Make sure to pick up a copy of The Post and Courier each morning. We're devoting an unprecedented amount of space this year to festival coverage, with daily reports on what participants are eating, drinking, learning and doing.

Beyond the printed page, we'll also be chronicling the festival's demos, dinners and parties on social media. Follow food writer and critic Hanna Raskin on Twitter (@hannaraskin) and Instagram (@hanna_raskin) for the latest from the field, and look for more short dispatches on her blog, Raskin Around.

Finally, we've deputized a crew of diners to help us document every dish served at the festival's seated dinners: The collected photographs will run on storyify.com/postcourierFOOD. And don't forget to share your festival pictures with us by tagging them #firstbiteCHS.