Fiddelhead About 2014
Farmington – Organizers are pleased to release the details of the 2nd Annual “Maine Fiddlehead
Festival: Local Food Day,” to be held throughout downtown Farmington on Saturday, May 4,
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, Lillian Lake – Community Visionary and Western Mountains
Alliance, 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 and 2 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 UMaine
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.
Festival goers are encouraged to go downtown for lunch. The Homestead Restaurant will feature
a lunchtime buffet incorporating local foods and fiddleheads, accompanied by the acclaimed
Mt. Blue High School Franklin County Fiddlers and a walk-through fashion revue put on by
downtown businesses. Shops will also offer all-day specials in recognition of the Fiddlehead
Festival. After lunch, between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m., you will be able to choose from among
four simultaneous sessions held at UMF: a fiddlehead talk and walk, 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 pm.