Maine Farmland Trust to host Maine Fare 2013
Belfast — Maine Farmland Trust will host a celebration of Maine food and farms in downtown Belfast on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 6 and 7, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The annual Maine Fare event showcases some of Maine's best food producers, and engages participants in educational discussions and classes on local farming, cooking, and Maine's food system.
Maine Fare 2013 will include an expanded farmers market and midway that will host more than 50 local vendors from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., both Friday and Saturday. At noon each day, a three-course Farmers Market Lunch will feature seasonal local produce prepared by farmer and chef Ladleah Dunn. A Farm Fresh Boxed Lunch will also be available to go, prepared by Trillium Caterers and Maine Street Meats.
Friday's program will feature Farming Forums in the Abbot Room at the Belfast Free Library from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. These educational discussions will focus on topics regarding Maine's food system, including: Maine's Food Roots and Traditions, The Future of Livestock Farming in Maine, Maine Grains, and Artisan Cheese.
Participants can also attend Experience and Explore classes throughout the day on Friday and Saturday. These interactive classes are a chance to learn about cooking and food preparation. Several downtown bookstores will also host book signings by Maine food writers on both Friday and Saturday.
Friday evening will kick off with a local Oyster and Beer Tasting. Participating downtown restaurants will serve up local plates featuring special locally-sourced menu items. The evening will conclude with an outdoor concert by Maine folk musician David Mallett.
Saturday's activities will include local farm tours during the day, a local Wine and Cheese Tasting, and a finale four-course Farm to Table Dinner and wine presented by Chefs Matthew Kinney and Jason Paul of The Gothic.
Tickets to MaineFare can be purchased at maine-fare.org or by calling the MFT office at 338-6575. Tickets can also be purchased the day of the event, although hopeful attendees are discouraged from waiting, as there are limited seats available for the Farmers Market lunches and Farm to Table dinner.