Freshet Film Festival set for at Essex Cinemas May 2

The Freshet Film Festival will be hosted at Essex Cinemas on Thursday, May 2.

Presented by the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, Outdoor Gear Exchange and NRS, the festival will showcase paddlesports, outdoor recreation and conservation films from across the globe. All proceeds go toward the NFCT’s stewardship of the 740-mile waterway trail that connects Old Forge, NY, to Fort Kent, Maine.

“We’re excited to bring the Freshet Fest to Vermont,” said Karrie Thomas, executive director of the NFCT. “These film fests give the paddling community an opportunity to connect, socialize and get inspired as the paddling season kicks off.”

This year’s film lineup includes features produced by Maine the Way, NRS and curated by the Maine Outdoor Film Festival. The Essex Junction showing starts at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30. Refreshments will be available and paddling prizes will be raffled at  intermission. The Freshet Film Festival series will feature a raffle of a Coast XT donated by NFCT partners Oru Kayak.

The Film screening will take place during Outdoor Gear Exchange’s PaddleFest, a week of deals and demos to help outfit paddlers for the paddling season at their Essex Junction Store.

Tickets cost $15 online and $18 at the door; students can purchase tickets for $12 with a valid ID. To buy tickets, visit

To learn more about the NFCT, visit

About the Northern Forest Canoe Trail

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail is a nonprofit organization that maintains and promotes the 740-mile water trail that runs from Old Forge, NY, to Fort Kent, Maine, and connects New York, Vermont, Quebec, New Hampshire and Maine. The trail showcases the mix of landscapes and communities currently lining the traditional routes used by Indigenous peoples, settlers and guides. It is the longest in-land water trail in the nation and consists of 23 rivers and streams, 59 lakes and ponds, 45 communities and 65 portages. To learn more, visit

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