Maine Food For Thought Tours

 By Mary Noe

Named ‘Restaurant City of the Year’ in 2018 by Bon Appetit, Portland, Maine is a popular destination for foodies and culinary connoisseurs. One of the best ways to experience Portland’s evolving culinary, restaurant, and environmental scene is on a Maine Food For Thought tour. Co-founders Bryce and Sarah Hach have designed walking tours in Portland’s Old Port that showcase top restaurants and innovative chefs who incorporate the local, sustainably sourced bounty of the region into their seasonal menus.

The Hach’s mission is “…to reveal the distinctive stories of Maine’s unique food system, and the social, environmental, and economic connections” as they provide guests with an “entertaining, educational and delicious local seasonal food experience.” To do so, they have partnered with esteemed local chefs and restaurants who use “Maine Grown and Caught” ingredients from local farms and waters. A variety of partners, including the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, the Maine Farmland Trust, and the Maine Historical Society, also contribute educational resources. During the engaging tours, guests meet chefs, observe cooking techniques, and learn about Maine’s thriving food system environment while sampling delicious dishes at some of Portland’s top restaurants.

Land, Sea to Fork Tours run through December 21, 2019. The 2020 season schedule will be available for booking in February at Maine Food For Thought Tours, and tours will run from March—December. Private events can be scheduled year-round in partnership with The Press Hotel with UNION Restaurant. For more information, visit

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From Santa Barbara to Barcelona, Contributing Editor Mary Noe loves to discover local food, culture, customs, and personalities.