Harvest Moon 2019
Harvest Moon Berry Identification Walk
When: Tuesday, Sept. 12, 4 - 6 pm
Where: Kenai Peninsula Food Bank
Get to know the wild berries of the Kenai Peninsula, what's edible and what's not, on this walk led by UAF Cooperative Extension agent Linda Tannehill. Meet at the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank at the corner of 33955 Community College Drive and Kalifornsky Beach Road for a presentation on gathering and cleaning berries followed by a guided berry identification walk at Tsalteshi Trails. Limited to 40 participants. Please pre-register online or by calling 907.283.8732 x5.
Harvest Moon Local Food Festival
When: Saturday, Sept. 14, 10 am - 6 pm
Where: Soldotna Creek Park
It's the Kenai Peninsula’s biggest farmers market and local food celebration of the year with live music, strolling performers, free kids’ activities, a pie baking contest, food demonstrations, the popular Fermentation Station, food trucks, farm vendors and all sorts of Alaska Grown and Made in Alaska food and wellness products. At Soldotna Creek Park 10 am - 6 pm.
Pie Baking Contest
11 am -3 pm
Enter your home-made pie featuring one or more Alaska Grown ingredients in the first ever Harvest Moon pie contest!
Entry forms will be available at the Harvest Moon Local Food Festival. Entries can be submitted 11 am - noon at the Kenai Peninsula Farm Bureau tent. (No cream pies, please.) Prizes will be awarded in two categories: youth (15 and under) and adult (16 and above), and winners will be announced at 1:30 p.m from the Festival Main stage.
Pie tasting for the Peoples Choice award will be held from 1:30-3:30 pm. Stop by the Kenai Peninsula Farm Bureau tent and cast your vote. Winners will be announced at 4 from the Festival Main stage.
Sponsored by the Kenai Peninsula Chapter of the Alaska Farm Bureau.
Amber Harrison from The Yoga Yurt will be leading a free hour long yoga session to kick off the festival.
Wild Edibles Walks
12:30 pm & 3 pm
Edible Alaskan wild herb walk right in your back yard along the Kenai River through soldotna Park trails. Easy level trails for about 30-45 minutes with herbalist George Spady or Larrisa Notter. We will identify probably over 15-20 herbs and possibly if the weather is right and there is enough moisture some edible mushrooms. Limited to 15 people per walk. Sign up the day of the harvest moon festival at the information tent.
The walks will begin at 12:30 pm and again at 3 pm, at the Demonstration Tent. Sign up at the information tent.
10-11 am, Pavel Mena, Latin guitar
11:15 am, Jim Kerr: Man of Gravity
11:45 am, Denise & Jim, hammered dulcimer and guitar
12:30-1:30 pm, Sue Biggs & Jack Will, bluegrass
1:30 pm, Pie Contest Awards
1:45-2:45, Jim & Elena Pate, country/swing
3 pm, Jim Kerr: Man of Gravity
3:30 pm, Denise & Jim, hammered dulcimer and guitar
4:15-5:15 pm, Chris Pepper, folk n' rock
Demonstration and Chef Tents
Stop by and learn a new skill!
Demonstration Tent Schedule
10:30-11:30 am, Dr. George Spady, Alaska Boreal Herbs, Wild Jams and Jellies
12:30 pm, Wild Edibles Walk #1, please register at the Information tent
1:30-2:30 pm, Velma Bittick, Arena Valley Acres, Food preservation tools & methods
3:00 pm, Wild Edibles Walk #2, register at Information tent
4:30-5:30 pm, Tia Holley, Indigenous Herbal, Infusing oils with wild plants
Chef Tent Schedule
11 am-12 pm, Brandy Nelson, Sourdough Waffles and more
12-1 pm, Willow King, Where It's At!, Always Adaptable Fried Rice
1-2 pm, Eliza Eller Ionia, Easy as Kimchi
3-4 pm, Eliza Eller, Ionia, Savory Seaweed Miso Soup
4-5 pm, Dr. George Spady, Edible Mushrooms