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2nd Annual Maine Fiddlehead Festival, Local Food Day

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Saturday, May 4, 2013
Held throughout downtown Farmington, Maine

The festival celebrates local foods, both wild and cultivated, and promotes community involvement in enhancing our local food system and supporting its farmers.

At 9:00 a.m., an antique tractor parade down Main Street will kick off the day’s festivities with farmers showing off their favorite farm machinery, accompanied by musicians and other parade marchers. Festival goers can register for other (free) events between 9:00 and 2:00 at the UMF Emery Community Arts Center, where most activities will occur.

At 10:00 a.m., there will be the keynote address in the Emery Community Arts Center, entitled “Local Food Production: The Promise and the Reality” by John Jemison of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, which will explore local food systems in Maine.

Between 9:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., there will be the “Fiddlehead Market,” a collection of dozens of local food vendors who will display and sell local foods and crafts, in and around the UMF Emery Community Arts Center. Fiddlehead cooking demonstrations will showcase safe and delicious fiddlehead recipes.

After lunch, between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m., you will be able to choose from among four simultaneous sessions held at University of Maine at Farmington, including a fiddlehead talk and walk with Dave Fuller, UMaine Extension (appropriate footwear recommended), a local food foraging demonstration workshop, a small business workshop exploring small scale food processing, and permaculture-style gardening workshop.

Supervised children’s activities will be offered by UMF students on campus from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and will include sidewalk art, face painting, games, and crafts. Visitors are also encouraged to visit the Farmington Historical Society’s Titcomb House (between 10 and 2) and the Nordica Homestead on Holley Road, both of which are opening their doors for the festival.

The event will conclude with a festival wrap-up reception at the Homestead Bakery between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m.

For more information on the festival, please contact Luke Kellett, UMF Sustainability Coordinator at 207.778.7096 or luke.kellett@maine.edu, or visit www.mainefiddleheadfestival.com.

The festival is organized by a collaborative that includes the University of Maine at Farmington’s Sustainable Campus Coalition and Partnership for Civic Advancement, the Farmington Downtown Association, UMaine Cooperative Extension, Franklin Savings Bank, Homestead Bakery, University Credit Union, and Western Mountains.

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