BELFAST, Maine — Maine Farmland Trust will host a celebration of Maine food and farms 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 6-7 in downtown Belfast. The annual Maine Fare event will showcase some of Maine’s best food producers, and will engage participants in educational discussions and classes on local farming, cooking and Maine’s food system.
Maine Farmland Trust is a statewide nonprofit organization working to keep farming in Maine vital through a wide variety of programs. Since its founding in 1999, the Trust has helped protect more than 33,000 acres of farmland and provided services to more than 375 farm families.
Maine Fare 2013 will include an expanded farmer’s market and midway that will host more than 50 local vendors.
At noon each day, a three-course Farmers Market Lunch will feature seasonal local produce prepared by farmer and chef Ladleah Dunn. A Farm Fresh Boxed Lunch will be available to go, prepared by Trillium Caterers and Maine Street Meats.
Friday’s program will feature Farming Forums 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Abbot Room at the Belfast Free Library. These educational discussions will focus on timely topics regarding Maine’s food system, including Maine’s Food Roots and Traditions, The Future of Livestock Farming in Maine, Maine Grains and Artisan Cheese.
Participants also can attend Experience and Explore classes throughout both days. The interactive classes are a chance to learn about cooking and food preparation from some of Maine’s finest chefs and artisan producers. Several downtown bookstores will host book signings by Maine food writers on both days.
Friday evening will kick off with a local Oyster and Beer Tasting. Participating downtown restaurants will serve up “Local Plates,” featuring special locally-sourced menu items. The evening will conclude with an outdoor concert by Maine folk musician David Mallett.
Saturday’s exclusive activities will include local farm tours during the day, a local Wine and Cheese Tasting and a finale four-course Farm to Table Dinner and wine presented by chefs Matthew Kinney and Jason Paul of The Gothic.
Tickets to MaineFare may be purchased at maine-fare.org or by calling the farm trust office at 207-338-6575. Tickets also may be purchased the day of the event, although organizers said hopeful attendees are discouraged from waiting, as there are limited seats available for the Farmers Market lunches and Farm to Table dinner. Ticket prices may be found on the website.
Current Maine Farmland Trust members and Maine Public Broadcasting Network members will receive a 10 percent discount.
For information on MaineFare 2013, visit maine-fare.org or mainefarmlandtrust.org.