Quick Facts

WHAT IS IT?

A Celebration of  Western Maine’s Local Foods Movement 2018

Saturday, August 11th, 12pm–8pm

WHO?

Farmers’ Market, Food Vendors,
Free Workshops, Community Resources, Beer Garden, Live Music, Art, Kid's Area

 

If you are interested in being an exhibitor, please apply here. If you  have any questions, please email the Festival Coordinators.

 

VENDOR APPLICATION

ENJOY!

Enjoy a harvest bounty, and learn about how this agricultural revival is building healthier communities with stronger economies, while nurturing our natural environment.

 

The Festival will showcase the food and agricultural renaissance in the foothills of Western Maine.

FUNDING

Donations & Sponsors

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PARTNERS

Organized by Community Food Matters, the local Community
Food Council, Healthy Oxford Hills

 

LEARN MORE

Interested in learning more? Contact Us

 

Visit the NEW Foothills Food Festival website!

New website!

Local Farmers

Local farms featuring veggies, fruits, dairy, meats, wild edibles, honey and maple syrup, along with farming practices including organic seeds and growing, permaculture and biodynamics.

Local Food Vendors

Local processors, featuring baked goods, cheese, ice cream, specialty foods and snacks, beverages and local brews. All grown and created in the foothills of Western Maine.

Local Foods & Brews

Local outlets, featuring farmers’ markets, farm stands and CSAs, restaurants, Fare Share Co-op, specialty stores, institutional cafeterias.

Food Access & Nutrition

Food access and nutrition, featuring community and school gardens, food pantries and summer meal sites, gleaning and FoodCorp, SNAP and WIC programs, Maine Harvest Bucks.

Food Cooking & Education

Education and support featuring Local Food Councils, Farm to School, 4-H and the Cooperative Extension, the local USDA office, nutrition education, the Maine Food Atlas, and culinary arts.

Food Waste

Food supplies and waste, featuring seed sources and compost operations, information about food waste in our area, education about food labeling and expiration dates.

The Foothills Food Festival is a project of Community Food Matters, partner of the
Maine Network of Local Food Councils
and managed by the Center for an Ecology-Based Economy.
Thank you to all of the partners, sponsors and individuals who make the Festival happen.

Saturday, August 11th, 2018  12 Noon–9pm

A Celebration in Downtown Norway of

Western Maine’s Local Foods Movement

Saturday, August 11th, 2018  •  12 Noon–8pm

 

Farmers’ Market, Food Vendors, Free Workshops,

Community Resources, Beer Garden, Live Music, Art, Kid's Area

 

Enjoy a harvest bounty, and learn about how this agricultural revival is building healthier communities with stronger economies, while nurturing our natural environment. The Festival will showcase the food and agricultural renaissance in the foothills of Western Maine.

 

Organized by Community Food Matters, the local Community Food Council,

a project of the Center for an Ecology-Based Economy

 

The Festival will bring a wide range of food producers and vendors, food access, education and community programs. Music and art will also fill the sidewalks and parks of Downtown Norway.

 

The Festival will welcome:

  • Local farms featuring veggies, fruits, dairy, meats, wild edibles, honey and maple syrup
  • Local processors, featuring baked goods, cheese, ice cream, specialty foods and snacks, beverages and local brews
  • Local outlets, featuring farmers’ markets, farm stands and CSAs, restaurants, Fare Share Co-op, specialty stores, institutional cafeterias
  • Food access and nutrition, featuring community and school gardens, food pantries and summer, meal sites, gleaning and FoodCorp, SNAP and WIC programs
  • Education and support featuring Local Food Councils, Farm to School, 4-H and the Cooperative Extension, the local USDA office, nutrition education, the Maine Food Atlas, and culinary arts
  • Food supplies and waste, featuring seed sources and compost operations

 

These groups will have displays with information and samples. A beer garden will feature local and regional brews. Educational sessions, book signings and food art projects will add to the event.

 

Rain date is Sunday, August 13th

 

For more information, contact Festival Coordinators:

Maisey Griffin

 

Past Schedule  •  Stay Tuned for 2018's

Music, Dance & Keynote

Hosted by Jack Gentempo

 

1:00pm Scott Vlaun Executive Director of the Center for an Ecology-Based Economy. Welcome and opening remarks.

 

1:05pm Emilia Dahlin From Portland comes raw, rootsy folk and dynamic jazz vocals

 

2:00pm Mark Lapping Emeritus Professor, Muskie School of Public Service speaks about agricultural history and renaissance

 

2:30pm The Cobblestones Norway’s own Carolyn Costanzi, Micahel Plourde and Danielle Tran brings folk, jazz, blues.

 

3:45pm Fits of Blue Electric blues

 

5:00pm Oen Kennedy Award winning ward singer-songwriter from West Paris

 

6:00pm Nevaeh dance performance, mask showcase, food magic, and community poem reading

 

6:30pm The Youngerbloods From funky

takes on classic jazz to soulful approaches

to the Dead, these guys can jam!

 

7:45pm Singepole Mountain Band Improvisational rock from South Paris and Norway with Jake Redgate, Kale Churchill, Brooks Belanger and Bryon Harris

Food Vendors

1–9pm behind Norway Town Square

Alan Day Community Garden Norway • Indian food

Café DiCocoa Bethel • Greek food from Anna Sysko

Little Jamaica Portland • Island Flavah

Fiddlestick Farm Hanover • Ravioli

Riverside Lodge Paris • Pizza

 

Farmers’ Market

1–6pm behind Fare Share Co-op

Black Mountain Farm Sweden

Edgewood Nursery Falmouth

Maple Springs Farm Harrison

Mid Ridge Farm Casco

Ordway Grove Farm Norway

Pie Tree Orchard Sweden

Ryerson Gone Wild South Woodstock

 

Music by Oen Kennedy and Paul Puiia who plays regularly at the Norway Farmers’ Market and many other venues in the area.

