Food festival digs deep to celebrate Maine's bounty

Jun 13, 2014

Maine Fare celebrates all things food in Maine. Friday, June 20 and Saturday, June 21 on the waterfront in Belfast, Maine Fare is two days full of good food and food for thought. Visitors can learn about the exciting state of the local food movement in Maine and how food is grown, caught, harvested and prepared; and best of all, taste a variety of Maine foods.

The Fare offers a range of experiences for everyone and the whole family. On both days, visit the open air market featuring dozens of Maine-based vendors, food trucks and organizations. Take a farm tour to learn about growing food in Maine. Cooking classes range from making the best crab cakes to fermented foods to herbal teas to cooking with kids. Well-known local chefs including Melissa Kelly of Primo, Kerry Altiero of Café Miranda, Annemarie Ahearn of Salt Water Farm and Paula Palakawong of Long Grain will demonstrate their specialties and share kitchen stories. Tastings include cheese, oysters, cider, beer and more. A series of food forums with presentations from food pioneers across the state will cover “Realizing the New England Food Vision,” “Land and Sea,” “Rural Revival,” and “Food Access.” On Friday, renowned seafood authors and speakers Paul Greenberg and Barton Seaver will highlight the critical role of eaters in creating sustainable oceans and communities. Rounding out the festivities will be interactive street art and music. On Friday night, Belfast Free Range Music Festival will present Olas, a Portland-based band inspired by flamenco, Afro-Cuban, American folk and rock genres.

This two-day festival is full of tasting and learning about Maine's diverse and abundant food, and the people who work to put it on the table.

Maine Fare organizer Ellen Sabina said, "We are creating an event that shows the full breadth of the Maine food system, from fishermen and farmers, to our plates, and everything in between. It's delicious and fun, but it's also meant to get folks to think more deeply about their food, the folks behind it, and tough issues, like hunger and rural vitality. We want Fare-goers to be inspired to bring change to their own communities."

Maine Fare is hosted by Maine Farmland Trust and Penobscot East Resource Center. Fare admission is free; some cooking classes and some activities require sign up or a small fee. Visit http://www.maine-fare.org for information, schedules and to sign up for classes.

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