Jun
22
Jun 23

Portland Food Festival

The Portland Food Festival is a celebration of local food, music, and art. Featuring an evening marketplace-style fiesta with vendors, food trucks, libations, arts, crafts, and more, it's a great taste of Maine's creative economy. Check out more detail at www.portlandfoodfestival.com.

We offer two levels of tickets for the Festival: the $15 ticket gets you an exclusive tasting flight of local beers. $10 is our base level ticket price, which gains you entrance with no alcohol included. Note: these prices are available for "early birds" who purchase in advance of the event. Tickets will be available at the door, but with a $5 increase in price for each tier. 

This event is a part of the Portland Food Launch & Festival, a two-part event: the Launch, a morning of educational programming and networking for food entrepreneurs in every stage of business development; and the Festival. Tickets for the Launch are available separately.For more information and to buy tickets: https://www.portlandfoodfestival.com/


Jun
22
8:00 am08:00

Portland Food Launch

Are you a Maine food entrepreneur or producer looking to boost your business to the next level?

This is Maine’s premiere one-day a celebration of local food. Learn how to take your food business from passion to profits with the help of Maine business experts. The Portland Food Launch is June 22nd at Thompson’s Point in Portland. The morning and afternoon will include educational sessions and network for food entrepreneurs in “Startup, Scale-up and Accelerate” business phases. 

Startup: Learn the nuts and bolts of starting your business from a team of business experts from the SBA, The Maine Food
System Innovation Challenge, SCORE, SBDC
and New Ventures.

Scale-up: Find out how to pitch your business to secure financing and scale growth to wholesale markets. Meet one-on-one
with wholesale buyers from major food retailers and food specialty stores during a special afternoon networking session.

Accelerate: Is it time to grow your business, regionally or internationally? Hear from Maine businesses which have succeeded in national and global markets. Create a capital stack to seek funds for your business expansion and find out how to access national/global markets.

Free lunch from Maine food trucks!
$25 for all-day access
Find out more about the Portland Food Launch and Festival and to buy tickets at www.portlandfoodfestival.com.

The event is sponsored by the Greater Portland Council of Governments (GPCOG), Norway Savings Bank and Maine Technology Institute.

May
13
11:00 am11:00

May Market

Come join us for an open house where we invite the public to meet all of our member-makers operating in Fork Food Lab.  Each maker will be stationed at a table showing off their products, and in some cases providing samples.  Depending on the weather, there may be some tables outside.  There will be a cash bar operating with beer and wine for sale.

Anyone is welcome to come and admission is free, however we do encourage people to RSVP at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fork-may-market-tickets-33315679093?aff=es2

An Evening of Sampling
Mar
29
5:00 pm17:00

An Evening of Sampling

 

Join us in the tasting room at Fork for an evening of sampling with some of our members! This is an exclusive chance to be part of the R&D process. Enjoy a cold beer or glass of wine while you try some of the most unique and nutritious foods made in the Lab. Featured products include: Replenova's organic sundried and flavored cherry tomatoes, granola bits and cereal from Joyful Spirit, KT's Energy Bliss Bites and herbal teas from Anchor & Rose Apothecary, and MarthaBar's famous energy bars. Our members look forward to hearing your thoughts and feedback!

Mar
25
10:00 am10:00

Brunch at Fork

We had so much fun slinging bottomless mimosas and breakfast plates last month that we're doing it again! This time, Dirigo Coffee will be creating the menu. Catch us March 25th from 10-2 for spicy micheladas and dishes both sweet and savory. It's an exclusive opportunity to check out Fork's tasting room while enjoying the week's best meal. Tickets available here: https://www.rsvp-popup.com/events/brunch-at-fork-food-lab-portland

Fork's Spring Market
Mar
18
11:00 am11:00

Fork's Spring Market

The Spring Market is an exclusive chance to tour Fork's entire facility while learning about and tasting samples from the food makers inside our incubator. The spectrum of food and beverages made right here at Fork by our 27 companies will be available for sale, as well as some local libations to sip while you peruse. The member makers at Fork can't wait to see you and share some products they have had in R&D over the winter!

Featured Members: 
Cape Whoopies, Maine's Gourmet Whoopie Pie
White Cap Coffee
Yo'Novare
MarthaBars
Fyood Kitchen
Anchor and Rose Apothecary
Fat Pants Bakery, LLC
Replenova Farm
Renee by the Bay
Joyful Spirit
Tortillería Pachanga
Bubbe & Bestemor's Baking Company
The Whole Almond
Alicia Bars
Dirigo Coffee
Plucked Fresh Salsa

Check out details on Facebook or Eventbrite.

