With 100+ kelp farms and growing, Maine leads the nation in seaweed aquaculture. Lobstermen, mussel growers, oyster farmers and others plant their lines in November for harvest in the springtime.
Maine's intrepid wild harvesters scramble over rocks during extreme low tides to collect dulse, Irish moss, kombu, sea lettuce and wakame. It's a way of life that goes back thousands of years along this coast.
About The Festival
It's the first thing of its kind: A harvest festival and restaurant week starring kelp! Maine's top chefs, mixologists, brewers and distilleries are putting native seagreens of all kinds front and center on the menu.
The heart of the festival is Portland (Bon Appetit's Food City of the Year), with events like cooking demos, a Fork Food Lab competition and tours of a kelp farm in Casco Bay. But there are participating restaurants and events throughout Maine and New Hampshire.
Why Seaweed? Why Maine?
A Lobstering Family Turns to Kelp Farming
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