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Portland Maine Summer Kickoff Weekend & Old Port Fest – June 9-11

Old Port Festival

(Courtesy of PortlandMaine.com)

The thermometer is beginning to rise and Portland, Maine is ready to welcome in summer with the Summer Kickoff Weekend beginning on Friday, June 9th and leading up the 44th Annual Old Port Festival on Sunday, June 11 from 11am-5pm.

The weekend will start with the Square Hop & Window Walk from 6-8pm with continuous entertainment in four locations; Longfellow Square, Congress Square Park, Monument Square, and Post Office Park. You’ll be entertained with music, balancing acts & stunts, we understand.

On Saturday, you can Walk the Working Waterfront from 11am-3pm and according to PortlandMaine.com this will be “a unique opportunity to explore Portland’s marine economy. Dozens of businesses will be open up and down the wharves & piers lining Commercial Street. Come down to amble, to sample seafood snacks, to climb aboard a boat — or just to enjoy the atmosphere.”

Wrap up the Summer Kickoff Weekend on Sunday at the family-friendly Old Port Festival featuring music, art, food, and entertainment for all ages. For more information on the schedules at the various stages throughout downtown visit Old Port Festival Schedule 2017.

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29th Annual Chocolate Lovers’ Fling – Portland, Maine

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The much anticipated Chocolate Lovers’ Fling now in its 29th year and the largest fundraiser for SARSSM (Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine) welcomes spring with you guessed it, CHOCOLATE!

Mark the date, Sunday, April 12, 2015 from 1-4pm at the Holiday Inn by the Bay (88 Spring Street, Portland, Maine) and buy your tickets ASAP as there is nothing like this event as you indulge in chocolate from the best “chocolatiers” in Maine! According to The 29th Annual Chocolate Lovers’ Fling website:

You will be seated at tables for ten (hopefully you will invite friends and family to join you) and be served a feast of fudge, truffles and tortes. You will marvel at mousses and delight in delicacies created by the best chefs in Cumberland and York Counties. Our “Chocolatiers” each make hundreds of their favorite treats for attendees, all the while competing for top honors in several different categories. The winners are determined by a panel of local celebrity and culinary judges, but the People’s Choice Award will be decided by the event participants.

 

This event will sell out so get your tickets today online at http://www.chocolateloversfling.org/tickets.html

Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine (SARSSM). As SARSSM’s largest fundraiser, this event provides critical funding for the education and response services delivered to schools, communities and citizens throughout York and Cumberland Counties.

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Maine Restaurant Week – March 1-14, 2015

Maine Restaurant Week has been such a hit…heck it’s TWO WEEKS starting Sunday, March 1, 2015 and running until March 14th! You’ll see once again there are many participating restaurants and eateries across the state with many concentrated here in Portland, Maine to delight your taste buds.

This years Maine Restaurant Week has a few interesting events planned like The Pancake Races at Bissell Brothers Brewing Company and the Chef-Am Bowling Tournament at Bayside Bowl.

The Signature Event this year is a food and cocktail pairing competition at Prime Mercedes Benz on US Route 1 in Scarborough on Sunday, March 8, from 530pm to 8pm. According to Maine Restaurant Week,

“Bartenders will work with their restaurant’s chef to invent cocktails that pair perfectly with flavors from the kitchen. The challenge is to create cocktails and dishes that play to each others strengths and deliver a unique cocktail and food tasting experience. Come ready to sip and taste your way through each of the pairings, cast votes for your favorites and help choose Maine’s top bartenders and chefs.”

This is a 21+ event. Tickets are $50 per person or $45 each for groups of four or more. Includes all cocktail and food pairings plus hors d’oeuvres and food stations.

Your 2015 Signature Event Competitors: Academe (Kennebunk), Sonny’s (Portland), David’s (Portland), 40 Paper (Camden), The Good Table Restaurant (Cape Elizabeth), Fuel (Lewiston), Lolita (Portland), Marche (Lewiston), Natalie’s (Camden), The Tavern (Brunswick), TIQA (Portland), and Timber (Portland)
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Portland Maine Trivia Nights Updated!

