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MaineCooking Vacations, Foodie Tours, Culinary Getaways

There is no question that lobsters highlight the menus in many Maine restaurants and these tasty crustaceans are a delicacy that should not be missed, but Maine offers fine culinary options throughout the state. As the national food press sends out enthusiastic reports, more people are coming to Maine to learn in this creative environment. They’re finding a culinary landscape that makes the state a delicious destination for people with a range of culinary predilections. Maine chefs are hot—not just popular but drawing heavy-duty national acclaim-- its farmers markets are booming, specialty foods, microbrews, and wines are winning national and regional awards, and foragers are finding an array of wild edibles that offer new taste sensations to adventurous eaters. For the dedicated foodie, Maine has something exciting to offer, something distinctively its own.

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High Cookery in the Kennebunks
The culinary wind has changed here, bringing a buzz to local restaurants, farms, fairs and festivals. People are coming to this part of Maine for the food and discovering a broad landscape of choices…each unique and distinctive, largely due to the many award-winning chefs. Come join in the fun!
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Kennebunkport, Maine

— Maine Cooking Schools —

74 Maine Bistro
Damariscotta 207-563-7444
In our classes, you will learn techniques for searing, sautéing and deglazing. Producing a perfectly browned piece of meat or fish often eludes even experienced home cooks. Come and learn the tricks of the trade in our technique-based classes.
Blueberry Point Chefs
Perry 207-853-4629
Make your downeast Maine vacation a culinary adventure as you learn cooking skills and techniques while exploring the beauty of the downeast Maine coast and Atlantic Canada. Classes are held on a unique 150 acre blueberry farm perched above Passamaquoddy Bay.
Five Seasons Cooking School
Portland 207-780-0738
Lisa is able to bring her culinary expertise to individual homes and businesses to teach cooking classes. These classes are designed around the foods and techniques that Lisa incorporates into her cooking. Whether it’s for beginners or fledgling chefs, there is always an exciting course for your group!
Healthy Habits Culinary Studio
Sanford 207-490-1222
We are a place where kids learn about healthy cooking choices in a fun, tasty and nurturing environment. We have created a kitchen "like home" that provides your child with confidence that they can take what they learn here at Healthy Habits Culinary Studio, and reproduce the techniques at home.
Keys to the Kitchen
Kennebunkport 207-967-4904
Whether there is a group of new mothers who want to learn about healthy cooking for babies, or a bunch of guys that have caught the big fish, we have a variety of chefs that will teach technique or any specialty that interests you.
Kitchen & Cork
Scarborough 207-885-5727
Our class setting is small. We believe in hands-on so we keep the maximum number to 10. We have many classes to choose from with "Homemade Pasta" being our most popular class. You can learn everything from sushi to knife skills. We especially like doing our kids classes.
Maine Foodie Tours
Portland 207-233-7485
Join Maine Foodie Tours and TASTE your way through town! Learn why Portland, Maine was named "the foodiest small town in America" by Bon Appetit (October, 2009). Our entertaining guides will immerse you in rich cultural history while satisfying your taste buds with the culinary delights of Maine. Visit us at www.mainfoodietours.com.
Man with a Pan
Scarborough 207-650-1404
Portland Maine was recently named by the Food Network one of the 3 top culinary destinations in the United States. Man with a Pan Culinary Adventure will explore the Southern Maine region of Greater Portland so you will discover why it earned this honor.
Matthew Kenney Academy
Belfast 207-338-4684
Matthew Kenney Academy courses are open to those who are interested in exploring aspects of high-level raw food cuisine in beautiful, mid-coast of Maine. This course employs a project-based learning approach in a collaborative setting, emphasizing the use of raw food techniques in a real-world environment.
Now You’re Cooking
Bath 207-443-1402
Now You’re Cooking is located in historic downtown Bath, Maine, occupying the first floor of one full block adjacent to City Hall, at 49 Front Street. In addition to fabulous cookware, Now You’re Cooking also hosts cooking classes, weekly product demonstrations and monthly wine tastings.
Winterport 207-223-0990
Each class, under the guidance of resident chef Kathy Winberg, includes recipes, a generous sampling of all the prepared dishes and delicious wines. Class size is limited to ensure an intimate learning environment for all levels of home cooks, from the beginner to the aficionado.
Penobscot School
Rockland 207-594-1084
Penobscot School’s primary mission is to offer effective courses of language study for adults. In an effort to expose students to the true culture of their country of interest, Penobscot School now offers an international cooking class series.
Stonewall Kitchen
Portland 207-879-2409
The Stonewall Kitchen Celebrity Chef Series is offered at our Company Stores throughout New England. Cooking Classes include recipe tastings, printed menu packet, Stonewall Kitchen product samples, and 10% off any store purchases made that day. The classes are informal with ongoing interaction between chef and students.
The Black Tie Company
Portland 207-761-6665
Black Tie Cooks offers hands-on and demonstration cooking classes in our professional kitchen, taught by an assortment of our world class catering chefs and guest professionals. These classes are intimate and have a maximum of 12 students each.
The Robinhood Free Meetinghouse
Georgetown 207-371-2188
Savor the zest of life by mixing cooking and friendship. Add fine wine to complete the event, and you have our Cook Without Fear program. You will work side-by-side with us as you prepare a complete five-course meal and sit down to eat it, accompanied by fine wine.
The Tasting Spoon
Caribou 207-493-4607
Invite your friends and family over for a cooking party with The Tasting Spoon. Learn new techniques and cuisines, then sit down and enjoy what you made. All recipes are provided so that you can prepare these delicious dishes on you own.

