Far North Currant Festival set for Aug. 26

Translucent red berries on plant with lobed green leaves
Photo by Julie Stricker
Currants, like these at Georgeson Botanical Garden, grow well in Alaska and are a tasty late summer fruit. Learn more about them at the Far North Currant Festival on Aug. 26.

The inaugural Far North Currant Festival is an opportunity for visitors to get current on their currant events. 

Currants are an underdog in the Alaska berry community, often outshone by prolific and tasty Alaska blueberries, salmonberries, raspberries and cranberries. Currants, from translucent red to trailing black varieties, are found across the state. They make an easy and nutritious addition to home gardens or a specialty crop on farms. Currants are a rich source of antioxidants and vitamins and can be made into wonderful jellies, syrups, pies and cobblers or enjoyed on their own.

The Far North Currant Festival is 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26, at the Georgeson Botanical Garden. Participants can watch cooking demonstrations by Indigenous chef Flora Deacon, participate in a taste test and enjoy activities designed by University of Alaska Fairbanks nutrition students. 

This is a free, all-ages event. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Georgeson Botanical Garden is located at 2180 West Tanana Drive.

For more information, visit georgesonbotanicalgarden.org.