BANGOR, Maine — The third annual Maine Harvest Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 16 and 17, at the new Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. Admission is $6, with children under 12 admitted free. Sponsored, in part, by the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, the two-day festival will feature more than 125 Maine farmers and producers and will include great local food, beverages, music, fiber and more.
“Maine’s farmers, bakers, brewers, vintners, chefs and other artisans are part of a growing local food movement that is creating jobs and strengthening local economies,” said Gov. Paul LePage in a press release. “The Maine Harvest Festival, and events like it, help showcase Maine products and the small businesses that produce them.”
Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Commissioner Walt Whitcomb noted that the festival has expanded since it started, and this year’s event should have even more to see with the new, bigger venue.
“The festival features live music, demonstrations, special presentations, multiple chefs and much more. There will be multiple opportunities for families to learn more about agriculture, healthy eating and our natural resources,” said Whitcomb.
There will be booths, demonstrations, seminars and multiple opportunities for festival goers to taste, sample and purchase offerings. This year’s event features an expanded wine, brewery and distillery sampling area. The State of Maine Fair Pie Contest Finale and Awards presentation also will take place.
Based on experiences from previous years, organizers stressed the importance of bringing a cooler or a thermal insulated bag or container for transporting temperature-sensitive purchases.
Maine Harvest Festival Organizer Judi Perkins promises this year’s participants “mouth-watering cooking demonstrations, with a blend of old favorites and many new offerings with creative new twists. We welcome people to the world of Maine cooks and kitchens filled with heavenly aromas and delicious ‘made from ‘scratch’ perfection,” said Perkins in the press release.
For more information about the Maine Harvest Festival, go to http://maineharvestfestival.com/.