Thurs April 25: Seaweed Week Kick-Off Party
4:30PM - 8PM
Maine Craft Distilling, Portland
Seaweed Week doesn't officially start until tomorrow. But we're getting this 9-day-long celebration of Maine sea greens started early with this launch event!
Get ready for:
* Seaweed cocktails
* Seaweed-based appetizers
* 20-minute guided distillery tours
* Live Irish music by The Kevins
And . . . Mmm . . . What's that smell? Something truly special . . . MCD will start off a batch of their 50 Stone Whiskey by smoking malted grain with peat from Maine’s uplands and seaweed (yep, seaweed!) harvested from our rocky coast. So make sure to wander outside to the large red kiln and check it out.
Fri April 26: Seaweed ID Beach Walk
11AM - 12:30PM
Two Lights State Park, Cape Elizabeth
How many species of seaweed are there in Maine? Do seaweeds change with the season? And is seaweed really a superfood? Dive into these questions and more at this workshop, hosted by Maine Sea Grant Extension Associate Jaclyn Robidoux.
Explore the intertidal zone at Two Lights State Park and learn to identify edible seaweed species native to the Gulf of Maine. Discover the ecology and diversity of seaweeds, while learning about the environmental benefits these species provide in coastal habitats. We'll discuss sustainable harvest, the emerging seaweed aquaculture industry, and growing role this versatile resource plays in Maine's marine economy. And what this all means for seaweed on your plate.
PLEASE NOTE: We'll be moving through slick and rocky terrain - please wear proper foot gear (rubber boots or shoes with good traction that may get wet). Dress accordingly for a few hours in the Maine outdoors.
DIRECTIONS: Follow directions to Two Lights State Park in Cape Elizabeth, ME. To get to Dyer Cove, bear left at the fork right before the park entrance and follow to the public parking lot at the end of Two Lights Road (right near The Lobster Shack). Approximate address: 225 Two Lights Road, Cape Elizabeth, ME.
Sat April 27: Seaweed Science! with Maine Sea Grant at Portland Farmers Market
7AM - 1PM
Deering Oaks Park, Portland
Get outside and celebrate Maine's edible seaweeds! Visii tthe Maine Sea Grant booth at the season's first outdoor Portland Farmers Market -- in partnership with Seaweed Week: A Food + Drink Celebration of Maine's Kelp Harvest.
Learn about this local and sustainable crop that a growing number of Maine farmers are cultivating. Maine Sea Grant's interactive table will highlight the nutritional and environmental benefits of native seaweeds and demonstrate how seaweed is grown on sea farms along Maine's coast.
Learn what becomes of seaweed once it leaves the water and experiment with seaweed-derived ingredients to see the key role these play in everyday food products.
MORE ABOUT PORTLAND FARMERS MARKET: The outdoor Portland Farmers Market is held in Deering Oaks Park from 7AM-1PM on Saturdays from April 27 - November 23. It features nonprofit organizations and over 30 farmers, offering seedlings, vegetables, and more.
Tues April 30: "From Sea Farm to Table" Dinner with a Kelp Farmer at Sur Lie
Sur Lie, Portland
Briana Warner, CEO of Atlantic Sea Farms (aka Ocean Approved), and Barton Seaver, acclaimed Maine Chef and Author, host this intimate multi-course dinner at Sur Lie, a contemporary tapas-style restaurant in the heart of downtown Portland. The menu, created exclusively for this night by Sur Lie's Executive Chef Emil Rivera, will feature freshly harvested kelp from Casco Bay farms.
Bri and Barton look forward to discussing the key historic themes that have shaped today's coastal food systems, and they'll present an exciting path forward for the future of sustainable seafood in Maine.
Optional cocktail hour starts at 5PM, then dinner begins promptly at 6PM. All attendees will receive a copy of Barton's seaweed cookbook. This is a Seaweed Week event that you won't want to miss!
Fri May 3: Atlantic Sea Farms: Product Launch Tasting at Harbor Fish Market
Harbor Fish Market, Portland
Atlantic Sea Farms invites you to be one of the first to try their NEW rope-grown Maine kelp products! Come by Harbor Fish Market to get the very first taste of Atlantic Sea Farms Sea-Chi, Sea Beet Kraut, and new Fermented Seaweed Salad!
Atlantic Sea Farms is utilizing delicious Maine kelp in entirely new ways and invites you to discover how to incorporate these amazing new local products into your special occasion or everyday favorite recipes!
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