Under clouds and rain on Saturday, dozens of people gathered at Soldotna Creek Park, purchasing freshly grown produce from local farmers and growers.
The Harvest Moon Local Food Festival is “the largest one-day farmers market and celebration of local food on the Kenai Peninsula,” says a release from organizers Kenai Local Food Connection.
Dozens of local groups were represented, tables filled with fruits, vegetables, flowers and jars. Live music blared from the park’s main stage, and professionals answered questions, demonstrated techniques and passed around samples from two special performance tents.
Around noon, Andrew Agosti showed the crowd how to make carrot gnocchi, topped with sage butter for a “taste of fall.”
He demonstrated how to cut and boil carrots, then produced a bag of bright orange puree. Carrot puree was mixed with flour and eggs, he explained, to make a paste. From a small hole in the corner of a zip-top bag, Agosti poured the carrot paste into boiling water, using a knife to separate the material into bite-size pieces.
In a few minutes, Agosti recovered the pieces of gnocchi then floating. He quickly tossed them into a pan with sage butter, and soon the crowd was enjoying the resulting dish.
Beyond purchasing produce and tasting in the demonstration tents, numerous booths sold food, and a familiar stable of food trucks and vendors presented several special options using local produce, like those on display at festival.
The local Harvest Moon food festival takes place every year towards the end of summer. For more information, visit facebook.com/KenaiLocalFood.
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