2017 Nantucket Grown Food Festival

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EVENT SCHEDULE
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Thursday, October 12th

Opening Reception & Tasting with Island Chefs & Farmers
Thursday, Oct. 12, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm at the Nantucket Yacht Club, 1 South Beach Street

Opening night cocktail party will be held at the Nantucket Yacht Club featuring NantucketGrown appetizers and NantucketGrown tastings provided by host Chef Chris Freeman (Nantucket Yacht Club), Chef Edwin Claflin (Oran Mor), Chef Gabriel Frasca (Straight Wharf), Chef Seth Raynor (The Pearl and The Boarding House), Chef Marcus Ware (Greydon House), Chef Greg Margolis (Nantucket Culinary), and Chef Erin Zircher (Cru). Diverse local food vendors will also participate, ranging from oyster farmers to artisanal food producers, and will offer small dishes for tasting. Tickets: $95

Chef / Farmer Storytelling
Thursday, Oct. 12, 9:00 pm at Dune, 20 Broad Street (heated, outdoor patio)

Join island chefs and farmers as they share tales from the trenches, recalling funny or memorable moments from their early days of cooking or growing food. Free Admission. Reservations required due to limited space.

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Friday, October 13th

Shellfish Hatchery Education Tour with Tara Riley
Friday, Oct. 13, 8:00 am – 9:00 am at the Nantucket Shellfish Hatchery, 2A Easton Street

Tour Nantucket’s renovated, world class shellfish propagation facility with town biologist, Tara Riley and learn about their ongoing programs designed to help sustain our island shellfisheries. Free admission. Reservations required due to limited space.

SN’s Educational Community Farm Tour and Tasting with Chef Russell Ferguson
Friday, Oct. 13th, 9:00 am – 10:00 am at the Walter F. Ballinger Educational Community Farm, 168 Hummock Pond Road

Join site-manager and beginning farmer, John Kuszpa for a tour of Sustainable Nantucket’s Walter F. Ballinger Educational Community Farm and taste a selection of produce prepared by Chef Russell Ferguson of the Nantucket Golf Club. Tickets: $15

SN Community Farm Institute Mushroom Cultivation Lesson
Friday, Oct. 13th, 10:00 am – 11:00 am at the Walter F. Ballinger Educational Community Farm, 168 Hummock Pond Road

Join mushroom-growing specialist Alden Lenhart in a hands-on workshop. Each person will make their own small log inoculated with edible oyster mushrooms to take home. Learn about mushrooms, their role in nature and different methods of growing them. Please note: Rain or shine (talk will be inside greenhouse if raining; wear appropriate work clothing for installation outdoors). Tickets: $25

Off-Shore Scalloping Lesson
Friday, October 13, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, leaves from the Sunken Ship, 12 Broad St.

Learn how to Snorkel OR Dive for Scallops. Experience a long-held Nantucket tradition of bay scalloping first-hand and under expert guidance! Join dive shop owner and boat captain, Phil Osley for a once-in-a-lifetime experience as he takes you to remote scalloping areas off-shore in his trusty Triton dive boat and shows you the scalloping method proven to produce the highest yield with the least environmental impact. Participants should be prepared to fully participate (all equipment will be provided). Please note: October is family scalloping season on Nantucket. Only participants and guides with family scalloping permits may remove their catch from the harbor. Please also note: only attendees holding commercial dive licenses and certified to be in good physical condition can participate in diving option. Other attendees must purchase snorkeling tickets. Tickets: $150 (includes a boat and equipment fee). This ticket is refundable in the event of inclement weather.

Nose to Tail Butchering Lesson with Chef Mike La Scola
Friday, Oct. 13th, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm at Proprietors Bar & Table, 9 India St.

Join Executive Chef Mike La Scola & guests chefs for a demo lesson in nose-to-tail hog butchering.
Tickets $15

Snorkeling for Scallops

Friday, October 13, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, meet at Pocomo Point

Enjoy the peaceful and meditative tradition of snorkeling for scallops in the open water. Join island resident and experienced scalloper, Bill Liddle for a guided, hands- on experience! Please note: October is family scalloping season on Nantucket. Only participants and guides with family scalloping permits may remove their catch from the harbor. Tickets $115 (includes an equipment fee). This ticket is refundable in the event of inclement weather.

Tour the Ruthie B.
Friday, Oct. 13, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm aboard the Ruthie B. Fishing Vessel, End of the Town Pier

Join Nantucket’s own Bill Blount, captain of our last remaining offshore commercial fishing vessel, for a tour of the boat and a fishing discussion. Learn about the current regulations in the fishing industry and how that affects fishermen in the Northeast. Free admission.