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In the winter months especially we all need to get out of the house and hit some great local bars to take on some trivia!  Leave your cell phone off please, and use your team and wit to win some great prizes!

Trivia nights are a great way to catch up with old friends and also make some new ones!  Check the list below!

Monday:

Location- Sebago Brewing Old Port

Date of event: Every Monday

Time of event: 7 pm

Event Address: 211 Fore St, Portland, ME

Description: We pack the house at our Portland and Kennebunk brewpubs.  Get a team together or come solo for the best quiz night in town!

Tuesday

Location- Binga’s Stadium, Portland- Stump Team Trivia!

Date of Event- Every Tuesday

Time of event: 8pm

Event Address: 77 Free Street, Portland, ME

Description: Stump!  Trivia bring your friends and win some money!

Location: Dogfish Cafe Trivia Night!

Time of event: 8pm

Date of Event:  Every Tuesday until March 31st 2015!

Event Address: 128 Free St, Portland, Me

Description- No cover charge, giving out a wide variety and best prizes in Portland!  Think you know trivia?  Come test your knowledge with us!

Location:  Trivia Tuesday at Rira!

Date of Event:  Every Tuesday

Time of event: 8:30pm

Event Address:  72 Commercial St, Portland, ME

Description:  Portland’s award winning trivia night.  Come see who comes out on top!

Wednesday

Location/Name:  Brian Boru Trivia Night!

Time of event- 7pm

Date of Event:  Every Wednesday

Event Address: 57  Center St, Portland, Me

 

Thursday:

Location: Bugaboo Creek’s Throwback Thursday Trivia (New)

Name of Event: Throwback Trivia

Date of Event: Every Thursday

Time of Event: 7 pm

Event address: 264 Gorham Road, South Portland

Description: Pop culture trivia from the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s.

 

Location:  Margarita’s Trivia Night!

Date of Event:  Every Thursday

Time of Event: 7:30pm

Event Address:  Margarita’s.  11 Brown St, Portland, Me

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If you’re aware of any other trivia nights in Greater Portland that we may have missed or that bars/restaurants have recently added, please let us know by Suggesting an Event. Thank you! – See more at our older link- http://www.iloveportlandmaine.com/2010/08/23/portland-maine-trivia-nights/

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Portland On Tap- January 24, 2015!

Courtesy of Portland On Tap

Courtesy of Portland On Tap

Portland On Tap will be this  Saturday, January 24th from 2:30PM to 6PM at the Portland Company Marine Complex.  The great event will showcase over 100 releases from some of America’s best craft breweries.  Those in attendance will receive an unlimited sampling of beers, and a great array of live music.  Their will also be great good available for purchase and awesome vendors!

 

 
Tickets are $35 and can be purchased HERE, and they are going fast!

 

 

Ticket prices increase by $10 at the door so get yours early!

See you there!

 

 

 

 

 

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Check out Dutch’s in Portland!

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With a city that is known for it’s great food scene it can be intimating for a new restaurant to open.  Dutch’s opened quietly back in November and since then has been getting rave reviews ever since.  Nestled in between Arcadia and Slab on Preble street Dutch’s is a made from scratch breakfast and lunch style restaurant.

Ian Dutch is a Belfast native with over 20 years of cooking experience in Boston, San Francisco and Nantucket and attended The Culinary Institute of America.  The couple have even been personal chefs for a family in Nantucket.  With 30 years combined experience the couple invite you in to their new restaurant to try comfort food like you have never seen.  Stop in and try some cheesy grits or warm peanut butter and strawberry jam sandwiches for Breakfast.  Try a Fancy Tuna Melt or an their take on an old fashioned grilled cheese!  Enjoy, and show them some Portland support!

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Click here to see full menu and website

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Check out Dutch’s at 28 Preble St in Portland!  

