By Crystal Wylie
Register News Writer
PAINT LICK —
A few years ago, Deborah Messenger of Halcomb’s Knob Farm took a driving tour of several farms in Garrard County. She logged well over 200 miles on her truck that day, she said, with few amenities available along the way.
“I thought, wouldn’t it be nice to bring everything together in one location?” Messenger recalled.
With a little help from her friends and her prior event-planning experience, she launched the Field to Fork Festival in 2011, and attendance and participation has grown each year, she said.
Halcomb’s Knob Farm will conduct its third annual Field to Fork Festival Friday and Saturday at 430 Wallaceton Road in Paint Lick.
The festival is a celebration of the diversity of locally-produced food and farm products, she said.
“We wanted to showcase what is available in our community and how although you can know nothing about gardening or agriculture, there are simple practices you can learn to grown your own food and be sustainable,” Messenger said.
F2F combines fun festival activities, vendors and live animals with one- to two-hour hands-on workshops covering topics from chicken coop design to growing pawpaw trees and persimmons.
General admission is $5, but each workshop has individual fees depending on needed supplies and materials. However, workshop participants will receive complimentary general admission.
F2F will feature 28 exhibitors and vendors who will serve a selection of farm-fresh products, Ale-8, water and sorghum iced tea. At least 75 percent of the products vendors serve at the festival must be Kentucky-grown, Messenger said.
Roots-rock duo Heath and Molly will perform two sets of live music throughout the day.
F2F is a litter-free event as well, with food served on biodegradable or recyclable materials, she said.
The festival will commence rain or shine and is appropriate for all ages.
For details, visit www.fieldtoforkfestival.com or call (859) 925-9936.