PORTLAND, Maine — Inaugural Portland Brew Festival, Sept. 3-4, at the Portland Company Complex at 58 Fore St. In addition to the hops highlights, attendees can purchase barbecue goodies from the New England Brisketeers along with other offerings from local food vendors. Limited-admission, scheduled sessions will allow guests the time and space to peruse the purveyors, interact with the experts and hone their tasting techniques. The sessions are scheduled for noon-3:30 p.m. and 5-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, and noon-3:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4. Tickets, $30, are still available at portlandbrewfestival.eventbrite.com. Event sponsors include Maine Today Media, SailMaine, BeerME and WPME.

TRESCOTT, Maine — Make your own ice cream, sorbet or granita with French-born chef Andre Gamard, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at Cobscook Community Learning Center, 10 Commissary Point Road. For information, fees and to register, call 733-2233 or visit www.thecclc.org.

WELLS, Maine — Annual Chili-Fest, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at Wells Junior High School, Route 1, 1470 Post Road. Sponsored by the Wells Chamber of Commerce, sanctioned by the International Chili Society. Free admission and parking. For information, call 646-2451 or visit wellschilifest.com.