2016 Nantucket Grown Food Festival
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2016 Nantucket Grown Food Festival

2016 Nantucket Grown Food Festival

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14 Federal St

Nantucket, MA

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Sustainable Nantucket's inaugural NantucketGrown Food Festival features a unique and exciting series of events, hosted in collaboration with our local chefs, farmers, fishermen, brewers, beekeepers and artisanal food producers. Join us in celebrating the bounty of Nantucket Island with a weekend full of special culinary events and hands-on experiences.

Festival Schedule

Friday Sunset Scalloping Lesson

Friday, Oct 14 3:00-5:00pm, gather at Madaket Harbor, specific location TBA

Get your waders on! Enjoy the peaceful and meditative tradition of basket & rake or snorkeling scalloping techniques in the open water. Join island residents and experienced scallopers, John Goodwin and Bill Liddle for a guided, hands-on experience!  Harbormaster Sheila Lucey will also give a brief wading safety presentation. 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 $100 (includes an equipment fee). This ticket is refundable in the event of inclement weather. 

Opening Reception, Demo with Chef Chris Freeman & Local Food Tasting at the Nantucket Yacht Club with Honorary Chairs Marian & Russ Morash

Friday, Oct. 14, 6:00-7:30pm, Nantucket Yacht Club 1 S Beach St

Opening night cocktail party will be held at the Nantucket Yacht Club featuring NantucketGrown appetizers and a chef demo & tasting provided by Executive Chef Chris Freeman. Diverse local food vendors will also participate, ranging from oyster farmers to artisanal food producers and will offer small dishes for tasting. Tickets: $95

Kiss the Ground Screening & Filmmakers Presentation with Producers Bill Benenson and Ryland Engelhart

Friday, Oct. 14, 7:30pm at the Nantucket Yacht Club, 1 S Beach St

“Kiss the Ground” is a not-yet-released documentary feature film that will illuminate and inspire viewers regarding the vast, untapped potential for soil to reclaim our planet back from the edge of extinction through regenerative agricultural practices and carbon sequestration. In this presentation, Kiss the Ground’s filmmakers will take you on an incredible journey. You will see portions of the film, interwoven with Q&A and discussion time, and learn from the filmmakers themselves about how the revitalization of ancient agricultural practices can save our soil and our planet, while providing us with the healthy and nutritious food we are so in need of.

Kiss the Ground is being produced and directed by Josh and Rebecca Tickell, who also created the environmental masterpieces, “Fuel”, “Pump”, and “The Big Fix”, in partnership with producers, Bill and Laurie Benenson (“Dirt! The Movie” and “The Hadza: the Last of the First”) and Ryland Engelhart (Co-Owner of Café Gratitude and Co- Founder of the Kiss the Ground, the non-profit) who will be hosting the presentation. Tickets $15

Learn to Dive or Snorkel for Scallops!

Saturday, October 15, 8:00am - gather at 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. Small group diving and snorkeling trips will be led by experienced scallopers. 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. 

Tour the Sustainable Nantucket Community Farm Institute

Saturday, Oct. 15, 9:00-11:00am at the Walter F. Ballinger Educational Community Farm, 168 Hummock Pond Rd

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 direct from the fields! Learn about the nutritional aspects of specialty crops, our incubator farm and beginning farmer training program, and efforts to increase local food production on Nantucket Island. Free admission.

Shellfish Hatchery Educational Tour

Saturday, Oct. 15 10:00-11:00AM, Nantucket Shellfish Hatchery, 2A Easton Street

Tour Nantucket's recently renovated, world-class shellfish propogration 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.

Chocolate-Making Workshop with Ambrosia Chocolates and Spices

Saturday, Oct. 15, 10:00-11:00am at Ambrosia Chocolate & Spices Kitchen, 18 Nobadeer Farm Rd

Explore the art of chocolate making while covering various ingredients and techniques, with focus on basic tempering. Hands-on work dipping sun dried organic fruit and molding custom chocolate bars. Workshop will be led by Ambrosia Chocolates and Spices co-owner Dylan Wallace. Tickets $65

Scallop Shucking Contest & Demo at our Farmers & Artisans Market!

Saturday, Oct 15 11:00am, at the Sustainable Nantucket Farmers & Artisans Market, intersection of Cambridge & North Union Streets.

Join Nantucket family scallopers at the Sustainable Nantucket Farmers & Artisans Market! Watch a scallop opening demo with renowned local scallop openers, followed by a contest among the family scallopers as they hone their opening skills together! 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 & open to the public 

Island Honey Tasting at Pumpkin Pond Farm

Saturday, Oct. 15, 11:00am-1:00pm at Pumpkin Pond Farm, 25 Millbrook Rd

Learn from experienced Nantucket beekeepers and sample delicious local honey harvested in different areas around the island, along with a variety of artisanal products made from, or featuring local honey. This event will be hosted in the greenhouse of Pumpkin Pond Farm, a beautiful site that includes a nursery and a certified organic farm, and will also include a NantucketGrown chef tasting with the Chef Russel Ferguson, the Chef de Cuisine at the Nantucket Golf Club. Tickets $40

Nantucket Grown Hands-on Cooking Lesson and Luncheon with Gregory Margolis at the Nantucket Culinary Center

Saturday, Oct. 15, 12:00pm, at the Nantucket Culinary Center, 22 Federal St. 

Join Executive Chef, Gregory Margolis of the Nantucket Culinary Center for a hands-on NantucketGrown cooking lesson. Participants will learn some of Chef Greg's techniques with seasonal, local ingredients from land and sea and then enjoy a delectable luncheon together in the Culinary Center's private, upstairs dining room in the heart of downtown. Tickets $145

Hay-Ride and Bartlett's Farm Tour

Saturday, Oct. 15 12:00-2:00pm at Bartlett's Ocen View Farm, 33 Bartlett Farm Rd.

