Foothills Food Festival Gaining Mo!
The Dance Card and Menu for the Foothills Food Festival are filling up rapidly, but the organizers are continuing to squeeze in more folks to make this a robust, rollicking and well fed good time.
Local Farmers will set up in the parking lot behind Fare Share Market to sell their local products and share information and stories about their farms. Some of the many farmers from the area will include Black Mountain Farm (Sweden), Maple Springs Farm (Harrison) and Ordway Grove Farm (Norway). Fare Share Market is pulling together some of their suppliers to provide samples and education about Local Mead by Rob Nichols, Durgin Dairy on the benefits of raw milk, and Harmony Farm on Goats milk products
Food ready to eat will be offered by various vendors, including Alex’s Sausages, Anna Sysko serving for Café DeCoco, Riverside Lodge selling pizza, Kate’s Raviolis and folks selling ice cream.
A stage will be setup next to the Kiosk with local musicians playing sets through the day. These will include Fits of Blue, Emilia Dahlin, The Cobblestones, The Youngerbloods and Singepole Mountain Band. Woven in between music sets will be speakers and MC Jack Gentempo will introduce farmers, food vendors and other exhibitors. Follow up conversations and hands-on workshops will be taking place In The Commons at the Center for Ecology-Based Economy’s (CEBE).
A special guest will be Mark Lapping, professor emeritus at the University of Southern Maine, who will talk about how Maine’s current agricultural renaissance fits into Maine agricultural history and the current drive to make Maine and New England more food self reliance in the years ahead. Dr. Lapping was the founder and Principal Investigator for the Maine Food Strategy and was a co-author of "A New England Food Vision" and he edited "A Long, Deep Furrow: Three Centuries of Farming in New England.” He is currently working on a new edition of Clarence Day’s classic "History of Maine Agriculture” that will include agricultural history since the end of World War 2.
The Micro-Brewers’ Beer Garden will be set up next to Green Machine Bike Shop (formerly Longley’s) and will be serving brews from Norway Brewing Company, Sunday River Brewing Company, Bear Bones Beer, Sebago Brewing and Bigelow Brewing.
Various Food and Agriculture Resource groups will have informational tables set up and may be offering short talks. These will include, among others, Maine Network of Community Food Councils and local Councils including Community Food Matters (Norway) and Local Food Connection (Bethel), Western Foothills Land Trust, the UMaine Cooperative Extension, Roberts Student Farm, Maine School Garden Network, The Maine Food Atlas and others.
Fare Share Co-op Market will be offering tours and samples, and will have a table to share membership information and to show a new video about the campaign to continue to retrofit the co-op to be green and energy efficient and to move towards installing solar panels on the roof.
Just down Whitman Street, Alan Day Community Garden will be hosting Community Roots, two days of presentations and workshops on a wide variety of food growing topics.
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