When the Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce started brainstorming ideas for an event that could help promote Belfast, the staff got to thinking about what makes the community unique.

The first thing that came to mind: Food.

“There is a budding foodie attraction,” said Executive Director Janet Dutson. There are popular establishments like Chase’s Daily, Three Tides and Bay Wrap, and there is a strong community of farmers that Dutson said many restaurants in neighboring communities source much of their food from.

The staff thought about the other attributes that make Belfast appealing. There are various organizations and shops — such as Belfast Cohousing & Ecovillage and the Green Store — that promote a green lifestyle. And then there is the alternative health aspect of Belfast, which is home to acupuncturists, naturopaths, and the Morningstar Midwifery Maternal Wellness Center.

But an event focusing on just one of these areas, Dutson said, would be like preaching to the choir.

“The people who would come would be those who are already interested,” said Dutson. “We wanted some cross-pollination. We wanted the event to be inviting for people who might be into supporting local farmers, for example, and not necessarily into the green living or alternative health aspect of the event.”

So the Chamber of Commerce decided to celebrate all of these things — local food, green living and good health — by putting on the Good Life Fest, which will take place Saturday, May 8, at the Belfast Armory. The event will host more than 50 vendors and exhibitors from Belfast and beyond, and will feature a range of offerings, from cooking workshops and yoga demonstrations to discussions on how to live a more eco-friendly life.

Among the participants are Bahner Farm, a new farm in Belmont, which will share information about community supported agriculture; Maine Medicinals, based in Dresden, which will offer ways to create a medicine chest from your backyard; Maine Cloth Diaper Company from Damariscotta, which will present information on the advantages of cloth diapers and will also present various styles of reusable diapers available on the market; and John Bielenberg of Project M, an intensive, socially-conscious summer program for young graphic designers that teaches “ability equals responsibility.”

Also participating will be Annemarie Ahearn, owner of Salt Water Farm in Lincolnville, who said that what attracted her to participate in the Good Life Fest were the people involved and their enthusiasm.

Her version of the good life: “Doing something you’re passionate about on a daily basis, and balancing work with relaxation. Mainers do a really good job of finding this balance,” said Ahearn.

Ahearn, who will be offering a cooking demonstration with spring vegetables and grains, is one of a handful of exhibitors participating in cooking workshops. Others include Farmer’s Fare, the Belfast Co-Op and Harrigan’s Seafood Company, which will team up with Three Tides’ David Colson and the Edge Restaurant’s Bryan Dame.

Jennifer Albee of ReVision Energy, who will be providing examples of the company’s solar electric and solar hot water equipment, said she hoped her demonstration at the event would give people a better understanding of current solar technology in Maine.

“I want people to walk away feeling confident that solar is a viable technology,” she said. “ReVision has completed some really exciting projects over the past few months and we feel it’s important to share our stories and experience.”

There is something for everyone, said Dutson, who wanted the event to have a “mainstream kind of edge.” It was also important that the variety of offerings include things that are accessible to everyone.

“Not everyone can afford to put up solar panels,” she said, “but they can do little things like use green products for their home — things that are really easy to get to and that don’t require a big investment.

“It’s important for us to meet people where they are, and I really like the idea that the Good Life Fest is not something that is esoteric. It’s open and fun and you’ll find something that speaks to you.”

Dutson said she hoped people who came to the Good Life Fest for one area of interest would become more curious about other aspects they had not previously considered or explored. She also hopes it will be a key event — like the recent Free Range Music Festival — that will help define the community and draw visitors to Belfast.

For future incarnations of the Good Life Fest, Dutson envisions a multi-day gathering spread out across various venues and towns.

“I think the good life in Maine is living close to your community,” said Dutson. “The Good Life Fest celebrates this idea.”

The Good Life Fest runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 8, at the Belfast Armory. For more information, and for a complete list of exhibitors, visit goodlifefest.com. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children 12 years old and younger.