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9 am-3 pm, Tyler Street at the Port Townsend Farmers Market

  • 70+ local farm, artisan food, craft beer, cider, wine, and arts and crafts vendors including visiting vendors
  • Cheese pairing with Mt. Townsend Creamery
  • Chef demonstrations by: Jefferson Healthcare's Executive Chef, Arran Stark; Deborah Taylor, co-owner and Chef at Finistere; and Jesse Rose Chef at the Silverwater Cafe; Denise Joy, Mountain Spirit Herbal Company
  • Live music
  • Kids' activities and more!

11:30am Deborah Taylor, Finistere


Chef Deborah Taylor has over 10 years experience in high end restaurants from NY to Seattle including Eleven Madison Park, Per Se, Canlis, and most recently as the Executive Chef of Ethan Stowell's Staple and Fancy.

1pm Jesse Rose, Silverwater Cafe

2pm Denise Joy, Mountain Spirit Herbal Company


Since 1985, Denise Joy, as sole proprietor of Mountain Spirit Herbals LLC, has made her herbal knowledge available to her community in the Pacific Northwest. Denise, a Port Townsend Farmers Market vendor and beloved community herbalist, will share how to make delicious tea for health and joy.

Featured Chefs:

10 am, Arran Stark, Jefferson Healthcare

Local food enthusiast, chef, and educator Arran Stark has given Jefferson healthcare food services an extreme nutrition makeover. A native of Georgia, Arran Stark, Executiave Chef at Jefferson Healthcare, has served in the kitchens of some of the nation’s most prestigious restaurants and institutions, including the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts.

For more than 11 years, Chef Stark and his wife, Micaela Colley, have called Port Townsend home. Upon relocating to the Peninsula, he operated Brassica restaurant at Sweet Laurette’s and continues to manage his own catering company, Cultivated Palette. Following the birth of his second child, son Owyn, however, Chef Stark brought his culinary skills and affinity for fresh, local produce to the kitchens of Jefferson Healthcare.

Since joining the Jefferson Healthcare team, Chef Stark has revitalized the hospital’s dining options, offering patients and their families delicious, nutritious meals featuring the best fruits and vegetables the area has to offer. In addition to running the culinary show at Jefferson Healthcare, Chef Stark hosts cooking classes at the Port Townsend Farmers’ Market and at the Cultivated Palette kitchen in Port Townsend.

Visiting Artisan Food Vendors


Johnson & Gunstone Shellfish is a 5th generation family farm which began which is celebrating its centennial year in 2018! We are based out of Discovery Bay, but harvest from a variety of shellfish farms across the Olympic Peninsula and Hood Canal. We harvest a variety of shellfish products, mainly several varieties of clams and oysters. The PT Market is the first local farmers market we have participated in; we have historically just sold commercially to restaurants and wholesale. At the Artisan Food Festival, we plan to serve raw shucked oysters, BBQ'd oysters, fried oysters/clams, and a steamed clam dish, as well as selling our regular fresh clams and oysters. 

Lioness Organics- Port Townsend, WA; Lioness is a new local business offering classic drinks, including: chai, hot chocolate, matcha and an herbal roast. Our drinks are enriched with medicinal mushroom extracts. I'm an herbalist/acupuncturist wanting to contribute to the food as medicine movement. The products are unique but familiar. They have been formulated for the general public, with careful attention to ingredients (and sub-species of ingredients) that support public health. Drink mixes are handmade in small batches using carefully-sourced, organic ingredients.

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Check out this video from Artisan Food Fest 2015 (the dates listed in this video are for the 2015 event. In 2018, Artisan Food Festival is taking place on May 26th.)