Taste What's Happening!

Kennebunkport Festival

6/6/2016 - 6/11/2016
Become immersed in a world of top chefs, fine wines, beautiful homes, acclaimed artists & the quintessential oceanfront charm of Kennebunkport.

Maine Whoopie Pie Festival

Bakers from around the country come together to share their love of whoopie pies with the world!

South Berwick Strawberry Festival

South Berwick
The Strawberry Festival is a yearly event filled with entertainment, food, artisans and strawberry shortcakes!

Salad Days

A buffet picnic lunch of locally grown and prepared foods and a hand-made ceramic plate of your choice to keep.

Central Maine Egg Festival

7/11/2016 - 7/16/2016
A celebration of the brown egg industry, an Early Bird Breakfast, chicken barbeque, craft fair and fireworks.

Yarmouth Clam Festival

7/15/2016 - 7/17/2016
Parade; fireworks; clam shucking contests; a firefighter's muster; a pancake breakfast; concerts; and, of course, a delicious array of food.

Smokin' at the Ballpark

Old Orchard Beach
7/16/2016 - 7/17/2016
The Beach, BBQ and Balloons with hot air tethered balloon rides, music, food and fun! Benefits Make A Wish Foundation of Maine.

Rails, Tails, & Ales

Booth Bay
Imagine historic Maine buildings surrounding the Village Green filled with classic cars, brewers' tables, and live music all afternoon.

The Kneading Conference

7/28/2016 - 7/29/2016
Brings together farmers, bakers, and earth oven enthusiasts to explore the art and science of growing & milling grains & baking artisan breads.

Artisan Bread Fair

Wood-fired oven demos, artisan bread samples, & opportunities to talk with bakers to explore books, tools, & accoutrements to artisan bread baking.

Maine Lobster Festvial

8/3/2016 - 8/7/2016
20,000 pounds of lobster, parade, top notch entertainment, fine art, crafts, cooking contests, marine tent and more!

Blueberry Festival

8/5/2016 - 8/6/2016
Blueberry muffins, cake, & pies. Blueberry cookoff & chili contest, blacksmithing, music & fireworks.

Winter Harbor Lobster Festival

Winter Harbor
Maine blueberry pancake breakfast, craft fair, lobster dinners and a parade down Main Street.

Machias Wild Blueberry Festival

8/19/2016 - 8/20/2016
Come celebrate the powerful little fruit that put our corner of Downeast Maine on the map.

Wells ChiliFest

The Chili Cook-Offs are sanctioned by and run in accordance to the rules of the International Chili Society.

Harbor Fest

Booth Bay
9/2/2016 - 9/11/2016
Something for everyone: Music Lovers, Foodies, Craft Beer Fans, Artists, Collectors, Wine Connoisseurs, Fashionistas, Athletes, Shopaholics...

Nostrano Garlic Festival

Southwest Harbor
9/9/2016 - 9/11/2016
A gathering of local restaurants, musicians, brewers & garlic growers - raises thousands of dollars for local non-profit organizations.

Claw Down

East Boothbay
You will enjoy savory lobster bites from eighteen local chefs while sipping on wines from Central Distributors.

Maine Lakes Brew Fest

A chance to sample Maine's best brews and wines. Great music, awesome food and the popular Point Sebago Artisan's Craft Show.
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