Harvest Moon Local Food Festival 

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Saturday, September 10, 2022, 10 am- 5 pm!
 

Click on the buttons below to learn more about the educational walks, pie contest, vendor information, and festival schedule. 

Educational Walks

Get to know the wild berries of the Kenai Peninsula, what's edible and what's not with former UAF Cooperative Extension agents and wild berry pros Linda Tannehill and Janice Chumley, or learn about edible and medicinal plants on one of two walks led by local herbalist Larissa Notter of Alaska Herbal Solutions. 

Walks are free and open to the public!

 
  • Wild Edibles Walk, 2 pm, Sept. 6

    • Meet at Tsalteshi Trails' Wolverine Trailhead, off Kalifornsky Beach Road across from the Sports Centre Road. 

  • Wild Berry Identification Walk, 4 pm, Sept. 8

    • Meet at Tslteshi Trails Wolverine Trailhead, Off Kalifornsky Beach Road across from Sports Centre Road. 

  • Wild Edibles Walk, 12:30 pm, Sept. 10

    • Meet at Harvest Moon Local Food Festival Information Booth at Soldotna Creek Park. 

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Pie Contest 

The Kenai Peninsula Farm Bureau hosts this tasty and popular event. Pies must be home-made and feature one or more Alaska Grown ingredients (the more, the better!). Sorry, but no cream pies, custard pies, or pies containing whipped cream due to lack of refrigeration at the festival.

 

Judges select their favorites and award prizes in three categories:

  • Youth (ages 15 and under)

  • Adult (16-64)

  • Homesteader (65+)

 

The contest is limited to 30 pies total, no more than two pies per contestant. To enter, please pre-register and pay the $5 per pie entry fee. Pies need to be delivered between 10:30 and 11:30 am on Saturday, Sept. 10 at the Kenai Peninsula Farm Bureau's booth at Soldotna Creek Park.

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Festival Schedule 

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Vendor Application

Application Deadline:  Aug. 27, 2022 (a late fee applies after this date)

Vendor criteria: Harvest Moon Local Food Festival is open to vendors of food (grown, harvested or made in Alaska) and medicinal/wellness/personal care products made from locally grown or wild-harvested ingredients; food trucks featuring local ingredients; and educational booths relevant to the purpose of the festival. '

A little background: Kenai Local Food Connection has organized and hosted Harvest Moon Local Food Week since 2013!  Our first all-day festival, held Sept. 15, 2018, in Soldotna Creek Park, drew over 2000 people of all ages and 30+ vendors and food trucks.  In 2019 and 2021, the festival drew over 3000 visitors and 40+ vendors and food trucks. This year’s festival will again feature live music, free kids’ activities, food demonstrations, a pie-baking contest, and the popular Fermentation Station.

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Booth fees and supporting the festival:  

$30 per 10’x10’ booth space

$60 per 10’x20’ booth space 

$75 per food truck

Contributions from successful vendors help ensure the future of this unique festival, so if you have a great sales day on Sept. 10, please consider making an additional contribution in the envelope that will be provided.   

Refund policy:  All contributions help us put on a great festival.  In the event your application is not accepted after review by Kenai Local Food Connection, your fee will be refunded upon request.  In the event you decide not to attend the festival after applying, your fee can be refunded provided we receive your request by Aug. 26.  Otherwise, fees are non-refundable. 

​Reducing Waste at the Festival: In an effort to reduce waste, we are again partnering with ReGroup to offer recycling stations throughout the festival. We are asking that all vendors work toward recyclable and compostable serving containers for the event. 

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Festival partners:  Partnering organizations include Kenai Peninsula Foundation, Central Peninsula Garden Club, Alaska Farmers Market Association, Johnson Insurance Group, Peninsula Radiation Oncology, Kenai Peninsula Chapter of the Alaska Farm Bureau, Cook Inletkeeper, Ionia, ReGroup, and The Sustainable Living Collective

Kenai Local Food Connection is a volunteer-run organization located in the Central Kenai Peninsula with the mission of forging connections within our community to increase access to local foods and knowledge about healthy eating.  Each year, we publish the Kenai Peninsula Local Food Directory, sponsor winter film showings and cooking classes, and facilitate activities during Harvest Moon Local Food Week.