YES Art Works Gallery Opening at Fork
Mar
9
5:00 pm17:00

YES Art Works Gallery Opening at Fork

Something Curious Exhibit

Peek inside the wonders of the YES Art Works studios and its eccentric works on display at The Fork Food Lab. Inspired a hodgepodge of subjects, YES Art Works and its artists present a multidisciplinary body of work that which goes beyond the traditional and into the unique and untethered, the unusual and extraordinary.

Opening: Thursday, March 9 th 5-7PM

Showing March 9 – 23

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the artwork will benefit Creative Portland - the City’s official local arts agency that leverages, grows, and sustains Portland’s creative industries, enterprises, and workforce.

YES Art Works provides artistic experiences and opportunities to individuals with disabilities, supports them in their quest to become working artists, and promotes their work as an emerging and increasingly important contribution to the contemporary art world.

Girl Scout Cookie Takeover at Fork Food Lab
Mar
6
6:00 pm18:00

Girl Scout Cookie Takeover at Fork Food Lab

We've partnered with Propel and the Girl Scouts of America to bring you this evening event. Our members will be coming up with some Girl Scout Cookie concoctions in the name of charity to help raise money for this time-honored organization.

More details to come....

Fork Member Showcase (For Retailers and Wholesalers)
Feb
7
3:30 pm15:30

Fork Member Showcase (For Retailers and Wholesalers)

On February 7th, Fork Food Lab will be holding its first Member Showcase. Tables will be set up throughout the kitchen where you can try some of Portland's newest food products. This is an opportunity to meet the food producers, tour the facility, as well as network with other industry professional. The event will start at 3:30 pm and end at 6:00 pm. There is no cost for admission and beer and wine will be complimentary. You must be a grocer, retailer, distributor, broker or other type of food service professional to attend. This event is not open to the general public.

Contact eric@forkfood.com if you would like to attend

Fork Food Lab Winter Market
Dec
17
10:00 am10:00

Fork Food Lab Winter Market

Maybe you're coming to try some of the newest items being produced at Fork, maybe you're coming to pick up some tasty treats for the holiday, or maybe you just want to have a couple drinks. Either way, you're not going to want to miss Fork's winter market. 

More details to come, but think Grand Opening event...just a bit colder.

Dec
4
1:00 pm13:00

Cooking with Chris

 

Chris Papagni (of CP Consulting and former Executive Vice President of the International Culinary Center and French Culinary Institute) treats us to a culinary adventure. Cook with him in our state of the art kitchen before heading down to the Tasting Room for the feast.

On the menu:

  • Fennel & Orange Salad
  • Chicken Cacciatore
  • Blueberry Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

 Starts at 1pm. Tickets are available on Eventbrite for $90. BYOB:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cooking-with-chris-tickets-29206278766

 

 

 

 

Nov
2
6:00 pm18:00

Taste the World in Portland

Propel, CEI, MAIN, and Maine Public Health are bringing together 5 chefs representing five ethnic good group for a mix of cooking demonstrations and festivities. Check out Eventbrite for tickets.

Sep
29
9:00 am09:00

Feed the 5000: Disco Chop

Want to see what it's like to cook at Fork Food Lab? Join 60 other volunteers to help prep a meal for 5000 people using otherwise wasted food. Put on by Feed the 5000, your in store of a fun night of cooking and community. 

Jul
28
6:00 pm18:00

All Hands on Deck Dinner

Help us cook our first meal at Fork Food Lab; it will be all hands on deck as we take our kitchen equipment on its maiden voyage.

While our family-style meal may not be glamorous, it'll be fun. And since you're cooking with us, you'll get an apron to take home.

Here are the details:
72 Parris St
Portland, Maine 04101
*Time may vary

Jul
24
4:00 pm16:00

Tour and Toast

Before we open our doors, we will be hosting a tour and toast at Fork Food Lab as a reward for our First Foodie, Restaurateur, and Rent the Tasting Room Kickstarter backers.  

Here are the details: 
72 Parris St
Portland, Maine 04101
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jun
9
7:00 pm19:00

Kickstarter Launch Party at The Portland Club

The Kickstarter for the Tasting Room will go live on June 9th. To celebrate, we're throwing a party at The Portland Club

We'll cover the food and drinks, just bring yourself...and possibly your urge to donate to the Kickstarter. 

Here are the details:

June 9th, 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

The Portland Club
156 State Street
Portland, Maine 04101