"Our new festival is a dream come true for me," said Cheryl DeBerry, Natural Resources Business Specialist for Garrett County Economic Development. "The local food movement is alive and well in our region and we should celebrate it, with the goal of getting more local foods from our farmers into the kitchens of our neighbors."
The Serve It Up Local: Celebrating Farms & Food Fest will be held August 10 at the Ag Heritage Hall at the Garrett County Fairgrounds. The event will highlight the use of local farm products and will include a Cook-Off using local foods, live music, farmer presentations, cooking demonstrations, a Local Sips Social, and a 50-Mile Meal Dinner prepared with foods sourced within 50 miles. The commemorative posters will be sold and proceeds from poster sales and the event will benefit farm-to-table efforts in the region.
"We're looking for photos that depict the use of local foods and other farm products, such as wool," DeBerry continued. "Examples could include photos of the farmers markets, a meal someone prepared with locally-sourced foods, kids helping prepare local foods in the kitchen, a farm where foods are being produced, or anything that helps convey the idea of the contest and our event."
All photos will become property of the Serve It Up Local: Celebrating Farms & Foods Fest and can be used at the discretion of the planning committee. A collage of winning photos will be used on a commemorative poster, and the photographer's name will be printed on the poster as well as on the website, www.ServeItUpLocal.com<http://www.ServeItUpLocal.com> and in media releases about the contest. The winners of the contest will receive two tickets to attend the 50-Mile Meal Dinner on August 10 at the Serve It Up Local: Celebrating Farms & Foods Fest.
Photos for the contest should be submitted by July 10. High resolution electronic versions can be sent to ServeItUpLocal@gmail.com<mailto:ServeItUpLocal@gmail.com> or prints can be dropped off at the University of Maryland Extension office at 1916 Maryland Highway, Suite A, in Mt. Lake Park. For more information, visit www.ServeItUpLocal.com<http://www.ServeItUpLocal.com> or email ServeItUpLocal@gmail.com<mailto:ServeItUpLocal@gmail.com> or call 240-442-2585<tel:240-442-2585>.