With a back-drop of the Medomak River, and the sounds of Steelin’ Thunder, local farms and restaurants will be celebrating the bounty of harvest season during this year’s River Festival in Waldoboro.

The Medomak Valley Land Trust’s annual outdoor festival is a celebration of the culture, history, and bounty of the watershed. Three local non-profits have seized the opportunity to bring a special flair to the event as a sequel to a similar picnic held at Round Top Farm in Damariscotta earlier this year. The Real Food Institute of Midcoast Maine, in combination with the Midcoast Green Collaborative, has worked to bring some of Maine’s best farm and sea fare to Waldoboro.

At the event, all food and beverages served will be either grown, or substantially produced in Maine, celebrating the independence and ability to feed ourselves. Favorites to be served at the event include baked goods from the Village Cafe and Bakery, Bratwurst from Three Little Pigs Family Farm, bread from Borealis Breads, gluten-free baked products from Hootin’ Gluten, veggies from Spears Farm, pizza from Harvest Moon, local clams and Maine beverages from The Narrows Tavern, and more.

A live cooking demonstration will be given by Monique Coombs of Lobsters on the Fly, who will demonstrate cooking and delectable preparation of fresh lobster rolls, which will be available for purchase following the demonstration. A portion of the proceeds from all sales during the picnic will benefit Medomak Valley Land Trust.

The River Festival, which is Saturday, Sept. 3, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Village parking lot behind Waltz’s pharmacy in Waldoboro, is a fun day for the whole family. Admission is free, and activities include a cookout, live music, a market of farmers, artisans and community groups, a touch tank, critter corner and more.

For additional information about River Festival, volunteer opportunities, or MVLT’s services to landowners, please contact the land trust’s Waldoboro office at 832-5570 or mvlt@midcoast.com.