Experience the "Maine Culinary Trail"


Maine has its museum trail, golf trail, brewers trail and shopping and biking trails. Of course it's got its Appalachian Hiking Trail. Now, if you're hungry for authentic culinary and cultural experiences in Maine, try the "Culinary Trail". You're invited to feed on the trail at Maine's most delicious restaurants and fabulous neighborhood taverns, native hole-in-the-wall favorites and up-and-coming food and drink gems. The Food Trail is suitable for all age groups, all fitness levels, highly experienced foodies and food-curious travelers. Travel Maine's Food Trail on your next journey to our great state.

There's no official "Maine Culinary Trail," the idea of a "Culinary Trail' just seems like a fitting name for an eating journey, from one Maine town to the next.

What we have in Maine is a group of culinary geniuses who pour an immense amount of love and affection, and passion, into their work. You find it in York, Ogunquit and Kennebunkport, Greater Portland, Brunswick and Bath, Rockland and Camden, on Deer Isle and in Bar Harbor. Also amazing culinary experiences are to be found in Bangor and Waterville, in Bethel, Bridgton and Lewiston. Start eating your way though Maine. Get going! And give me a call if you get lost. I'd be happy to direct you to your next favorite place to eat in Maine.

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Great Links Here

The following links will make doing your culinary homework a little quicker and easier. These links point you to the real food experts around Maine.

Portland Food Map www.portlandfoodmap.com

This is the definitive guide to all food and drink in Greater Portland, as well as links to numerous Maine food blogs.

Maine Office of Tourism www.visitmaine.com

The good folks in Augusta know a good thing when they see it. Or in this case, taste it. Maine's award-winning chefs and restaurants, food festivals, and other useful information are listed here.

Down East Magazine www.downeast.com/maine/food

Food writer Kathleen Fleury is the best of the best in Maine. Her mission: to tell us about the great food places and people. Also the staff of foodies at Down East compiled a terrific resource in their annual "Eat" guide.

Portland Press Herald - Maine Sunday Telegram www.pressherald.com/life/foodanddining

Writer Meredith Goad might be the single most informed foodie in Maine. No one gets more requests to write stories about new restaurants and products, events, people and places. When it comes to being in-the-know, she's all that and a bag of chips.

Northeast Flavor Magazine - www.northeastflavor.com

Eater Maine www.maine.eater.com

Maine's Food Suppliers

Maine Cheese Guild www.mainecheeseguild.org/

People think lobster when they think Maine. Visit some of Maine's cheese making community, and you'll be thinking lobster AND cheese.

Maine Brewers Guild www.mainebrewersguild.org/

Brewer Alan Pugsley of Shipyard Brewing Company and David Geary, of DL Geary Brewing Company, both in Portland, helped start craft brewing in the US. They're still at it, going stronger than ever, and with them in Maine are dozens of other world-class craft- or micro-brewers.

Maine Wine Makers www.visitmaine.com/restaurants/beer_beverage/wineries

Maine-made wines, yes sir, we have those too. They're all very good, really. Visit a Maine winery next time you're in Maine.

Maine Food Producers Alliance www.mainefoodbiz.com

Here's a good way to learn who's who among Maine's emerging food products industry. You'll see familiar names from your grocery store. Also you'll uncover some gems that will change your life, forever.

Farms, Farmers Markets and Agricultural Events www.getrealmaine.com

If you can't find something good at this link, turn your car around and go home. Just kidding. Don't do that, just keep on driving north.

You're bound to find something good to eat. You're certainly going to meet some really nice people who care about foods and especially, Maine's authentic and historic culinary traditions. Enjoy yourself.

The above article was written by Mr Jim Britt a self proclaimed Father, Listener, Learner, Connector, Rainmaker, Struggling Blogger, Wine Fan, Foodie. Jim Britt is principle at gBritt Public Relations in Portland Maine. You can follow him on Twitter twitter.com/jamestbritt . Call him at (207) 775-2126

Other Great Links

Maine Foodie Tours
Made In Maine Food
Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
Maine Magazine - Eat
New York Times Article
Get Listed! Dining Maine