DISCOVER THE STORY OF MAINE’S FOOD SCENE, ONE PLATE AT A TIME.
 

LAND, SEA TO FORK TOUR 

 
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Land, Sea to Fork: $72

Duration: 3 Hours
Location: Old Port, Portland, ME

Who would think that a food tour could accomplish so much in 3 short hours? It was truly an enlightening experience in many regards. It not only showcases great local products in creative dishes but also feeds the mind with historical and economical regional perspectives. A wonderful experience!
— ROBERT L, MONTREAL, CANADA, TRIPADVISOR REVIEW
 

Enjoy seasonal dishes from Portland's world-class restaurants and explore their dynamic connection to Maine's farms, fisheries, and forests.

Make the most of your time - enjoy six tastings of locally, sustainably and responsibly sourced food at nationally-acclaimed restaurants.

Deepen your understanding of the farmers, fishermen, foragers, and chefs whose efforts fill our plates.

Have an authentic experience by discovering Maine’s advantages, challenges, and innovation in the food sector.

Meet local chefs and enjoy a behind the scenes VIP experience.

Be entertained by our knowledgeable and passionate local guides eager to satisfy your appetite and thirst for all things related to Maine.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Food tastings provide enough for lunch.

  • Tour takes place in rain, snow or shine. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes for walking.

  • Tours run Tuesday - Saturday, June through November, 11:00a.m. - 2:00p.m.

  • Small tour groups of no more than 12 guests and best for adults and older children.

  • Vegetarian substitutions are available.

  • About 1 mile of easy walking.

WHAT TO EXPECT

For Maine visitors and locals alike, top interests include food and beverage. The restaurant scene in Portland has become globally renowned for its innovation and quality, but there is also an important and vibrant story behind the plate that interconnects the land, the sea and the people of Maine, that have made it, over time, into the food city it is today.

Maine Food for Thought is a 3 hour educational culinary walking tour in Portland’s historic Old Port where the cuisine reveals distinctive stories of Maine’s unique food system, the path that food travels from land and sea to fork, and its impact on the people and the environment along the way.

In small groups of no more than 12, participants will sample delicious, locally sourced and seasonal dishes from some of Portland’s nationally-acclaimed chefs, that tell a story of why Maine is on the map as a must visit destination for quality, sustainable and traceable food. The tour uses the medium of great food as a vehicle to advance this greater sense of community, responsibility, and the joy that comes from eating a remarkable meal and knowing a little more about your relationship to the food, the farmer, the forager, and the source.

Attendees can expect to go forward with a renewed and authentic perspective of Maine’s place- based advantages, challenges and innovation in the food sector and how these parts interact and impact the health of localized economies, ecosystems, and communities.  We can all create change, one forkful at a time.

WHERE TO MEET

The meeting location is UNION Restaurant, 390 Congress Street. Please enter the restaurant at the Congress St. doors and your guide will meet you just inside the restaurant. If you are driving, there is a $3 an hour, or $16 a day, public parking lot nearby - Top of the Old Port Parking, 119 Pearl Street, Portland. This lot is cash only and there is also another lot at 385 Congress St. that takes debit/credit cards. Please arrive 10-15 minutes early to ensure a prompt tour start at 11:00am.

 

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 Farm TO BOTTLE & BITES TOUR

 
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Land, Sea to Fork: $72

Duration: 3 Hours
Location: Old Port, Portland, ME

Who would think that a food tour could accomplish so much in 3 short hours? It was truly an enlightening experience in many regards. It not only showcases great local products in creative dishes but also feeds the mind with historical and economical regional perspectives. A wonderful experience!
— ROBERT L, MONTREAL, CANADA, TRIPADVISOR REVIEW
 

Enjoy seasonal dishes from Portland's world-class restaurants and explore their dynamic connection to Maine's farms, fisheries, and forests.

Make the most of your time - enjoy six tastings of locally, sustainably and responsibly sourced food at nationally-acclaimed restaurants.

Deepen your understanding of the farmers, fishermen, foragers, and chefs whose efforts fill our plates.

Have an authentic experience by discovering Maine’s advantages, challenges, and innovation in the food sector.

Meet local chefs and enjoy a behind the scenes VIP experience.

Be entertained by our knowledgeable and passionate local guides eager to satisfy your appetite and thirst for all things related to Maine.

Additional Information

  • Food tastings provide enough for lunch.

  • Tour takes place in rain, snow or shine. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes for walking.

  • Tours run Tuesday - Saturday, June through November, 11:00a.m. - 2:00p.m.

  • Small tour groups of no more than 12 guests and best for adults and older children.

  • Vegetarian substitutions are available.

  • About 1 mile of easy walking.