This year the annual event returns on July 30, starting at 4 p.m. at the Greenfield Fire Department.
The Greenfield Fire Department has been hosting the planked salmon suppers for over three decades now, with 2011 being the 32nd year.
It’s more than just cooking a few salmon though though. Decked out in their fire fighting gear, in three hours the firefighters can prepare and serve nearly 1,000 suppers for hungry patrons.
The funds for the supper go towards maintaining equipment, repairs to the fire hall and buying new vehicles.
This year, the department is raising money for a new roof for the department. The members are planning to do the work themselves to cut down on costs, but still need to raise money for the materials to do it. Within the next few years, the department will also be working to fix the siding, windows and pavement of the building.
Tickets for the event are $15, and the supper runs from 4 – 7 p.m. rain or shine. For more information, call 685-3060.
The tradition of planking salmon has a long history, and perhaps a surprising connection to the fire departments.
The Mi’kmaq people on the Medway River created the technique by suspending filleted salmon on sticks in front of an open fire. Settlers from Europe learned the technique when they came to the area, adapting it by using hardwood planks.
It also became the traditional way of cooking salmon caught on the Medway River by Sportsman, with the assistance of local guides. Many of these guides were also volunteer fire fighters. When they decided to hold a fundraiser for the department, it was a natural fit create a planked