“Will I like the food?” is a question we’re often asked, and an important one too!

There is always plenty to choose from at our meals, so you should always be able to find something you’ll love. Our meals are served family-style, so you can serve yourself and choose exactly what, and how much, you would like to eat. This means that if you’re not sure if you’ll like something … you can take a little bit to try it first.

Tanglewood’s cooks prepare and serve healthy, home-cooked food. Tanglewood has several gardens and herb beds (cared for by campers) which enable us to step out the back door to snip what is needed for soups, pasta, and pizzas. Meals emphasize learning about balanced choices which include protein options, grains, vegetables, a large salad bar, and kid-friendly main dishes. When meals offer meat selections as the main dish, we make sure there is a meatless option.

In the afternoon we serve fruit or popcorn to snack on.


Every day there’s a selection of cereals, yogurts, and fruit juice, plus whatever delights our morning cook makes. Some of our usual favorites include pancakes, French toast, eggs, bagels, biscuits, coffee cake, fruit salad, home fries, and oatmeal.

Plus, if it’s cold out, hot cocoa.

Lunch and Dinner

We have two traditional meals: Sunday evening is spaghetti and the final lunch is pizza (with many different toppings to choose from). But other than that, our menu varies each week. As well as the main course, we also serve a huge salad bar filled with everything needed to create your very own perfect salad. And fresh bread on the tables.

Some example meals include a make-your-own-sandwich bar, burritos or tacos, a baked potato bar, soups, roast chicken or turkey, casseroles, mac & cheese, cookouts with hamburgers and hotdogs, quesadillas, chili, stir-fry, lasagna, and maybe breakfast for dinner (on special days).

After dinner, there are also fresh-baked desserts.

I’m allergic/intolerant to…

Lots of campers (and counselors too!) are allergic to different foods and we try our best to accommodate everyone. So whether you can’t eat nuts, milk, eggs, apples, or anything else, get in touch and we’ll see what we can do!

We’re looking for new ideas!

Tanglewood is taking your menu/food ideas now so we can get a better understanding of what campers would like to eat. You can send in general ideas, family recipes, or other suggestions. Healthy eating choices and food education are a large part of what Tanglewood camp programs are about and we strive to find the balance between tasty and healthy meals.

Our cooks can easily increase serving sizes, so don’t worry about how many people your recipe can serve.

Send your ideas via mail or email to Jessica Decke, Director: 1 Tanglewood Road, Lincolnville, ME  04849, or

Thank you!