Sardine Camp


Sardine Camp is sliding scale $80-110 which includes a boat tour and smoked sardine lunch. Please pay what you can and know that all donations are tax deductible. No one will be turned away for lack of funds If you are interested in a work trade or partial work trade please email




Join for an adventure in sardine-land. This is a camp all about fish. We will meet in Lubec for a fishing expedition on Cobscook Bay, learn about the canneries that used to dot the shores, and visit the old smoke-house and museum. Then we’ll head back to Reversing Hall for a smoked sardine lunch. We’ll listen to a lecture on the history of the sardine industry, the ecological significance of this fishery, and we’ll learn to pickle and smoke and sample fish sauces from around the world! This is an all-day exploration, and a great beginning to a weekend downeast. will help younavigate onward possibilities in camping, boating, biking and natural adventure.

Arrive Lubec, Maine
8am Coffee and muffins at Mary Ann’s Cafe, Lubec

8.30am Depart on boat with Eastport Windjammers
Captain Butch Harris, Brett Ciccotelli Guiding.
FISHING and learning about historic sardine industry and sites of interest in Cobscook Bay. If you have your own fishing gear, please bring it. We will have gear to share. Kipper snacks, crackers hot tea in thermos will be served ( BYO special dietary restrictions)

11 am McCurdy Smokehouse Museum,
drive to Pembroke, Maine

12.30pm Smoked fish lunch at Reversing hall ( $20)
Smoked alewives, herring and mackerel with Tinder Hearth bread and Tide Mill butter. Dressed organic Salad from Smithereen Farm

1.45pm Paul Molyneaux,
” History of Sardine Industry on Cobscook Bay”
Slide show presentation

3.00pm Brett Ciocorelli, Downeast Salmon Federation
“Fisheries restoration in Downeast Maine”

4.00pm Michael Wiley, Eventide Restaurant, Hugos, James Beard Award winning chef/ restauranteur
“Sardines and processed fish— a culinary perspective”
Introduction to fish processing in cuisine

4.30-6.30pm Fish Smoking, Fish Fermenting, Fish Pickling demonstration at Smithereen Farm
With Brett and Michael and invited guests discussing fish smoking folkways

6.30pm Optional walk to Long Cove

7pm Steamed Clams and Butter with potatoes, herbs and farm greens.

Guests welcome to stay Smithereen Farm. BYO Camping gear.