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.

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