insurance Center Box Office located at 515 Main Street from 10am-5pm Monday through Friday, online at or by phone at 800-745-3000. For more information about the festival visit:

The City of Bangor, Maine is a service center community of 33,039 residents and is the county seat of Penobscot County.  Bangor is the major commercial and cultural center for much of northern and eastern Maine.  The City is an equal opportunity employer and service provider.  For information on City projects and news, see

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