 

Fare Share Co-op

1–6pm with samples, tours and farmers

 

Fiddler’s Reach R. Nicoll Mead Bath • Samples and mead info

Durgin Dairy Norway • Sampling and talking about health benefits, food safety, and regulations of raw milk

A Wee Bit Farm Orland • Grilled meat samples

Avalon Creamery Otisfield • Sampling and selling ice cream

 

Fare Share will also offer Co-op Tours, information on membership and the launch of their Help Fare Share Go Solar! campaign with a new video to raise $35,000.

 

Workshops
in The Commons @ CEBE

2:30pm Mark Lapping Emeritus Professor, Muskie School of Public Service speaks about agricultural history and renaissance

 

3:30pm Aaron Parker Edgewood Nursery in Falmouth speaks about permaculture. Aaron offers unusual edibles, including minor fruits, medicinal herbs, perennial vegetables and permaculture plants.

 

4:30pm Alex Brown is a Soil Conservation

Technician at the Natural Resources Conservation Services in South Paris and will talk about the NRCS High-Tunnel Program

 

5:00pm Ken Morse from Community Food Strategies will talk about the Community Food Council and the Community Food Atlas

 

 

Beer Garden

3–9pm operated by Café Nomad in the fenced in area behind Green Machine Bike Shop

 

Norway Brewing Company, Norway

Pennesseewassee Brewing Company, Harrison

Sunday River Brewing, Newry

Sebago Brewing, Portland area

Bigelow Brewing, Skowhegan

Banded Horn, Biddeford

Bear Bones Beer, Lewiston

Blue Ox Malthouse, Lisbon Falls

Maine Grains, Skowhegan

Food, Tastings, Books & Workshops on and off Main Street during the Festival

 

Alan Day Community Garden 10–4pm Community Roots with workshops, food, hands-on learning and children’s activities

Café Nomad Espresso drinks, hot and cold

Fiber & Vine 12–3pm Coastal Root Bitters & Cocktail Tasting

Books N Things 2–4pm Book Signing with author, Kathy Eliscu for her book, Not Even Chocolate Can Fix This Mess

Food For Thought Vintage book display specializing in

food related literature

Norway Brewing Company Three Course Beer Dinner

featuring local food producers and local beer on tap

Old Squire Farm Market Open 9–2pm

Community Art for All Ages

1–6pm behind Norway Town Square

Fruit & Veggie Face Painting • Tie Dye–Food Dye • Papier-Måché Earth Painting • Mask Making & Mask Parade • Progressive Community Poem, “Food is…” • Hula Hooping (“Food for Fuel”) • Food Packaging Musical Instruments

 

Jacinda Martinez, Maine artist showcasing Fashion in the Raw photos of vegetable garments, and will create a unique garment during the Festival. 100 Aker Wood is offering 10% off framing of Jacinda Martinez prints purchased at the Festival.

Art & Activities For Sprouts

Sprout’s Area behind Fare Share

Let it Rot! • Plant Beans & Lettuce • Bike Blender Smoothies • Make a Plate • Edible Bugs! • Story Telling • Corn Hole • What Grows in Maine and What Doesn’t

Contests for Kids

in Sprout’s Area

1pm – Cow Mooing Contest

2pm – Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest

3pm – Egg Carry Contest

4pm – Juggling with Food Bean Bags

5pm – Rooster Crowing Contest

Non-Profits & Groups

1–6pm on Main Street sidewalk

 

Western Foothills Land Trust

Roberts Farm Preserve

Maine School Garden Network

Maine Farmland Trust

UMaine Cooperative Extension

USDA Natural Resource

  Conservation Service

Maine SNAP-Ed

Walter Riseman for Legislature

Center for an Ecology-Based Economy

2016 Foothills Food Festival Team

Maisey Griffin, Marcia Hilton, Sarah Carter, Carl Costanzi, Albert Judd, Magne Melhus, Ken Morse, Jeremy Read, Patricia Suzanne, Scott Vlaun

 

To join the team next year: info@ecologybasedeconomy.org

The Festival will go on unless there is persistent rain (tents will shelter during brief showers).
The rain date will be Sunday, Aug. 14th.
If the Festival is postponed, there will be a notice on
CEBE’s Facebook page by 8am on the 13th.

Keynote Speaker

Mark Lapping Ph.D.

Mark was the founder and Principal Investigator for the Maine Food Strategy and was a co-author of A New England Food Vision among many publications on food and agriculture. He is a former member of the editorial board of “Agriculture and Human Values and edited A Long, Deep Furrow: Three Centuries of Farming in New England.

The organizing team wishes to thank the Festival Sponsors for their generous support, including:

 

Local Food Connection food council in Bethel

Pie Tree Orchard

Wheeler’s Insurance

Café Nomad

Norway Savings Bank

Green Machine Bike Shop

Let’s Go! 5210 Oxford County

Woodman’s

Grassroots Graphics

Garbo/Kane Solar Power

Swett Signs

Tractor Supply Company

Joel Speakman of Edward Jones

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