2021 Flavors of Freeport

Flavors of Freeport, the annual celebration of food and drink in Freeport, Maine, is taking place February 1 – 28. This year the Visit Freeport (website, facebook, instagram) organization has created two ways to explore the restaurants and other businesses in town.

Restaurants, coffee shops and other food businesses will be offering Freeport On The Menu specials during February. Take a look at the Visit Freeport website and/or check in with your favorite Freeport businesses on instagram for details on what they have to offer.

Also during February take part in Freeport Foodie Lotto with the chance to win a $1,000 prize or gift cards from local businesses. Download a copy of the game card and earn Flavors of Freeport stamps by spending $10 or more at one of the participating businesses. You can get stamps for the Stay in Freeport squares by making making a hotel reservation, and earn a stamp for the center square by making a donation of $10 to the Freeport Community Services Food Pantry. Full details and rules are included on the game card, along with details on all the participating businesses.

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Source Awards

Nominations are now open for the 6th Annual Press Herald Source Awards. The awards recognize “Mainers’ most promising, innovative and successful efforts – large and small – to combat climate change, and to otherwise protect, sustain and conserve our beautiful state, its resources and waters”. Numerous food and agricultural businesses have been recognized in past years.

You can nominate a sustainable initiative you admire online now through March 1st.

Kids Are Cooking

Today’s Maine Sunday Telegram includes an article on how kids are doing more home cooking during the pandemic.

Kids and teens have taken advantage of pandemic downtime to turn up the heat on their passions for cooking, say parents, as well as local and national cooking instructors. Some have used time at home to expand their interest in baking, grilling or cooking in general, while others are learning their way around the kitchen for the first time. The process for kids can be educational, and more parents these days are looking for constructive things for children to do at home, since most only physically go to school a couple days a week. Learning to cook can be a form of entertainment – something to do besides video games or watching TV – and take a bit of pressure off parents who during the pandemic have had to make three meals a day for the whole family.

Coco Cones Chicken and Waffles

A new business opened Friday on the second floor of the Public Market House. Coco Cones (instagram) serves fried chicken in a waffle cone with a choice of three sauces: MJ Maple, garlic lemon, and smoky Coco. They also offer a falafel sandwich.

Owner Casey Jabrawi also owns and operates Paella Seafood on Forest Ave. Coco Cones is open Monday through Saturday, 10 am – 2 pm.

2021 Maine Restaurant Week

The Press Herald has published an update on this year’s edition of Maine Restaurant Week which is taking place March 1 – 12.

Instead of offering the traditional Restaurant Week three-course menus, Maine restaurants – many of which are struggling financially – have simply been asked to come up with something creative to offer diners. And in another nod to the pandemic, Restaurant Week specials will be available for curbside takeout as well as indoor and outdoor dining.

Business Closing Time Rolled Back

The 9 pm closing time implemented in Maine to curtail the spread of Covid-19 has been rolled back, reports the Press Herald.

Beginning Monday, businesses that had been subject to the requirement may resume evening operating hours while continuing to follow other public health and safety requirements. Mills pointed to Maine’s declining rate of positive tests and fewer cases per million people to support her decision.

The Pink Waffle Food Truck

A new food truck called The Pink Waffle (instagram) is now under development, and owner Roux Kehoe hopes to have renovations completed in time for a launch on March 1st.

This Sunday you can try out their waffle-centric menu at a Pink Waffle pop-up taking place at Figgy’s on Walker Street (10 am – 1 pm).

The pop-up menu features a variety of waffle breakfast sandwiches, a vegan waffle breakfast sandwich, and a build your own waffle option with a variety of sweet and savory toppings.

Kehoe is a 2009 graduate of the culinary program at SMCC, cooked in Colorado for several years, and since moving back to Maine has worked in catering and in restaurants and helped launched the kitchen at Candy’s when it opened on Portland Street.