As you shop for your big holiday meal, remember these Maine products that will make it a successful day and support local businesses.

How Will These Items Help Others?

These days, I don't cook Thanksgiving or Christmas meals, but visit other homes on those days. But I remember the years when I hosted Thanksgiving at my house. I loved not only preparing the meal and coming up with new recipes to add to the old favorites, but also dressing up the table to look as festive as possible. I'd dig out all the nice stemware that I didn't use all year long and place it on a pretty tablecloth.

Get our free mobile app

Living in Maine, we have so many options for making any holiday more flavorful and appealing. And the best part is that, by purchasing all these Maine-based products, we're helping our fellow residents earn a living. It's a win-win situation that will bring the blessings of the holiday to more than just those sitting around your table.

How Can I Involve My Guests in the Maine-Based Fun?

I came up with 20 ideas for Maine products that you should have for your holiday meal, but I'm sure I probably missed a few. Get creative. Think outside the box. What types of delicious foods could you create with Maine products? It actually could be a fun family project. Contact the people who will be attending your holiday meal and challenge each of them to come up with a Maine-based dish or non-food addition to bring on that day. Hopefully, these 20 things will help you come up with some ideas of your own.

Don't Forget These 20 Maine Essentials for Your Holiday Meal

Adding a few of these suggestions to your holiday meal can help support local businesses and make it a successful and delicious event.

Here's 30 Maine Craft Beers to Get Lost on an Island With

Thanks to our great listeners, we compiled a list of many of Maine breweries' best beers. The ones you would love to have if lost on a deserted island.

These great spots can be found across the state, waiting for you to try them. Many can be found on Beer Advocate's Maine Craft Beer Top 100 Rankings.

How many of these have you had?

Maine Food Joints to Stuff Yourself for $20.

Got a $20 spot? Eat at one of these places...

More From 94.3 WCYY