Cisco Brewery & Triple 8 Distillery Tour plus Notch Whiskey & NantucketGrown Cocktail Tasting
Friday, Oct.13, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm at Cisco Brewery, 5 Bartlett Farm Road

Nantucket’s local brewery also includes the award-winning Triple 8 Distillery. Notch whiskey has been judged to be the best Whiskey in America as well as Best in the World in the 12 year old category in numerous spirit competitions. Along with Notch, taste some of Cisco’s unique vodkas and liqueurs infused with locally grown herbs in this exclusive tour. Tickets $50

“Future of Food” Presentation and Q&A with Bren Smith, Restorative Ocean Farmer
Friday, Oct.13, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm at the Nantucket Yacht Club, Governor’s Room, 1 South Beach Street

Can we have a diverse ocean farming food hub on Nantucket? Bren Smith – restorative ocean farmer and Buckminster Fuller prize winner will present his visionary design for replicable, multi-species, 3-dimensional restorative ocean farming. At his Thimble Island Farm in CT, Smith has created a sustainable and profitable ocean farming business that uses a small, low-tech footprint to grow several different types of shellfish and kelp, a fast-growing super-food. From these crops, Bren produces food, animal feeds, fertilizers and more. His farm helps to restore, rather than deplete, the ecosystem: the shellfish filters harmful pollutants out of the water and the kelp sequesters carbon while growing. Refreshments provided. Presentation to be followed by Q&A. Free admission. Reservations required due to limited space.

Cooking Lesson and Chef’s Table Dinner with Chef Mayumi Hattori
Friday, Oct.13, 7:00 pm at The Nantucket Culinary Center, 22 Federal Street

Mayumi Hattori (Chef-Owner of the Club Car, formerly Chef de Cuisine at Straight Wharf), will lead a culinary lesson at Nantucket Culinary featuring NantucketGrown ingredients. The lesson will be followed by a private, gourmet dinner with wine pairings for 15 at the Club Car. Tickets $225

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Saturday, October 14
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Oyster Farm Tour on the Open Water
Saturday, Oct. 14, 8:00 am – 10:30 am Tour will depart from Slip 1019, Straight Wharf.

Take a morning boat ride up harbor with oyster farmers Simon Edwardes and Leah Cabral, Assistant Biologist at the Brant Point Shellfish Hatchery to learn about oyster cultivation in Nantucket harbor and visit our oyster farms. Tickets $95. Refreshments provided. Tickets are refundable in the event of inclement weather.

Honey Tasting at the Farmers & Artisans Market
Saturday, Oct. 14, 9:00 am at the Sustainable Nantucket Farmers & Artisans Market located at Cambridge and North Union Streets.

Learn from experienced Nantucket beekeepers and sample a variety of delicious local honey harvested in different areas around the island. This event will be held at the last Sustainable Nantucket Farmers & Artisans Market of the season. The Sustainable Nantucket Farmers & Artisans Market showcases products that are grown or produced on the island. All vendors are seasonal or year-round residents of Nantucket and include growers, artisans, and prepared food purveyors. Free and open to the public.

Scallop-Opening Demonstration & Storytelling at the Farmers & Artisans Market
Saturday, Oct. 14, 11:00 am at the Sustainable Nantucket Farmers & Artisans Market located at Cambridge and North Union Streets.

Join Nantucket family scallopers at the Farmers & Artisans Market. Watch a scallop opening demo with renowned local scallop openers and hear their stories of the art of Nantucket scalloping. Free and open to the public.

Filleting Fish Demonstration with Captain Bill followed by demo and luncheon with Chef Greg Margolis
Saturday, Oct. 14, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm at Nantucket Culinary, 22 Federal Street

Watch Nantucket’s last remaining offshore commercial fisherman, Captain Bill Blount of the Ruthie B. FSV fillet a freshly caught fin-fish. Then watch a cooking demonstration and enjoy a luncheon featuring fish and other NantucketGrown ingredients under the guidance of Executive Chef Greg Margolis of Nantucket Culinary. Tickets $65

 

Pumpkin Pond Educational Farm Tour & Tasting with Chefs Ryan Quigley & Tavis Potter
Saturday, Oct. 14, 1:15 pm – 2:15 pm at Pumpkin Pond Farm, 25 Millbrook Road

Farmer Marty McGowan will lead an educational farm tour of Pumpkin Pond Farm which will culminate in a tasting of a fall dish featuring Pumpkin Pond produce by Chefs Ryan Quigley and Tavis Potter of 21 Broad Street and 76 Main Street. Tickets $15

Bartlett’s Farm Educational Tour & Tasting
Saturday, Oct. 14, 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm at Bartlett’s Farm, 33 Bartlett’s Farm Road. Meet in front of the Market.