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Our vote for best pizza of 2014: SLAB

Courtesy of I Love Portland ME

Courtesy of I Love Portland ME

 

We figured just incase you haven’t heard of what Slab is offering yet since it’s opening this past early Summer, we got you covered.  Portlanders will always debate who has the best pizza in town.  Our vote goes to SLAB.  In it’s very first year alone SLAB has already achieved a great following and attracted national attention.  Of course there’s the original hand slab, but it’s menu goes far beyond that.  For your first time there, you know what to do:  Hand Slab and some of the best local beer around.  After that go nuts.  The menu ranges from Italian styles sandwiches, meat and cheese plates, and probably the best puff pastry desert you will ever try.  Our recommendations would be a Hand Slab, Meatloaf meatball, Puff pastry (Girelle) and finish it off with any local brew. 

Check out SlabPortland.com for full menu and check them out on Facebook.

 

With so much great food and pizza going on in Portland these days it was hard but SLAB for us here at ILPM takes 1st place! So if you’re in the mood for mouth watering Pizza and Sicilian style street food, head down and check them out at 25 Preble St in Portland!

 

 

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PortlandFoodMap.com’s New Years Eve Portland Maine Dinner Plans 2015

Thanks to our friends at PortlandFoodMap.com for their annual New Years Eve Portland Dinner plan list noting the many Portland Maine area restaurants hosting special NYE events. Feel free to check back on their site as they may update their list with other establishments as plans get finalized. You’ll likely want to call ahead and make a reservation, if allowed, as these will all be well-attended. Enjoy and Happy New Years Portland, Maine!

      • Artemisia Cafe, 4-course dinner for $65 per person
      • Bao Bao Dumpling House is holding a Chinese street food party starting at 10pm, “$28 buys you a glass a bubbles and passed bites all night”.
      • BiBo’s Madd Apple Cafe, 3-course dinner, $50 per person.
      • Boone’s, 5-course dinner, $85/$110 per person
      • Central Provisions is throwing a party. The $100 tickets comes with a “welcome punch, passed hors d’oeuvres, 2 drink tickets and a midnight toast
      • Ebb & Flow is serving their regular menu “plus lots of specials” and will be “giving out free bubbles to everyone to ring in 2015″.
      • Eventide, will be throwing a party, $50 per person
      • Five Fifty-Five, 5-course dinner in the restaurant for $100 per person with optional wine pairings and truffle, caviar, and oyster supplements. Five Fifty-Five is also planning a champagne and caviar lounge in their private dinning room for $50 per person.
      • Grace will be serving their regular dinner menu. A cover charge of $20 (which funds the Good Shepherd Food Bank) will get you into the late night party which comes with complementary champagne toast.
      • MJ’s Wine Bar “will be offering 9 different sparkling wines by the glass this year. All at either $6 or $10 a glass”.
      • Petite Jacqueline, 3-course dinner for $70 per person, there are also optional truffle, caviar, oyster and foie gras supplements.
      • Piccolo, 8-course tasting menu with a glass of prosecco, $110 per person
      • Sea Glass at Inn by the Sea, 4-course menu, $85 per person with optional wine pairing for $30
      • The Frog & Turtle, 4-course dinner $65 per person
      • Vinland, 5-course/5-snack tasting menu, $90 per person
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New Year’s Eve 2015 in Portland!

Each year here at ILPM we try and highlight some of our favorite New Year’s events!  It’s becoming harder and harder each year to talk about/cover all of them in a city that does so much for one night!  Here are a few of our favorites for the big night as we say goodbye to 2014!

 

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-Grace New Year’s Eve Bash

Location:  Grace Restaurant, 15 Chestnut Street, Portland.

Time:  9pm

Tickets:  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/956418

This is the 6th New Year’s Eve Bash Grace as had!  This year they are changing it up a bit to provide the best possible party!  This will be a ticket only event, so you can avoid the lines!  You will be greeted with a champagne toast upon arrival, dance the night away with a fantastic DJ and ring in the new year with us and 250 new friends.  Again, this will be a ticket only event with proceeds of the ticket sales going to support the important work of Good Shepard Food Bank!

 

 

 

 

 

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Children’s Museum New Year’s at Noon and New Year’s at 2. 

