First-ever Maine Seaweed Festival to highlight seaweed benefits
Regular readers of this blog likely know full well by now about the many properties of seaweed for health: its abundance of antioxidants, essential fatty acids and phenols, which help boost vitamin and iodine levels while reducing risks for serious diseases, like cancer. But unfortunately, not everyone is in the loop about these seaweed benefits, which makes the upcoming Maine Seaweed Festival all the more important.
KeepMECurrent, a local Maine news publication, reports that the state's first-ever Seaweed Festival is slated for Saturday, August 30, at the South Portland campus of Southern Maine Community College. Open to the public and free-of-charge, attendees will have from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. to browse different vendors specializing in this versatile sea plant and better learn about seaweed's nutritional and medicinal benefits. Other events at the festival will spotlight the role that seaweed can play in both the culinary scene and local marine life industries.
"Seaweed is Maine's superfood," Hilary Krapf, local seaweed enthusiast and the festival's founder, tells the source. "Maine seaweeds are poised to play a major role in the growth and sustainability of our local economy and global health [...] Seaweeds are one of those things that puts a smile on people's faces. Everyone is either very curious or has a great story to share about their connection to it. Throwing a festival was the best way I could think of to celebrate seaweed."
Over the last year, Krapf has partnered with the University of Maine's Sea Grant program to bring this festival to life, as well as start a new nonprofit group called Moon and Tide to better raise seaweed awareness among the community. Although she lives in Portland, Krapf chose the community college as the site for the Maine Seaweed Festival because of its closeness to the ocean.
Krapf's enthusiasm is certainly infectious and her festival will go a long way in bringing the public's attention to seaweed's many health benefits. Of course, you don't have to live in Maine to take advantage of these benefits for yourself! Anyone can make use of Seagreens® seaweed and add it to their meals, with natural health supplements like The Mineral Salt and Food Granules providing simple ways of getting more of this nutritious plant and all of its micronutrients, minerals, trace elements and vitamins into your diet.
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