One of Maine's most popular culinary events is finally back. Starting March 1st and running through the 12th is the 16th edition of Maine Restaurant Week.

Maine Restaurant Week

This incredible celebration of local food and drink all started back in 2009. Created by Gillian and Jim Britt, the yearly festival is a way for Mainers to experience our amazing culinary spirit. Inspired to get people out and help fill restaurants in the winter, Maine Restaurant Week has been extremely popular with both diners and the industry.

Maine Restaurant Week is an opportunity for Mainers to experience special menus at local restaurants and hit up incredible events, as well as helping a great cause, the Preble Street Resource Center. Event ticket sales and sponsorships have helped Maine Restaurant Week give back quite a bit to an organization that does so much for the community.

2024 Maine Restaurant Week Schedule

There's plenty to do during Maine Restaurant Week this year. A huge number of restaurants are participating. Plus, some great events have returned.

Incredible Breakfast Cook-Off - One of the most popular events is back once again for 2024. The breakfast cook-off will put some of the best restaurants in the area against one another for breakfast supremacy. It is hosted once again by the Sea Dog Brewery in South Portland. The event will also feature our very own Captain and Celeste, broadcasting live from the event.

Spirit Quest - It's an event presented by Maine Spirits. The already sold-out event is essentially a "pub crawl" where the participant doesn't know the locations until the actual day of. It will be held on Sunday, March 3, in downtown Portland.

You can find out more information about these events and the participating restaurants by visiting Maine Restaurant Week's website. A lot of the eateries have posted their menus and/or specials. It's always so much fun perusing the options.

Congrats, and best of luck to the Britt's for this year's event and the future. And a big thank-you to them, the participating restaurants, sponsors and all, who help give back to the Preble Street Resource Center. Maine Restaurant Week is truly a premier celebration that has created a lasting impact on this community.

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