Location:  Maine Children’s Museum, 142 Free St, Portland.

Time:  10AM-12PM

This is family friendly version of a New Year’s Eve Celebration!  The Museum will host their annual New Year’s Party for kids.  New Year’s at Noon (starting little early this year) will feature lots of fun for the little ones, along with 500 balloons!  The New Year’s PJ Party is free with Admission.

From 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM…

If you want to celebrate New Year’s in a quieter fashion with “hat-making and merriment”.  The event is free with Admission. Please note…

For more information visit:  http://www.great-maine-vacations.com/new-years-eve-maine.html#sthash.KueT24cd.dpuf 

 

 

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Midnight Masquerade- Portland Marriott at Sable Oaks

Location- Portland Marriott at Sable Oaks, Grand Ballroom, 200 Sable Oaks Drive, South Portland.

Time:  Events starting at 6:30pm.

Celebrate the traditions of carnival and Mardi Gras as DJ Brian Zutter and The Bob Charest Band keep you moving all night.  From 6:30-7:30pm enjoy cocktail hour, 7:30-9pm enjoy dinner at the hotel, 9pm-1am enjoy ringing in the new year!  There are multiple ticket options available for this event, and even a ticket option that gets you a special discounted rate for the hotel for the evening!

For Reservations and more Information, call the Marriott Hotline at 207-347-6874, E-mail
banquets@marriott-sableoaks.com
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call The Bob Charest Band at 207-797-3848, E-mail

cindy@bobcharestmusic.com
www.BobCharestBand.com

 

4th Annual All Access Party Pass

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If dancing and moving location to location on New Year’s Eve is your thing then this is the pass for you.

The All Access Party Pass-Downtown puts the hottest spots in the coolest areas of the city all onto one itinerary for New Year’s Eve 2014! Gain entry to the most sought after downtown hot spots, each with NYE perks and amenities including:

-Complimentary General Admission to multiple events. Feel free to party hop all night long so go to one or go to all…the choice is yours!

-Live performances by super hot DJs spinning hip hop, dance, rock, Top 40’s and 80’s

-Festive New Year’s Eve party favors

Gain Access to any of the following bars:

51 Wharf Nightclub
Bonfire Country Bar
Fore Play Sports Pub
Oasis
Red Bull VIP Party

$35.00 All Access General Admission
$70.00 All Access VIP Line Skip

Purchase Tickets- http://nypm.ticketleap.com/allaccess2014/

 

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WCYY New Year’s Eve Bash- Soulive and Rustic Overtones at The State Theatre.

Location-  State Theatre, 609 Congress St, Portland Maine

Time:  Doors:  8pm.  Show: 9pm

If live music is your thing on New Year’s Eve this is the best of the best.  Head into the historic State Theatre to see Maine’s own Rustic Overtones opening for Soulive to ring in the New Year!

Buy Tickets online at http://www.statetheatreportland.com or in person at the Cumberland Country Box Office or charge by phone at 800-745-3000 .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is 5 different kind of events, but we want to hear what you are planning!  Have an event that you’re attending or want us to highlight?  Let us know. Email us or comment on facebook!

 

Have a Safe and Happy New Year!

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Bramhall Pub Opens in Portland

If you had ever been to the old Bramhall in Portland, Maine, you may remember the pool tables and dart boards, well those are gone. But the brick walls, stained glass windows of the Bramhall Pub are still there. The old sign still stands outside, showing the way to the stairs leading down to the grotto-like space, which has the feel of a secret find here in Portland.

The bar now had 12 stools and is on your left when you first walk in. Behind the bar you will find a piece of old slate, that serves as a specials board. You will also find vintage claw-foot bathtubs are filled with ice to chill beer and wine. There are also 14 more seats at tables as well. Jerks of Grass will play for the opening on tonight,  just as they did every Thursday at the old Bramhall. Happy Hour will be from 4 to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Employees of Maine Medical Center can show their IDs for extended Happy Hour prices. Bramhall Pub opens at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9. Beginning on Oct 10 it will be open from 11 a.m. – 1 a.m. daily.

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