The 2nd Annual Old Salt Festival Releases Its Food & Musical Lineup

Apr 30, 2024 | Grow & Tell - Stories

Old Salt Festival is bringing three chef teams, seventeen musicians, and a lineup of artists, makers, and educators to Helmville,...

Old Salt Festival is bringing three chef teams, seventeen musicians, and a lineup of artists, makers, and educators to Helmville, MT this June.

HELMVILLE, MT – (4/2/2024) — Old Salt Co-op presents the 2nd annual Old Salt Festival to be held June 21-23 on the Mannix Family Ranch in Helmville, Montana. The Old Salt Festival stands on its own in the long buildup of Montana festivals as a celebration of land stewardship through food, craftsmanship, and music, and three chef teams will be cooking meat from livestock born, raised, and processed here in Montana by Old Salt Co-op.

Eat Montana Meat with Chefs Eduardo Garcia, Mona Johnson, Jaret Foster, and Spike Gjerde

Headlining the food aspects of the festival are Bozeman’s  Eduardo Garcia of Montana Mex, Portland’s Mona Johnson and Jaret Foster of Tournant, and Baltimore’s Spike Gjerde of the Woodberry Kitchen. Each day, one chef will present a series of small plates of food cooked onsite, highlighting Montana’s meat culture with his or her infused style of cooking. Small plates are included as part of the festival tickets, and festival goers should expect to see chefs working with open-fire, cast-iron, and more as part of the ambiance.

Musical Headliners: The Last Revel, Emily Nenni, and Summer Dean

Old Salt is pleased to announce their music headliners: The Last Revel, Emily Nenni, and Summer Dean. Headlining Friday, The Last Revel is a four-piece folk group from Minneapolis, MN that identifies as ‘modern Americana’. The group blends the genres of folk, old-time strings, and indie rock. Saturday night, Emily Nenni takes the stage, and reviewers have called her the one of “freshest and most electrifying voices” in Nashville. With a new album dropping May 4th, they expect Nenni to bring a mix of new music and fan favorites to the main stage.   

Sunday evening, the dynamic Summer Dean is set to make a second appearance at Old Salt. Dean’s country style infuses Texan swagger with a melodic old school feel.

Beyond their headliners, Old Salt is welcoming in musicians from across the U.S., including Montana’s own Riddy Arman, Indigenous singer-songwriter Christian Wallowing Bull, Nashville’s Sterling Drake, Coloradan Kade Hoffman, and more. 

Their celebration of Americana features the following artists as well: Tris Munsick & the Innocents, Noeline Hofmann, Brennan Scott Greene, Mallory Eagle, Rob Quist, Eli West, Zach Aaron, Tony Furtado, Rob Wolf, and Zia Blue. 

What Else To Expect at the 2024 Old Salt Festival

The Old Salt Festival is also known as a hot spot for makers, artists, writers, poets, and educators. Their ‘General Store’ will feature nearly 40 vendors with handhewn goods and a few dozen non-profits supporting conservation and education in the American West.

They’ll be opening up the stages and Engagement Tent to a series of educators, podcasts, and speakers. Guests include Ed Roberson of Mountain & Prairie, Hal Herring, Betsy Gaines Quammen, Chris Dombrowski, and others. Topics and experiences will include low-stress livestock handling, a mule packing demo with Chris Ayer, morning yoga with Alexis Bonogofsky, pasture walks on the Mannix Family Ranch, activities planned for kids, and more. 

Information About the 2024 Old Salt Festival

The 2nd annual Old Salt Festival takes place at the Mannix Family Ranch in Helmville, MT, from June 21-23, 2024. Ticket prices are $89 per day or $170 for the entire weekend. VIP tickets are available for $490 for the duration of the festival. This offers complimentary snacks and beverages, meet-and-greets, limited edition merchandise, and tented viewing of the main stage.  Attendees can camp onsite for the duration of the festival. Glamping tents are available through Wild Productions. Large RV spots are sold out, while tent sites are numerous. Spillover RV sites are available through Geary Brothers Ranch via Hipcamp. A shuttle will be provided.

Are you as excited as we are? Find all available information about the Old Salt Festival and buy tickets, and we’ll see you there!

Erin Austin, Director of Community Partners and Sales, Sammie McGowan, Director of Marketing and Communications, and Robin Kelson, Executive Director, at the 2023 Old Salt Festival.

About the Old Salt Co-op

The Old Salt Co-op, headquartered in Helena, MT, is a regenerative meat company changing the landscape of how meat is processed and purchased in the American West and beyond. Old Salt manages an online direct-to-consumer meat shop, where customers can buy meat products raised, grown, and processed in Montana. Additionally, Old Salt’s restaurant division currently boasts the Old Salt Outpost in Gold’s Bar in downtown Helena, and shortly, it will open The Union, a butcher shop and wood-fired grill, to open April 12th right next door. Old Salt operates a small meat processing plant and is in the process of building its own USDA-certified slaughterhouse and processing facility near Helena.

The Old Salt Festival is the community-facing effort of the group, aiming to celebrate land conservation, music, food, and education.

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