Fill Your Belly with Tasty Local Food at Hilltown Spring Festival this Saturday!

Local Food with International Flare Served Up
at the Hilltown Spring Festival
May 14th, 10am-7pm at Cummington Fairgrounds

Locally brewed beer on tap from Opa Opa!

Vegetable Lo Mein from Goshen Snack Bar.

The eclectic nature of the Hilltown Spring Festival speaks true to the diversity of our community. This year even the food matches the diversity of our community serving up local food, often times with an international flare! A short list of what you’ll find at the festival: Blue House Cafe will have Polynesian wedding cake and gluten-free option; The Turkish Kitchen will have Lokoum and Cornmeal Halva; The Bakers’ Oven will serve up wood-fired pesto pizza; Elke’s Catering will feature German Bratwurst; Vegetable Lo Mein from Goshen Snack Bar; American hot dogs & hamburgers offered by the Hampshire Co. 4-H Exchange Club; Veggie Burgers from the Cummington Fire Dept.; and locally brewed beer from Opa Opa.  And Bart’s Ice Cream will be serving locally made ice cream for dessert, including Local Peach, Local Maple Cream and Mass Mocha!


Locally made ice cream for dessert from Bart's Ice Cream!

New to the festival this year is the Turkish Kitchen. Launched at the Ashfield Farmers’ Market in 2010, the Turkish Kitchen is a young purveyor of a very old cuisine. Tarhana soup, for example, dates back to the 10th Century, when the still-nomadic Turkish tribes needed fortifying foods that would be easy to transport and would not spoil. — They will be serving a variety of traditional Turkish dishes at the Hilltown Spring Festival. These include Boerek, philo dough pastries stuffed either with herbed feta cheese or a subtly fragrant meat filling; Shaksuka, a cold eggplant, zucchini and potato dish cooked in olive oil; Piyaz, a bean salad with herbs; Ic Pilav, a festive rice dish that includes pine nuts, currants, cinnamon, a dash of black pepper and dill; Tarhana soup with probiotics, grains and herbs; Mercimek soup with red lentils, grains, cumin and herbs; and for desserts, Lokoum (the ‘turkish delight’ of the Chronicles of Narnia) and Cornmeal Halva with hazelnuts.


The Hilltown Spring Festival, produced by Hilltown CDC, brings together local food vendors, local musicians, local artists and craftspeople, community non-profit organizations, and vendors of products and services to improve energy-efficiency and build a more sustainable life-style. The Festival will be open from 10 AM to 7 PM on May 14 at the Cummington Fairgrounds. Music on three stages begins at 10:30. Admission is $5 per person; children 12 and under are free.

A Family Music Stage will play family-friendly music from 10:30 until 4:30, featuring The Nields, Ben Rudnick & Friends, Mister G, Sarah Pirtle and Lui Collins. Other musicians will offer rock, jazz, folk, blues, bluegrass and African drumming. Local food vendors will provide Turkish, German, Asian, and vegetarian food, plus wood-fired pizza, ice cream, beer and more. Children from ages 6 to 12 will offer their crafts for sale and Morris dancers will dance at unpredictable times throughout the day.

The Hilltown CDC, a local non-profit which has been helping hilltown residents for 30 years. Proceeds go to support Hilltown CDC’s programs, which include support for local elders to help them remain in their homes, rehabilitation of the residences of low and moderate income hilltowners, construction of affordable housing for seniors and others, training and support for first-time home-buyers, and support for local businesses.

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