By Lee Howard
BAR HARBOR, Maine — Bar Harbor is the gateway to Acadia National Park. The rugged coastline draws tourists and so does the food scene.
The region’s much-loved Maine lobster roll makes an appearance on a culinary walking tour of Bar Harbor, run by Maine Foodie Tours from May to October.
“It’s a classic in any seafaring town like Bar Harbor,” said Pamela Laskey, the company’s director. “We serve it in the restaurant that every year wins the award for the best lobster roll in town.”
A two-and-a-half-hour walking tour stops at three different restaurants for sit-down mini servings, as well as four other unique spots. Tastings include peekytoe crab cakes with remoulade sauce, and Seal Cove goat’s cheese — a chevre rolled in tarragon and served with locally baked bread.
Expert guides can tailor tours to include the history of local dishes and the area, as well as the geography of Acadia National Park.
“The tours are designed to be highly interactive,” Laskey said. “We split large groups into a maximum of 14 guests per guide and we crisscross our way through the same locations, but going in different directions. They have the same experience and they start and end together.”
Visitors who want to explore Maine’s thriving craft beer scene should consider the company’s new Happy Hour Tour, an old-fashioned pub crawl.
Maine Foodie Tours can accommodate larger groups on their similar culinary walking tours and Happy Hour Tours in Portland, Rockland and Kennebunkport. Bar Harbor is best for groups of 28 or less to really get a feel for the small town’s cuisine and hear about its home on Mount Desert Island.
Motorcoaches use the large public parking space on the south side of West Street between Agamont Lane and Main Street, a short three-block walk to the tour starting point.
For more information, call (207) 233-7485 or visit www.mainefoodietours.com.