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Yellow Food and Drink in July on the Maine Coast

Mango tacos, passion fruit cheesecake, curry noodle soup and lemon cocktails are just some of the ways 62 Midcoast restaurants are incorporating the color yellow into their July menus at the second annual Into the Light! Foodie Festival: Finding Our Voices.

Through July, popular fine-dining and casual restaurants, lobster shacks, ice cream parlors, market stands and bakeries in 15 Midcoast towns and two islands have designated a yellow food and/or beverage as an “Into the Light!” menu item, with proceeds from those items going to Finding Our Voices, the color of the statewide grassroots nonprofit that sheds light on the problem of domestic violence and the female and child victims in Maine.

Patrisha McLean, a 29-year survivor of domestic violence and CEO and founder of Finding Our Voices, said this event will get people talking about domestic violence while raising money for the nonprofit. “62 Midcoast restaurants took the time to create a clever and delicious yellow menu for us and, in their busiest month of the year, are donating money from sales to make the lives of domestic violence victims in Maine more beautiful. How beautiful is that?”

She said guests of all budgets can have fun discovering how many ways there are to prepare yellow ingredients and how many of the concoctions they can try, “while knowing that with every sip and every taste, they are shedding light on the lives of women and children in Maine who are victims of domestic violence.” Proceeds from Finding Our Voices' largest fundraiser of the year will purchase essential items so women can get out and stay out of harm's way at home, and also protect their children and pets.

Yellow “Into the Light!” menu items on the Maine coast through July include mango-pineapple-habanero-flavored smoked chicken wings at Station 118 in Thomaston, lemon-lavender sorbet at Aster & Rose in Lincolnville, spiced potato cakes with fresh-poached lobster at Norumbega Inn, corned beef hash Benedict at Buttermilk Kitchen in Camden, SUN-daes at Dark Harbor Shop in Islesboro, the Sunny Days Ahead cocktail at 18 Central in Rockport, pork carnita tacos with cilantro-lime slaw at Dos Gatos Gastropub in Belfast, a bold and bright blend from Rock City Coffee and from Bixby's, also based in Rockland, the Golden Milk Smoothie Chocolate Bar.

Brian Fickett of Sterlingtown Public House in Union is donating $1 from every Tequila Pineapple Spritz sold in July: “We are honored,” he said, “to partner with Finding Our Voices and so many top-notch local businesses to support those who need our help. This is truly what community is all about!”

McLean said to further demonstrate the generosity of the Midcoast business community, 25 shop owners in Camden donated yellow items for an “Into the Light!” raffle, with prizes based on how many yellow menu items a person orders.

Every selfie uploaded with an Into the Light! item purchased is another chance to win yellow gift baskets for kids, pets and adults. Rewards include a signed Chris Van Dusen book with yellow cover from Owl & Turtle, yellow Penobscot Bay coasters from Leslie Curtis Designs, a yellow vintage Maine license plate from Upper Vintage, a yellow leather wallet from Leather Bench and an assortment of yellow treats from French & Brawn.

Other businesses taking a fun and creative approach to supporting domestic violence victims in July for the Finding Our Voices campaign include Windsor Chairmakers, which is giving away a Windsor swing chair in historic yellow valued at over $1,400; Seasons Downeast Designs, Glendarragh Lavender Shop and Lily Lupine and Fern, which are donating proceeds from a yellow bouquet, yellow scarves and yellow-labeled wine bottles, respectively; and Barnswallow Books in Rockport, which is donating proceeds from yellow-covered books.

First National Bank is the main sponsor of the 2024 Finding Our Voices Foodie Festival, with additional support from sponsors Lucinda Watson, Borden Cottage, Dirigo Law Group and Viking Lumber.

Finding Our Voices is an organization that helps victims of domestic violence break the silence, stigma and isolation of domestic violence across Maine and provides peer support, including online support groups and access to free dental care. For more information about the nonprofit and the “Into the Light!” event, visit

Anna Harden

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