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Visit Harford launching new digital passport during Harford County Restaurant Week

Visit Harford is launching a new digital passport during this year’s Harford County Restaurant Week, scheduled for Jan. 20 to 29.

People who use the passport can check in to participating restaurants and earn points to eventually win prizes from Visit Harford.


The passport will extend past Restaurant Week, and will primarily be used for various Harford Trails promoted through Visit Harford that highlight local businesses, including the barn quilt trail, a snowball trail, a libation trail and more listed on their site.

Matthew Scales, executive director of Visit Harford, said Restaurant Week was the opportune time to introduce the passport.


“Hopefully, it’ll incentivize them to get out there to explore new places that they have not seen in Harford County,” Scales said.

Scales said the passport, offered through a program called Bandwango, will be available to download from Visit Harford’s website on Jan. 17.

Visiting one location, whether it be a participating restaurant in Restaurant Week or one on Visit Harford’s trails, will earn a patron 100 points. Prizes that can be redeemed include a Harford cooler for 700 points, or the top prize, a hotel stay or dinner at a local restaurant for 10,000 points.

There are 36 participating restaurants in this year’s 10-day Restaurant Week, and more to come, Scales said.

A variety of county staples are participating, including Fallston Italian restaurant Basta Pasta, MaGerk’s Pub in Bel Air and Tidewater Grille in Havre de Grace. A list of restaurants can be found on the Visit Harford website.