Is there parking available?

Yes, there is public and street parking located near the meeting location of the Maine Food for Thought tour. Specific parking details are included in the meeting location directions after purchasing ticket(s) with location and pricing. We recommend that you do not park on the street within the business district because there is a two-hour limit and the tours are approximately 3 hours long.

How much food is provided on the tour?

Maine Food for Thought Tours serves enough food that participants feel comfortably full at the conclusion of the tour. We view the tour as serving as your lunch meal for the day.

How much walking is involved?

The tour covers about one mile of easy walking, pretty much on level ground, and provides sit down food tastings and restroom breaks.  The tour generally lasts about 3 hours. We recommend that you wear comfortable shoes.

What about locals? Is there anything for us?

Yes! In fact, many of our attendees are local. Maine Food for Thought is an educational food tour that reveals the story behind the plate of the unique Maine food system. Locals are often surprised to learn things about Maine’s food sector that they never knew before and the restaurants that are going beyond their bottom line to source locally and support the broader Maine economy. 

Are gift certificates available?

Yes, gift certificates are available for our tours. To purchase a gift certificate, please visit our Gift Certificates page. 

Are there any beverages served on the tour?

Food is the focus of our tours but we do serve quality, refreshing Maine water at all of our tour stops.

Are cameras allowed on the tour?

Yes. Cameras and filming are allowed during the tour and we strongly encourage participants to take photos during the tour. Please feel free to share your photos on our Facebook and Instagram social media pages or when posting your TripAdvisor, Yelp or Facebook reviews of Maine Food for Thought. 

Are there vegetarian options on the tour?

Yes. Our restaurants endeavor to provide alternative tasting options for vegetarians. Please be sure to let us know any dietary restrictions when you purchase tickets for your tour – you will be guided through this process when you purchase your ticket (all tastings must be arranged through the ticketing process prior to the start of the tour, and we are unable to make changes without advance notice). 

Do I need to purchase a ticket if I'm not eating?

Yes.  All guests must purchase a ticket whether they plan to partake in the food tastings or not. Non-paying individuals will not able to join the experience for any reason(s).

Does the tour start in the same place we start?

No, but our tour ends in the heart of Portland’s Old Port and about four blocks from the meeting point. Detailed instructions are provided after ticket purchase with starting point location, and all participants receive a map with the tour route at the beginning of the tour.

How many stops are there?

You will enjoy stops at six restaurants serving delicious locally sourced and seasonal tastings.

What types of food are served on the tour?

You will sample local sustainably sourced and harvested food that represents Maine seafood and agriculture.

How much walking is involved? Is this a fast-paced tour?

The tour covers about one mile of easy walking, pretty much on level ground, and provides sit down food tastings and restroom breaks.  The tour generally lasts about 3 hours. We recommend that you wear comfortable clothing and shoes.

If I am bringing an infant/very young child on the tour, do I need to purchase a ticket or them?

If you are bringing a child that is 2 years of age or younger, and he/she will not be eating during the tour, you do not need to purchase a ticket for him/her. If your child is 3 years of age or older, you will need to purchase a ticket for him/her, regardless if he/she will be participating in the tastings.

What if someone in our party has difficulty walking? Will they be able to participate?

Our tour leaders are aware that not everyone walks at the same speed, and we consciously set a pace that generally works for the entire group. With that in mind, this is a walking tour that does include climbing stairs at some of our locations. You are the best judge of your ability or the ability of your friends/relatives.

What is the cancellation policy?

Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded or rescheduled because your space is being guaranteed on the event. Our events often sell out. No partial credits or rescheduling is allowed for partial attendance, no shows, or late arrivals. It is the attendee’s responsibility to arrive at the right location, on time. The events commence promptly as scheduled.

We do offer the option to purchase TicketGuardian insurance during the tour ticket buying process to allow you to file a claim and be refunded your money, if something prevents you from attending.

Are children allowed?

Our tours are 3 hours long and geared more toward adults, however children are welcome to join us with a paid ticket. Please note that we are unable to accommodate children 3 years and older who are not included in your paid reservation as all participants are required to have a ticket. All participants must purchase a full-priced ticket in advance, even if they do not wish to participate in food tastings.

What if I have dietary restrictions or allergies?

The tour is designed to showcase the Maine food system. We have carefully selected food tastings in partnership with our restaurants that reflect the uniqueness of our area and its food scene, and these selections often include seafood, wheat, and dairy products. We CAN accommodate vegetarian/pescatarian/no shellfish diets. Please understand that we have limited tastings that meet other dietary preferences, and that substitutions may not resemble the selections made for guests without restrictions, or may not be available at all.

Do I need to purchase tickets in advance?

Yes, advance ticket purchase is required. To maximize your chances of securing the date, time, and number of tickets you prefer, please book well in advance.

If a food tour is sold out, can I get on a waiting list?

We apologize for any inconvenience, but we do not provide a waiting list.

Do I need to tip?

Gratuities are greatly appreciated, although not mandatory. The standard gratuity in the service industry is 15%-20%

Are bathrooms available during the tour?

Yes, bathrooms are available during the tour at selected food-tasting locations.

What do we do in case of bad weather?

Yes, we tour rain, snow or shine! If you don’t have your umbrella with you, we will provide a rain poncho for you.  We advise to check the weather conditions on your tour day and dress appropriately.

Does the tour come in other languages?

At this time, we do not offer tours in any other languages except English.

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