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Cornucopia and Mariposa to offer taste of the world

Mariposa Museum, Cornucopia Project host international food festival Saturday in Peterborough

PETERBOROUGH — Paella, African stew, Ukrainian borscht and spring rolls will be on the menu for the inaugural International Food Festival on Saturday from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

“It will be a celebration of local farmers and chefs,” said Joyce Carroll of the Cornucopia Project, who’s helping to organize the event. We’ll be using all local produce and we have 10 chefs lined up. We’ll also be doing a farmer’s market, also with local people.”

Carroll said serving areas for the chefs will be set up along Wall Street in back of the Mariposa Museum and tables will be set up in the courtyard next to the museum. Tickets for tastings will be sold at the door for $20. Each ticket will entitle the buyer to several servings of food, so people will be able to sample a variety of international choices.

“We’ve put a cap on 125 tickets to be sold,” Carroll said. “That way we can prepare for the amount of servings we need. If we sell out, it will grow to a bigger event next year.”

She said each serving table will have a bit of information about the food and a list of the ingredients used.

Proceeds from the festival will benefit the Mariposa Museum and the Cornucopia Project.

Carroll said the event is a great opportunity for the two nonprofits to work together and combine the Mariposa’s focus on international culture with the Cornucopia Project’s interest in encouraging local farmers.”

“We’re starting small,” Carroll said. “We’re really hoping this will expand. It could have a big impact on farmers. There are so many young farmers now working in the region.”

While tickets are required for the food samplings, the farmer’s market, which will also be held along Wall Street, will be open for anyone to browse and buy.

For information, contact the Cornucopia Project at 784-5069.

Dave Anderson can be reached at 924-7172, ext. 233, or He’s on Twitter at @DaveAndersonMLT.

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