Why We Celebrate
HOTH started in 2007 with the goal of creating widespread awareness of Portland, Maine’s burgeoning restaurant scene. Since then, the Forest City has been named “Foodiest Small Town in America” and “The Restaurant City of the Year,” and local chefs, brewers, and distillers keep returning home to Maine with coveted medals from the James Beard and Good Food Foundations, World Beer Cup, American Distilling Institute and many others.
All the while, HOTH has stayed true to its mission of celebrating Portland and Maine’s local- and independently-owned restaurants and the crave-worthy food, beers, ciders, wines and spirtis that attract more foodie travelers to Maine each year.
HOTH brings people together for unique experiences that encompass Portland’s culinary culture. Maybe most importantly, the Festival exists to create special opportunities to meet the hardworking people who make it all possible.
Additionally, we are committed to helping local organizations. For 2019 the Festival is proud to be supporting: Full Plates Full Potential, Maine Aquaculture Association, and Southern Maine Community College Culinary Arts.