The Maine Seaweed Festival–the first one in Southern Maine–enjoyed a good turnout on a sunny Saturday on Labor Day weekend. From scholarly talks to touch tanks to a classy four-course dinner overlooking Spring Point Light, there was something for everybody. Festival organizer Hillary Krapf is “on a mission to share seaweed with the masses” (quoting her mother, Devorah Hanson). And that she did. You could hear about the positive impact that Maine macroalgae is having in our local food culture, agriculture, and aquaculture industries. Or you could sit back and sample Low Tide ice-cream made with kelp and ginger. More info: www.seaweedfest.com.
Paul Ridlon of Portland wearing a celebration of kelp and seaweed.
Severine von Tscharner Fleming, director of thegreenhorns.net, vegetable farmer Erin Bullock, Micah Woodcone, owner of Atlantic Holdfast Seaweed Company, and Amber Reed, who manages a livestock farm.
Zsa Zsa Dolley of Gorham posing with starfish.
Hillary Krapf, organizer of the Maine Seaweed Festival.
Robin and Cyndi Redmond, whose daughter Sarah Redmond is a seaweed scientist.
The long view of the Maine Seaweed Festival from Spring Point Light.
Communicating about seaweed through movement.
Balmeet Khalsa and Tejbhan Kaur, nutrition-minded vegetarians.
The Maine Seaweed Festival even had a bride and groom... on their way to photos at Spring Point Light.
Nick Schuller, program director at the Telling Room, with Telling Room volunteer Marianne Evans-Ramsey.
Kaya Teret of Portland opted for hand painting rather than face painting.
Garbage to Garden volunteers Xianxiu Xie, Hannah Fox, and Carly Kopper.
Seth Barker of Maine Fresh Sea Farms.
Seaweed-infused ice cream with a touch of ginger.
Kelp forest researchers Jillian Dunic, a student at UMass Boston, and her advisor Jarrett Burnes.
Tilman Reitzle and Sylvan Thorncraft of Scarborough.
Kasia Williams of Portland and Samantha DeRenzo of South Portland.
Gretchen Weisner and Jean Guyette of Maine Coast Sea Vegetables.
Lydia and Roy Badger of South Portland.
Carol Steingart of Coast Encounters showing seaweed to Tana Sherman of Portland.
Carol Steingart of Coast Encounters.
Winter Raymond of Fryeburg.
Brody, Devin, Jennifer, and Shayne Gifford of North Yarmouth.
Sierra and Hazel Diprima, with Hazel wearing a seaweed-theme dress.
Carl Karush of Maine Coast Sea Vegetables playing his original "Kelper Song," with Trevor Geiger of Dispatch magazine on drums.
Telling Room writing workshop participant Devin Gifford of North Yarmouth reading her seaweed poem.
Telling Room writing workshop student Katia Hrycay of Scarborough reading her seaweed poem.
Ryan Weatherbee, whose wife is a marine botanist, and Christian Fox, a scientific diver.
Lynda McCann-Olson, whose husband is a kelp farmer, and Sara Yentsch of Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences.
Peter Arnold and Betta Stothart of Maine Fresh Sea Farms.
The Maine Seaweed Festival dinner opened with cocktails and raw bar.
Trevor Geiger, representing sponsor Dispatch magazine, and his wife Eva.
Tyler Gaudette of Fluid Farms in North Yarmouth and Peter Fischer of Maine Fresh Sea Farms.
Celeste Roberge of South Portland with Josie Iselin, author of "An Ocean Garden: The Secret Life of Seaweed," and Eliza Pearce.
Robert Morse of North American Kelp with festival organizer Hillary Krapf and her mother, Devorah Hanson.
Festival organizer Hillary Krapf and her partner Aaron Pastor.
Salad with fresh seaweed.
Dr. Charlie Yarish, professor at the University of Connecticut, with Tollef Olson, founder of Ocean Approved.