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Food Events, Groups, + Classes

Cultivating Community‘s mission is to strengthen communities by growing food, preparing youth leaders and new farmers, and promoting social and environmental justice. They connect Maine's newest Americans--primarily immigrants from East Africa and Central America--with the land, skills, and resources needed to start farm-based enterprises.

The Eat Maine Facebook group, an offshoot of Maine magazine, is a guide to the latest Maine food news, events, what’s in season, and places to eat both on and off the beaten path.

Eat Maine Foods is the networking site of the Eat Local Foods Coalition of Maine. You can create a profile and connect with other local foods enthusiasts, find an event, or participate in the forum. Also, check out the Maine Food Map to find the nearest apple orchard or raw milk producer.

Elizabeth Fraser of Girl Gone Raw offers classes on raw food preparation. Eager to learn more? Attend one of the free monthly potlucks the second Sunday of every month at Elizabeth’s home on Munjoy Hill.

Local Sprouts is a culinary and cultural organization with a mission to provide people in Maine with creative local and organic food and holistic learning through cooking. To get a taste of what this means, check out the Local Sprouts Cafe, which serves healthy dishes at affordable prices.

Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association sponsors food, agriculture, and farming-related events throughout the year, from mushroom cultivation workshops to conversations about how education can support agriculture in Maine. Check out their event calendar and don’t miss their annual Common Ground Fair in Unity each September.

Pocket Brunch is an intermittent multi-course brunch series held in various Maine locations, featuring local chefs.

The Portland Farmers’ Market graces Deering Oaks with tables of fresh produce every Saturday, and Monument Square every Wednesday, from May through November. The Winter Farmers' Market at Urban Farm Fermentory in East Bayside lasts from the first Saturday in December until the second to last Saturday in April. 

The Portland Food Co-op is a grocery store, owned by members and open to the public, that offers a wide selection of high quality and fairly priced local, organic, and natural foods and household products. You can become an owner-member.

Portland Food Map is a comprehensive guide to food and drink in Portland, with regular food news updates, a map of Portland’s restaurants arranged by category, and an exhaustive list of all things food-related—from fish mongers to doughnut shops, Indian restaurants to food blogs. Stay up to date on what’s cooking in the Portland food scene with their event calendar.

The Portland Permaculture Meetup Group has over 700 members of all ages, ranging from local food enthusiasts to local resilience and sustainable living advocates. Group activities include potlucks, workshops—permaculture design, foraging, and cold-frame building are some recent topics—as well as lectures, discussions, and film screenings.

Rabelais is a well-regarded food and cookbook store run by Smantha Hoyt Lindgren and Don Lindgren. It’s located in the North Dam Mill in nearby Biddeford. The store sponsors many food-related events, including a FoodFilms series and book signings. Check out their calendar.

Urban Farm Fermentory is a hub of creative fermentation located in a reclaimed warehouse in East Bayside. Beyond fermented beverages like cider, mead, and kombucha, you will also find classes on everything from mushroom cultivation to composting. The Winter Farmers' Market is held at UFF from December to April.