Biddeford in the News

Spreading our story of revitalization

Biddeford's recent revitalization has gained national attention, including in The Christian Science Monitor.

"With some 35 neighborhood meetings and the participation of hundreds of residents, Biddeford opted to buy out the waste incinerator and move forward with other plans that ultimately created a wave of development and revitalization."

Biddeford in Christian Science Monitor

Chronicle on WCVB 5 shared several features on Biddeford in May 2019. One piece featured Biddeford's history, mill revitalization, and the City Hall clock tower preservation project, and the second piece spotlights several downtown businesses that have been a part of Biddeford's rebirth.

Businesses in the National Spotlight

Angelrox, a clothing company that makes apparel out of sustainable plant-based fabrics, was featured in Forbes in May 2019.

Maine's Youngest City

Did you know Biddeford is Maine's youngest City? The Portland Press Herald spotlighted Biddeford's recent demographic and economic transformation in a recent piece. According to Census data, the median age of all residents is 35, and more than quarter of our 21,400 residents are between the ages of 20 and 34. The article describes the history of how the city reached this point, as well as what these demographic trends mean for Biddeford’s future. 

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Portland Press Herald Article

Biddeford is now on the national foodie scene!

Biddeford's growing culinary reputation has begun to earn national recognition! 

Travel+Leisure's Summer 2019 issue featured an article titled "Artisanal Maine, Now in the Town of Biddeford", which highlighted Round Turn Distilling, Banded Brewing Co., Maine Pie Co., Elements, and Elda.

This city south of Portland is having its own culinary renaissance, thanks to a wave of new craft breweries, tasting rooms, and a stellar restaurant.

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travel and leisure article

Elda, at 140 Main Street has been named one of the top 18 new American restaurants by the national publication Eater. Read their review below, which also gives a shoutout to the Palace Diner and Rabelais!

Elda has also received a stunning review in the New York Times.

Elda Writeup in Eater
Elda Review in NYT

Eater also named Palace Diner as one of America's 38 Essential Restaurants! It is the only restaurant in all of New England to make the list.

Palace Diner in America's 38 Essential Restaurants

Palace Diner also made Thrillist Food & Drink's list of "The 22 Best Breakfast Spots in America" in December 2018.

Thrillist best breakfast spot article

AAA named the Palace Diner one of the 5 Top New England Diners.

AAA Palace Diner Article

Bon Appetit named Portland, Maine the 2018 Restaurant City of the Year, but check out item #16 on their list of 20 ways to eat through the City - they suggest you leave town and head to Biddeford!

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Bon Appetit Writeup on Biddeford

The Boston Globe also selected two Biddeford restaurants in their list of the 14 best places to eat in Portland and has published a list of five reasons to visit Biddeford.

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Elda in Boston Globe
Palace Diner in Boston Globe
Palace Diner Dish
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FED (Find. Eat. Drink) recently released a guide to dining in Biddeford.

MSN named Coletti's Pizza Factory the "Most Iconic Pizzeria" in Maine.

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Maine Recognition

Decor Maine ended 2018 with a blog piece exploring the unique local businesses that make Biddeford special.

Decor Maine Blog Piece

Activities Guide of Maine named us Maine's new "It" city!

Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a staycationer looking to explore a new corner of Maine, Biddeford is a feast of experiences.

Biddeford on the Map

Maine Women Magazine recently featured Elizabeth Hussey, the first female member of the Reilly family to own and operate Reilly's Bakery! Her family's bakery has been a Main Street staple since 1910.

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Reillys Bakery

MaineBiz recognized the announcement of the Pepperell Mill Campus solar project, which is expected to be the largest privately-owned solar development in the state once complete. Senator Angus King came to Biddeford to celebrate the announcement and the accomplishments of our City, saying that "Biddeford is the most dynamic community in Maine right now."

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Mainebiz Solar Article

Governor Janet Mills also spoke about Biddeford's recent economic development in her June 2019 "Eggs & Issues" speech to business leaders hosted by the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce. We are thankful that our governor recognizes the hard work of so many of our community members!