Join Bartlett's Farm Head Vegetable Grower, Andrew Spollett for a hay-ride through 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!
Free admission. Reservations required due to limited space.

Tour the "Ruthie B."!

Saturday, Oct. 15 2:00-3:00PM, Ruthie B. Fishing Vessel at the 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. 

NantucketGrown Cocktail & Notch Tasting at Cisco Brewery

Saturday, Oct. 15, 2:00-3:00pm at Cisco Brewery, 5 Bartlett Farm Rd

Nantucket’s local brewery also includes the award-winning Triple 8 Distillery. In 2015, the International Spirits Challenge in London judged their Notch whiskey to be the best single-malt whiskey in the world, outside of Scotland. Along with Notch, taste some of Cisco’s unique vodkas and liqueurs infused with locally grown herbs in this exclusive tour. Tickets $50

NantucketGrown Pairing & Tasting Party Featuring Well-Known Nantucket Chefs and the Beverages of Cisco Brewers & Triple 8 Distillery at the Nantucket Culinary Center

Saturday, Oct. 15, 4:00-6:00pm at the Nantucket Culinary Center, 22 Federal St

Join Nantucket Culinary Center Chef Greg Margolis, Chef Liam Mackey from the Nautilus, and Chef Mayumi Hattori from Straight Wharf as they showcase their talents and guests enjoy small plates, and beer, cocktails and wine from Cisco Brewers, Triple 8 Distillery, and Nantucket Vineyard. Tickets $75


Hands-On Culinary Lesson & Private, Chef’s Table Dinner with Seth Raynor & Special Guests, Marian & Russ Morash

Saturday, Oct. 15, 6:00-9:00pm at the Nantucket Culinary Center, 22 Federal St

Seth Raynor, executive chef of Nantucket restaurants The Boarding House and The Pearl, will lead a hands-on culinary lesson featuring NantucketGrown ingredients. The lesson will be followed by a private, gourmet dinner upstairs with Marion and Russ Morash, both at the Nantucket Culinary Center. Tickets $275


 "The Last Bay Scallop?" - Screening & Discussion

Saturday, Oct. 15, 7:30pm at the Nantucket Atheneum's Great Hall

Featuring lush cinematography and vibrant views of Nantucket and its people, "The Last Bay Scallop?"is a moving documentary that explores the long-held tradition of scalloping on Nantucket Island and the imminent threat to its continued existence - the escalating loss of its essential eel-grass habitat.

The screening will be followed by a discussion with director, John Stanton of Shouldered Oar Films ("Last Call") and professionals working to measure and preserve water quality on the island.

Screening and discussion sponsored by the Nantucket Land Council. Free Admission. Reservations required due to limited space. 

Oyster Farm Tour on the Open Water

Sunday, Oct. 16, 9:00am. Tour will depart from downtown.

Take an early morning boat ride and watch an oyster farmer at work as he harvests the oysters. Then taste his catch and compare it to others afterwards as you drink champagne and taste oysters with the farmers at the Nantucket Yacht Club. Tickets $195 (includes the Oysters & Champagne Tasting, to follow at the Nantucket Yacht Club) $130 of this ticket price is refundable in the event of inclement weather. 


Moors End Educational Farm Tour & Tasting

Sunday, Oct. 16, 9:30am

Farmer Sam Slosek will lead an educational farm tour of Moors End Farm which will culminate in a tasting of fall vegetables by Chef Chris Morris. Tickets $15 

Nantucket Oysters & Champagne Tasting at the Yacht Club

Sunday, Oct. 16, 11:00am-12:30pm. Nantucket Yacht Club

Meet the oyster farmers and taste their oysters! Oyster and champagne tasting. Mingle and talk with the farmers as you drink champagne and taste the incredibly fresh and delicious bounty from the sea. Tickets $65

Farm to Fork Family Cooking Lesson

Sunday, Oct. 16, 11:00am-12:30pm. The Nantucket Culinary Center, 22 Federal St. 

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 $30. 

SN Community Farm Institute Mushroom Cultivation Lesson

Sunday, Oct. 16 1:00-3:00pm, Walter F. Ballinger Educational Community Farm, 168 Hummock Pond Rd.

Join mushroom-growing specialist Alden Lenhart in a hands-on workshop. Learn how to install a Wine Cap Mushroom Bed in your yard or Garden! Learn about mushrooms, their role in nature and different methods of growing them. Please note: rain or shine (talk will be inside the greenhouse if raining; wear appropriate work clothing for installation outdoors). Free admission. Reservations required due to limited space. 

*If purchasing more than 5 tickets per event, please contact the SN Office for additional assistance at (508) 228-3399



Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please call the Sustainable Nantucket office (508-228-3399) or email info@sustainablenantucket.org.


What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Free parking will be available at all events. Additional complimentary transportation options will be provided for guests without vehicles to attend events that are not in the downtown area. Please contact the Sustainable Nantucket office for more information. 


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Printed tickets are not required. Attendee names will be listed on registration list. Please check in at registration table to enter the event.


The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?

If there are any changes in your registration information, including the names of guests, please contact the Sustainable Nantucket office by Friday, October 7 to ensure that the correct names are included on attendee list.

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

Attendees for the following festival events where alcoholic beverages are served must be 21 or older: Opening Reception; Tasting & Tour at Cisco Brewers; NantucketGrown Pairing & Tasting Party with the Nantucket Culinary Center and Cisco Brewers; and Nantucket Oysters & Champagne Tasting at the Nantucket Yacht Club.

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