Area's first Farm 2 Fork Festival to highlight local food

SARANAC LAKE - On Saturday, Sept. 4, the Adirondack Green Circle and the Ausable Valley Grange will be sponsoring the area's first Farm 2 Fork Festival in Riverside Park along with the Saranac Lake Village Farmers' Market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

To promote local farming and celebrate local food abundance, the festival will feature home cooks cooking and demonstrating dishes that include what the farmers are selling. Vegetables such as corn, peppers, beets and greens will take center stage at the food-tasting tent. The Beverage Bar will have handmade drinks such as Maple Switchel, Rhubarb Tonic, Mint Tea and Blueberry Shrub. A ticket purchased for $10 will allow Festival visitors to sample all the food in the tasting booth, have an artisan beverage, an ice cream sampling and get a discount on the Farm 2 Fork Cookbook.

Free 20-30 minute "Lost Art" workshops will be presented such as: Making Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day, How to Cut up a Chicken, Making Soup Stock, Lacto-Fermentation or What to Do With That Head of Cabbage, Making Cultured Beverages. Check the website www.farm2forkfest.com for times.

USDA Local Lamb Sausage and Pulled Pork made by Eat-n-Meet Grill on handmade buns will be available at the "Locavore Grill". Hand cranked Ice Cream, an Apple Cider Press, a milking cow and goats will be on site.

A troupe of "Crazy Chefs" from New York City-based Theatre Group Dzieci will be on hand to entertain.

For more information on the Festival and all the latest updates see www.farm2forkfest.org, call Gail Brill at 891-0182 or e-mail adkgreencircle@gmail.com.

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