Maine Fare 2015, a food festival Friday and Saturday, June 26 and 27, on the waterfront, will include live music Saturday, during the day and into the night.

Saturday’s Maine Fare Market — featuring 50 vendors selling food, fiber, arts and more — at Steamboat Landing Park will be accompanied by live music from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. One-hour sets of homegrown tunes will be presented by Maisie Newell and Eric Dayan, 10 a.m.; Dave and Fran Plus, 12:30 p.m.; Julia Plumb and Richard Backes, 1:45 p.m.; and the Belfast Bay Fiddlers, 3 p.m.

Saturday night, The Boathouse will be rocking with Maine Fare’s Homegrown Hootenanny concert, fueled by food truck offerings and Marshall Wharf beer on tap, will cap off the annual event. While general admission to Maine Fare is free, tickets to the concert are $10, available in advance on the Maine Fare website or by calling Maine Farmland Trust, 338-6575. The farming and fiddling dance band Sassafras Stomp will kick things off with their high-energy, traditional dance tunes from 6 to 7 p.m., followed by The Gawler Family & Friends from 7 to 9 p.m.

Sassafras Stomp’s Johana Davis, Adam Nordell and Putnam Smith play traditional dance music from the various branches of the Celtic and old-time family trees. Nordell and Davis also operate Songbird Farm, a certified organic, mixed vegetable and grain farm in Unity.

Whether they are crooning a poignant ballad or delivering a rollicking fiddle tune, The Gawler Family’s arrangements are especially engaging and often sprinkled with anecdotes of historical or humorous content. The Gawlers may be best known for their extensive collection of dance tunes in the Scots-Irish and French Canadian traditions, but for this event, anything goes. The family band will include Molly, Elsie and John Gawler; and friends Julia Plumb of Velocipede; Richard Backes; and Maisie Newell and Eric Dayan.

Maine Fare is co-hosted by nonprofits Maine Farmland Trust and Penobscot East Resource Center. It brings together eaters, farmers, fisherman, foodies, food businesses and nonprofits for a fun, delicious and educational event. For the complete schedule, visit

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or