Learn about responsible harvesting and safe preparation of fiddlehead ferns, making goat cheese, saving seeds, making your own pita bread, cannabis edibles, and acorn flour!
Visit the live baby animals; enjoy the music of the Franklin County Fiddlers and other local musicians. The local farmers market will kick off its season with spring greens and parsnips, as well as fiddleheads; other local vendors of food and crafts will have booths; non-profit educational exhibits will be on hand to inform and enlighten. You may even see stilt-walkers, belly dancers and/or antique tractors! There’s something for everyone at the Maine Fiddlehead Festival!

About Us

The first Maine Fiddlehead Festival was organized by a group composed of  UMF faculty, staff and students and several community members in response to shared concerns about the current and future status of our food supply.  After some debate and discussion about prioritizing issues, the group decided to approach the subject from a positive angle – to focus on solutions, not problems.

In fact, they further agreed, maybe we should even have fun!  How about a festival that highlights the benefits and potential of our local agriculture and rich foraging resources?  Since fiddlehead ferns are a traditional, local, seasonal delicacy – and what’s more, they sound like fun – why not call it the Maine Fiddlehead Festival?


UMF’s Sustainable Campus Coalition (SCC), which promotes environmental sustainability on campus and in the community, with help from local community members, has played a key role in the organization and execution of the Maine Fiddlehead Festival each year since its inception.

Interested in getting involved?

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This year, in addition to the UMF SCC, event supporters include UMF Partnership for Civic Advancement; Franklin Savings Bank; Bangor Savings Bank; University Credit Union (UCU); University of Maine Cooperative Extension; Love Grown Caregiver Services of Maine; the Homestead Kitchen, Bar and Bakery; Lillian Lake, Community Visionary; MyMarketing Designs LLC (Designed this website) and the Healthy Community Coalition, The Maine Farmland Trust.


Support Your Local Farmers

UMF Sustainability Coordinator, Luke Kellett offers,

“This event has been embraced by the campus-community and is attracting hundreds of people from all over the state. We can’t think of a better place than Farmington and the Sandy River Valley, to celebrate Maine’s agricultural heritage and passion for locally grown and foraged foods.”

Our Local Vendors

We invite our local community of farmers and vendors to take part in this great festival.

The Theme

This year’s theme for the Fiddlehead Festival is “Seeds and Breeds:  Promoting and Preserving Food Diversity.”  It will highlight seed-saving and other attempts to preserve heirloom varieties and  heritage breeds that are critical to a diverse and sustainable food future.

Luke Kellett ~UMF Sustainability Coordinator
Email: luke.kellett@maine.edu
Tel: 207-778-7096
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