BELFAST, Maine — Maine Farmland Trust will host Maine Fare, an event celebrating Maine’s local food traditions, farms, farmers, restaurants, chefs and happy eaters, in downtown Belfast 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7. “Maine Fare” will showcase the work of Maine’s best food producers and artisan processors.
Maine Fare will include an expanded farmer’s market and midway that will showcase more than 50 local vendors from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The market and midway, located on sections of Main and High streets, is free and open to the public. Participating vendors will be Turner Farm, Maine Mead Works, Peacemeal Farm, Mainely Poultry, Appleton Creamery, Maine Meats, Dean’s Sweets, Urban Farm Fermentory, Gander Gardens, Gelato Fiasco, Stone Fox Farm, Saltwater Farm, New Beat Farm and Moonlight Maple. All vendors will be selling their products directly to the public.
At noon, a four-course “farm to table” lunch featuring fresh produce and Maine lobster will be served under a tent on High Street. The meal begins with a melon gazpacho and crostini with melon butter and lardons of local ham. The second course includes of a salad of roasted golden beets, triticale, hearty greens, local cheeses and a lemon tarragon vinaigrette. The main course will be a deconstructed lobster roll with lemon chervil aioli and kohlrabi slaw. A goat cheese pan acotta with fresh berries and mint will finish the meal.
The meal will be prepared by chef Ladleah Dunn, the proprietor of Sailor’s Rest Farm in Lincolnville.
The afternoon program will focus on how Maine can feed itself, nutritiously, deliciously and sustainably. Maine Farm Trust Executive Director John Piotti will give opening remarks pertaining to “Feeding Maine” at 1:30 p.m. at the Colonial Theatre. Several panel discussions and a screening of the film “Truck Farm” will follow. Speakers participating in the panels include Troy Haines of SPW Meat Cutting, Amber Lampke of Maine Grains, Polly Shyka of Village Farm, Bonnie Rukin of Slow Money Maine, Roger Doiron of Kitchen Gardeners International and food writer Nancy Harmon Jenkins.
Cookies and fresh milk from Maine’s Own Organic — or “MOO Milk — will be served during the afternoon program.
Maine Fare will wrap up with “Local Plates” — the trust’s name for an evening of good eating, where several downtown restaurants will offer farm-to-table fare. Restaurants participating are The Lost Kitchen, Chase’s Daily, Darby’s, Delvino’s, Rolllie’s and Front Street Pub. Each of these restaurants will feature one appetizer and one entrée comprising local ingredients. Participants are encouraged to make reservations.
Maine Fare will coincide with Belfast’s Friday Arts Walk that evening.
Tickets to MaineFare may be purchased at www.maine-fare.com or by calling the farm trust office at 207-338-6575. Tickets also may be purchased the day of the event, although hopeful attendees are discouraged from waiting, as there is limited space available for both the lunch and film screening. Tickets to the panel discussions and film are $15. If you also wish to attend lunch, the total price is $30.