2013 Festival Press Release, May 2013

North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival – 15 Years of Celebration!

15th Annual North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival
Date and Time:  Saturday and Sunday, October 5 and 6, 10 a.m. to 5 PM both days.  Shine or Rain
Location:   Forster’s Farm, 60 Chestnut Hill Rd.  Orange, MA 01364, No Pets Allowed
Full Details on the festival Website: www.garlicandarts.org
Admission: Only: $5 per day for Adults, $8 for weekend pass. Kids 12 and under free.  

Mark your calendars for the North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival, on October 5 and 6, 2013.  Celebrate and Be Inspired; it’s the 15th year of ‘The Festival that Stinks,’ consistently rated in the Top 3 Local Festivals by the Valley Advocate ‘Best Of’ readers poll.
There’s something for everyone at this fabulous family destination, held on a beautiful historic farm in Orange, MA. Buy local, be local: support the bounty of over 100 booths featuring regional artists, farmers, and community organizations; strengthen communities by purchasing locally crafted and grown. Relax and celebrate life with great music, performance, spoken word, and dance on two solar powered stages and throughout the rolling fields and forest. Gain inspiration with over sixty inspiring presentations and activities, plus exhibitor demos, and great art and nature activities for kids. Get silly with garlic games galore including the famous raw garlic-eating contest. Travel the garlic globe with celebrated chef demos, and fill your belly with glorious, farm fresh and savory cuisine as you relax in the food courts overlooking the festivities. Energize your life with informative workshops in the renewable energy and healing arts tents. Orange is the New Green: trash free (well, only three bags of garbage for 10,000 people) with everything else recycled or transformed into fertile compost. All this for an incredible, affordable family friendly admission: $5.00 per day for adults, weekend pass $8.00, kids 12 and under free, free shuttle and parking too. Celebrate and Be Inspired!

 To get there: Route 2 to Exit 16, then route 202 South (or 202 North from points south) and follow the signs to the free shuttle for a short ride to the festival entrance. Parking at the festival site is for carpools of 3 or more or handicap tags. Save Fuel: bike or carpool. Hikers! Park at the shuttle lot and enjoy a mile hike to the festival gate. No pets allowed at the festival or parking areas; please leave yours at home.

Get the whole bulb at: www.garlicandarts.org; the 2013 schedule of exhibitors, music, entertainment and games, chef demos, renewable energy, local living and healing arts workshops will be updated by July.

A fully volunteer committee of friends and neighbors, and Seeds of Solidarity Education Center, a non-profit organization, organize the North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival. Supporters include the Forster/Stewart Family, local businesses, and over 200 community volunteers the festival weekend! Festival proceeds keep the event sustainable and affordable, and support the festival’s community grant program for regional arts, agriculture, health and energy projects.

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