Join Bartlett’s Farm Head Vegetable Grower Andrew Spollett for a tour of the fields of historic Bartlett’s Farm, learning as you go! Andrew will discuss cover crops, crop rotation, and the organic certification process and even provide a peek into the greenhouses! The tour will culminate in a tasting of a fall dish featuring Bartlett’s Farm produce and local honey by on-site Chef Neil Hudson. Tickets $15

Foraging Walk with Renowned Forager, Tama Matsuoka Wong
Saturday, Oct. 14, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm. Location TBA

Walk on the wild (and weedy) side with renowned forager, Tama Matsuoka Wong who is the author of Foraged Flavor and a forager for Daniel in NYC. Take your collecting bag along and collect tasty edibles that are plentiful on the island. Learn how to harvest wild plants sustainably – leaving those species we want to proliferate and reducing the number of plants that are edible invasives. Tickets $65

Wild Harvest Cocktail Party with Tama Matsuoka Wong
Saturday, Oct. 14, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm, Nantucket Culinary, 22 Federal St.

Join renowned forager and author, Tama Matsuoka Wong as she demonstrates techniques to showcase wild edibles collected on island in drinks and appetizers at Nantucket Culinary. Also featuring regional cheeses and charcuterie from Bartlett’s Farm Market. Tickets $85

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Sunday, October 15

Foraging Walk with Tama Matsuoka Wong & Island Chefs
Sunday, October 15th 8:00 am, location TBA

Walk on the wild (and weedy) side with renowned forager, Tama Matsuoka Wong who is the author of Foraged Flavor and a forager for Daniel in NYC and island Chefs. Take your collecting bag along and collect tasty edibles that are plentiful on the island. Learn how to harvest wild plants sustainably – leaving those species we want to proliferate and reducing the number of plants that are edible invasives. Tickets $65

Chefs & Foragers Round Table Featuring Tama Matsuoka Wong
Sunday, October 15th, 10:00 am – 11:00 am, Nantucket Culinary, Private Dining Room, 22 Federal Street

Gather with island chefs and renowned forager & author Tama Matsuoka Wong for a discussion and tasting of edibles foraged on island that morning. Tickets $35

Moors End Educational Farm Tour & Tasting with Chef Sean Reid
Sunday, Oct. 15, 9:00 am – 10:00 am, Moors End Farm, 40 Polpis Rd.

Farmer Sam Slosek will lead an educational farm tour of Moors End Farm which will culminate in tasting a fall vegetable dish by Chef Sean Reid. Tickets $15

Regional Oysters & Bubbles Tasting
Sunday, Oct. 15, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm, Nantucket Yacht Club, 1 South Beach St,

Meet oyster farmers from Nantucket -including Matt Herr of Grey Lady Oysters, Simon Edwardes of Fifth Bend and Bass Point Oysters, Emil Bender and Steve Bender of Pocomo Meadow Oysters and Chuck Connors of Great Harbor Oysters– and our region, including from Maine and Cape Codand taste their oysters while you sip regional bubbly wine and try New England Charcuterie. Tickets $65

Family Fun in the Farm to School Garden
Sunday, Oct. 15, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm, Joyce N. Furman Youth Garden, First Way

Join Sustainable Nantucket’s Farm to School staff for a range of family-friendly, fall, hands-on activities in our Joyce N. Furman Youth Garden including a scavenger hunt, harvesting fall veggies, pumpkin carving and more! Free Admission. Registration required.

“Farm to Fork” Family Cooking Lesson
Sunday, Oct. 15, 1:30 – 3:00 pm, Nantucket Culinary, 22 Federal Street

Sustainable Nantucket’s Farm to School Staff will work with your family to combine culinary education with a lesson about locally-grown produce, sustainable agriculture, and nutrition. Explore the value of cooking from scratch and sourcing locally! Tickets $15
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NantucketGrown Partner Events

Proprietor’s Bar & Table: Hogtoberfest
Sunday, Oct. 15, 6:00 pm, The Proprietor’s Bar & Table, 9 India Street

Hogtoberfest provides an interactive introduction to small farm raised, heirloom bred, whole-animal eating. Michael LaScola, chef/owner of Proprietor’s and previously of American Seasons, teams up with guest chefs: Andrea Solimeo, Todd Edwards, Scott Osif, Mirabai Bergus and Sean Hussey to show guests how versatile pork can be at events centered around heritage pork raised in New England. Tickets $120, includes dinner & drinks. For tickets & more info, call 508-228-7477.

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