14th annual North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival

14th annual North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival
September 29th and 30th, 2012

Follow your nose to the 14th Annual North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival on September 29 and 30. This scent-sational and much anticipated event fondly known as “The Festival that Stinks” emanates non- stop entertainment and education for everyone in the family. Festival enthusiasts wander among 100 exhibitors featuring the region’s finest artists and craftspeople, farmers, specialty food creators and innovative organizations. All ages gain creative inspiration from more than 25 art and agriculture demonstrations, from leather work to weaving, cider pressing to growing garlic, composting with worms, raising bees, and turning wooden bowls. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

Attend the smelliest festival around! The 14th annual North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival will take place at Forster’s Farm in Orange, MA this weekend, September 29th and 30th, 2012. Of course, garlic plays a huge role in the festival, but the event includes numerous non-garlic activities, presentations, workshops, performances, and more.

As the festival’s name implies, there will be local artists and artisans on hand displaying their creations, as well as opportunities for kids to experiment with art-making materials and participate in collaborative group art creation.

New to the festival this year is a forest trail, where families can explore the wooded sections of the farm and learn about the plants and creatures to whom the woods provide a home.

There will be live music throughout nearly the entire event, as well as cooking demonstrations (featuring local chefs, local food, and internationally inspired dishes), and workshops, talks, and demonstrations on everything from composting to herbal medicine – and everything in between! Of course, the festival also features delicious food (local, and featuring lots of garlic!) from a wide variety of vendors. Kids can learn about skills for sustainable and self-sufficient learning, and gain a greater sense of belonging and togetherness in their community!

To find out more, visit www.garlicandarts.org.

13th Annual North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival 2011

13th Annual North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival
More Scent-sational than Ever!

The 13th Annual North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival, the ‘Festival that Stinks,” happens this weekend on October 1st & 2nd at Forster’s Farm. Follow your heart (and nose) to this fabulous fall destination in Orange MA, where there’s something for everyone in the family. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

Festival organizers invite you to, “Enjoy and support the bounty of amazing, regional artists, farmers and organizations; strengthen communities by purchasing locally crafted and grown. Gain vision and skills for local living: learn to grow garlic, press cider, mill lumber, grind grain, and go solar. Nourish yourself through chef demos, glorious garlic cuisine and the wondrous wood fired bread oven. Transform trash into compost (only three bags of garbage for 10,000 people); Orange IS the New Green! Celebrate with stellar music and entertainment on two solar powered stages and throughout the rolling fields. Over fifty free, inspiring performances, presentations and activities, fabulous kids art and nature activities, and garlic games galore all weekend long.

“Two solar stages come alive with the region’s finest performers. The musical line-up is amazing: Girl Howdy, Samantha Farrell, LuxDeluxe, The Gypsy Wranglers, Gaia Roots, Little Shop of Horas, Richard Chase, and Mother Turtle. The fabulous family stage features Inside Out Dance Company, Attar Bellydance, Celtic Heels Irish Dance, and Joshua Pearson. More entertainment fills the fields with SHOW Circus Studio’s trapeze, the Skeleton Crew Theater, and the Athol HS Band.  Celebrated local chefs from the Gill Tavern, Stockbridge Farm, The Kitchen Garden, Holy Smokes, Greenfield’s Market and the Bohemian Kitchen will inspire your garlic and farm-fresh creations.  Energize your life with incredible workshops on solar hot water, converting your bike to electric, forestry with a conscience and more! Take a Healing break as you experience The Alexander Technique, the Art of Bellydance, Acupressure, Breema massage or a Community Yoga session.

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Two Days of Peace, Love and Garlic in Western MA

12th Annual North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival
October 2nd & 3rd, 2010

Two solar powered stages of entertainment, including a family stage, all weekend. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

Voted the second best festival among hundreds of great local events in the Valley Advocate readers poll, the North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival is a fun (affordable) event to take the family too!  Enjoy and support the bounty of artists, farmers and organizations; Strengthen community by purchasing locally grown and crafted. Gain vision and skills for local living: learn to grow a garden, press cider, mill lumber, cook gourmet, go solar. Nourish yourself in the incredible food courts and experience the wondrous wood fired bread oven. Transform trash into compost (only three bags of garbage for 10,000 people); Kids of all ages enjoy fabulous art and nature activities and garlic games galore featuring the ever-popular raw garlic eating contest and all new garlic dance party.

Travel the garlic globe with celebrated local chefs and cooking demos. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

MUSIC: Two solar stages entertain all weekend. The musical line-up includes: Melanie and the Blueshots, Steve Crow, Kris Delmhorst, Cailte Kelley, Zydeco Connection, Marka Music, The Pangeans, and Incus. The family stage features Cabaret Attar, Inside Out Dance Company, Peter Siegel and Jay Mankita, Celtic Heels Dance, Dagen Julty, Mafanti, Dan the yo-yo man, Sugati Belly Dance, Dan the Airborne Comedian, and Gaia Roots.

FOOD: Travel the garlic globe with celebrated local chefs including Chez Albert’s Paul Hathaway, Ristorante DiPaolo’s Hilton Dottin and Sam Kochan of the Gill Tavern, plus fresh and local food artists Andy Sussman, Gail Beauregard, The Kitchen Garden, and Stockbridge Herbs.

WORKSHOPS: Energize your life with incredible workshops like solar electricity and zero energy homes in the renewable energy tent. In our healing arts area, enjoy a chair massage or Tai Chi, yoga and poetry presentations.

Follow your heart (and nose) to this fabulous fall destination at Forster’s Farm (60 Chestnut Hill Rd.) in Orange MA, where there’s something for everyone in the family.  Read the rest of this entry »

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