Here’s a delicious way to spend Friday: Maine Fare, a celebration of Maine Food and Farming, bought to you by the good folks at Maine Farmland Trust. The daylong event (Sept. 7) takes place in downtown Belfast and offers everything from nibbles and tastes to a gourmet lunch and local plates dinners. The Farmers’ Market is open to the public at no charge and anyone is welcome to order the Local Plates specials at participating restaurants; tickets for the panel discussions and film are $15, or $30 with lunch. In the evening, enjoy Belfast’s First Friday Art Walk.
Here’s the schedule:
9 a.m.–3 p.m. Farmer’s Market and MaineFare Midway
More than 50 Vendors of local vegetables, meats, cheeses, and prepared foods
on Main and High Streets, near the intersection (streets closed, under tents)
Noon Farm to Table Lunch
Four course gourmet lunch served under a tent on High Street between the intersection and Pendleton St. The four-course menu, created entirely with local ingredients, is being prepared by Ladleah Dunn, professional chef and proprietor of Sailor’s Rest Farm in Lincolnville.
First Course: Melon gazpacho, crostini with melon butter and lardons of local ham
Second Course: Salad of roasted golden beets, triticale, hearty greens, local cheeses and a lemon tarragon vinaigrette
Third Course: Deconstructed lobster roll with lemon chervil aioli and kohlrabi slaw
Fourth Course: Goat cheese pana cotta with fresh berries and mint
1:30 p.m. “How Maine can feed ourselves“
Opening Remarks from John Piotti, executive director, Maine Farmland Trust
at the Colonial Theatre
2 p.m. “Feeding Maine: How Maine can feed itself (and help feed New England)”
Panel discussion with expertise in 5 areas at the Colonial Theatre
3 p.m. Milk and Cookies
Maine’s Own Organic “MOO” Milk and fresh baked cookies from Sweet Henry’s Bakery at the Colonial Theatre
3:30 p.m. Film Screening “Truck Farm“ followed by Panel Discussion “Moving Forward,” at the Colonial Theatre
5:30-9 p.m. “Local Plates” A farm to table dining experience
Local fare prepared by participating Belfast restaurants: Chase’s Daily, Darby’s, Delvino’s, Front Street Pub, La Vida, Lost Kitchen, and Rollie’s Bar and Grill, in corroboration with the Belfast First Friday Art Walk. Each will offer one appetizer and one entree comprising all local ingredients.