Festival: New event celebrates Mt. Baker Foothills

The northern foothills of Mount Baker will be celebrating the area’s food, art, music, history and great outdoors at the inaugural Taste of Kulshan: A Foothills Celebration, from Saturday morning, Aug. 29, through mid-day Sunday, Aug. 30.

Some regional indigenous people referred to Mount Baker as Kulshan; it is in honor of the name and the mountain that the new celebration has been christened Taste Of Kulshan.

On Saturday, follow Mount Baker Highway east to enjoy Il Caffe’ Rifugio’s rustic Italian cuisine while listening to music by Gallowglass on an outdoor stage. Continue east for other stops featuring music, artisans, and body workers, such as massage therapists. Visitors also can explore trails for walking, running, hiking and photography; and enjoy disc golf, mountain and road biking, and lake sports at Silver Lake State Park.

At North Fork Library, director David Austin will showcase resources about food, recipes and history of the area. Bring the family for a children’s Kulshan craft activity.

Saturday evening, Chair 9 pizza will show the film “The Mountain Runners” about the historic Mount Baker Marathon. Co-director Brian Young will attend the showing to discuss the movie, with DVDs available for purchase and a raffle for Evan Whitehead’s painting “Peak to Sea.” Proceeds support Whitehead and Foothills Food Bank. Music will follow.

Sunday features outdoor yoga, Pilates, and energy work starting at 10:30 a.m. on the lawn south of Graham’s Store in Glacier.

Restaurants and cafes will offer samplers, small plates and specials for $5 or less, in addition to their regular menu items both days. People are encouraged to ride bicycles or motorcycles, and to carpool. Details: tasteofkulshan.com.