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Portland Foodie Guide

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Harvest on the Harbor

Food aficionados each year flock to Portland’s Harvest on the Harbor, a four-day, premier food and wine event hosted by Portland’s CVB on the waterfront. Held every fall, this event gives participants a chance to sample food from local vendors and world-renowned chefs and even try some of the best lobster around during Maine’s Lobster Chef of the Year Competition. Individual tickets range from $50-75.

Photo courtesy of Convention + Visitors Bureau of Greater Portland

Whoopie Pies

Craving some marshmallow buttercream sandwiched between two decadent chocolate cakes? If you weren’t—you probably are now. Luckily, this mouth-watering concoction, known as the whoopie pie, is the official state treat of Maine and can be found in abundance in Portland. Stop in Two Fat Cats Bakery on the eastern side of the Old Port any day of the week to sample this scrumptious sweet.

FUN FACT: In 2011, Amy Bouchard of Wicked Whoopies helped make the World’s Largest Whoopie Pie in South Portland. That’s 1,062 pounds of pie, to be exact.

Photo courtesy of Two Fat Cats Bakery

Wild Blueberries

Maine has long been home to the superfruit wild blueberry. In fact, the state is the world’s largest producer of wild blueberries. Famous for its nutrient-rich makeup, wild blueberries are packed with fiber, minerals and antioxidants that help to combat disease and promote healthy aging—and as a bonus, are delicious. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to pick your own wild blueberries at farms within a few hours drive of Portland. Try Alexander’s Wild Maine Blueberries, Perseverance Wild Blueberry Farm and Crabtree’s in Sebago.

Photo by David Yarborough

Maine Foodie Tours

What better way to sample the taste of Portland than participating in a culinary walking tour? Maine Foodie Tours offers just that, taking participants through the streets of Portland’s Old Port to sample fresh seafood, artisan cheeses, handcrafted ales and more from the city’s local culinary scene. Each tour lasts about two hours and is open to all ages. Tickets are $43 per person. 207-233-7485.

Photo courtesy of Maine Foodie Tours

Lobster + Seafood

A trip to Portland is incomplete without sampling the local surf. With the sea in its backyard, Portland is home to some stellar seafood. Looking to try lobster, fresh off the dock? Stop by Portland Lobster Company and try the classic steamed lobster dinner, among other seafood delights like crab cakes, clam chowder, lobster rolls and mussels. Have a hankering for something a little more fancy? DiMillo’s On the Water offers fine dining on a converted ferryboat restaurant on the water.

Photo courtesy of DiMillo’s On the Water

Chocolate + Candy

If you have a sweet tooth, you won’t have to go far to find some treats in the Portland area. Lenny, the world’s largest (and only) life-size chocolate moose, can be found at Len Libby’s Chocolatier, less than a 10-minute drive outside downtown Portland. Observe Lenny (pictured) in all his glory—1,700 pounds of fine milk chocolate—and sample some of Len Libby’s delicious chocolates and candies, many of which are made using original Len Libby recipes from the store’s early years in the 1920s.

Photo courtesy of Len Libby Chocolatier

Attention all food-lovers! If you haven’t sniffed it out already, Portland, Maine, is rapidly gaining a reputation as a serious foodie-mecca. With more than 200 restaurants housed in this compact city, award-winning chefs and an increasingly definitive farm-to-table mantra, it’s almost impossible not to find some fantastic eats in Portland. —Danielle LeBreck

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