POULSBO — Downtown Poulsbo is pulling out all the stops for the first Fall Harvest Festival, Saturday.
Tammy Mattson, Historic Downtown Poulsbo Association member and festival organizer, said the association hosted a smaller version as an Octoberfest in 2009. This year will have a bigger emphasis on local produce, farmers and chefs, as well as children’s activities and lots of food samples.
Dubbed “Poulsbo’s finest farm to table and farm to family experience” by the association, the festival will feature local farmers sharing their freshest ingredients, and seven local chefs will put those local products to work during the Restaurant Walk.
“It’s wonderful and [a] still-growing farmers market. We’re really lucky to have that,” Mattson said, adding that Poulsbo’s farmers market was voted the second-best in the state by farmers.
The festival begins at 11 a.m. with pumpkin painting provided by Central Market, a pet parade from Liberty Bay Books to Martha & Mary, tractors and trailers for children to explore from 1-2 p.m., and many more children’s activities.
Adults can visit the Farmers Market tents, a cider press, and enjoy a Hops and Vine grand tasting of local brewers and vintners.
Free samples will be available all day, and the restaurants will open up for the “farm-to-table” experience from 5-7 p.m.
Folks can also enjoy an art stroll, with many local artists set up along Front Street, and live outdoor music. All the downtown parking lots will be open, including Anderson Parkway.
What is Mattson hoping for Saturday?
Festival organizers also hope residents will turn out to support the Poulsbo Farmers Market at the annual Harvest Market Fundraising Dinner on Sunday, at Mor Mor Bistro. Tickets are $55 and available at Liberty Bay Books. Organizer John Nesby, owner of Mor Mor, has been a supporter of the market in spirit and as a business owner — many of Mor Mor’s dishes are made from local products.
“The entire dinner from start to finish is done with products from the Poulsbo Farmers Market,” Nesby said. “It really showcases what we can do.”
The annual dinner is the main fundraiser for the market and usually raises about $5,000. The dinner will also feature silent and live auctions.