Gastronomical event converges on Portland

The culinary benefit of the year unfolds on Sunday, when food lovers from all over southern Maine flock to Portland to taste delights cooked up by some of the state’s top chefs and mixologists. As many as 25 Maine restaurants are participating in this year’s Taste of the Nation, an event that raises money to fight childhood hunger in Maine.


WHEN: Sunday 4:30 to 8 p.m.

WHERE: The Leavitt & Parris Pavilion on the grounds of the Ocean Gateway International Marine Terminal, 14 Ocean Gateway Pier

HOW MUCH: General admission is $95; VIP admission is $250 (VIP guests get in at 3 p.m.)


But nobody doesn’t like … whoopie pies!

Who doesn’t like to make some whoopie? Take a road trip Saturday to Dover-Foxcroft for the second annual Maine Whoopie Pie Festival. Highlights include a fun run, a whoopie-pie eating contest, a create-your-own-whoopie-pie event, music by David Mallett and, of course, whoopie pies galore.


WHEN: Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE: Home base is the Center Theatre for the Performing Arts, 20 East Main St., Dover-Foxcroft

HOW MUCH: $6 adults, $3 children, $15 for family four-pass. Whoopie pie tokens are 25 cents each or 5 for $1. Tickets for the David Mallett concert are $15 in advance or $17 at the door.

INFO: Call 564-8943 or go to