About the Festival

“Still Stinkin’ After All These Years!”

The 21st Annual Garlic and Arts Festival will be held on September 28 and 29, 2019 in Orange, Massachusetts. Celebrating 21 Years of Peace, Love, and Garlic!

We are no longer taking applications for vendors, exhibitors, and performers for the Stages.   The scheduled events for the 2019 festival have been posted on the entertainment and booths pages. 

Deb and Ricky’s book, Making Love While Farming: A Field Guide to a Life of Passion and Purpose, has been published.  You can learn more about the book, read excerpts, and put scheduled readings and events on your calendar.  We are so happy for them!

In 2018 the Organizers made the Festival special for everyone, celebrating years of fun, farms, families, food and community-building through art and music.  Join us in 2019 and see what we will have in store for you this coming year.  Be sure to check out “The Sweet Stink of Success” article in the Fall 2018 issue of Edible Pioneer Valley!

Don’t forget that Volunteers are critical to the success of the Festival.

There is something for everyone at this family-friendly fall event, held on a beautiful historic farm amidst autumn foliage.  To get a feeling for the flavor, and aroma, of the festival, check out the photos from the past.   Read this if you are wondering Who Puts the Festival On, Where the Money Goes, and Whose Land Hosts It.

Kindness, community and inspiration are always in style at this popular destination that attracts lovers of art and alliums from throughout New England.  This short video captures the spirit and values of the Festival.

Meander among 100 bountiful booths featuring regional artists, farmers, community organizations and garlic cuisine; strengthen community and economy by purchasing locally crafted and grown. Celebrate and relax with great bands, spoken word, and performance on three stages- including a solar-powered music stage – and throughout the rolling fields and forest. Be inspired by exhibitor demos and ample activities for kids and families. Get silly with garlic games galore including the famous raw garlic-eating contest. Soothe the soul with healing arts exhibitors. Travel the garlic globe with celebrated chef demos, and fill your belly with farm fresh and savory cuisine as you relax in the food courts. There are over eighty engaging workshops, activities and performances scheduled throughout the weekend!

Orange is the New Green: trash free (well, only two bags for 10,000 people) with everything else recycled or transformed into fertile compost to make gardens, not garbage. And, thanks to the Rich Earth Institute, urine collected from the potties at the 2017 festival has been pasteurized and applied to the field where the event is held.

Festival proceeds keep the event sustainable and affordable, and support the festival’s community grant program for local art, agriculture, health and energy projects.  The Festival is consistently awarded one of the top three best festivals out of hundreds across the region by the Valley Advocate reader’s poll. Join us for a weekend of fun, food, and fantastic community.

Family friendly admission:  $10.00 per day for adults, $5 for students, seniors, and EBT card holders, kids 12 and under free. The adult admission on Saturday will get you into the festival on Sunday as well.  We have joined Mass Cultural Council‘s EBT Card to Culture program along with over 175 institutions all across Massachusetts offering discounts for EBT cardholders.  Free on-site parking for accessible tags and carpools of 3 or more; free nearby shuttle lot for all others.  Credit/debit and Common Good cards will be accepted at the admission gates and Sales Tent.

No pets allowed. We love them but…remember, Absolutely NO DOGs (other than service dogs) are allowed at the festival. Dogs cannot be left in cars for their safety- and it will be a warm weekend.

And, Garlic Lovers are Hot but… No Smoking or Vaping in the shuttle bus lines or on the festival site.  Smokers should use best judgment to find a safe spot off the festival field and away from active traffic/parking areas.

Mission Statement:  The North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival is a celebration of the artistic, agricultural and cultural bounty of the region. The purpose of the festival is to unite North Quabbin people whose livelihoods are connected to the land and the arts, and to invite both local residents and those who do not live in the region to experience the richness of an area that is often overlooked.

The festival emphasizes what is homegrown, handmade and high quality, as well as what helps preserve and support the environment and the community. Everyone involved – organizers, exhibitors, volunteers, performers, attendees, a supportive community – makes the festival what it is: an engaging, fun and educational celebration for all ages.

An all-volunteer committee composed of neighbors, artists, farmers, and community members meets year-round to organize The North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival. The Forster/ Stewart Family graciously hosts the festival at their beautiful, historic farm, and the festival is a non-profit event under the umbrella of Seeds of Solidarity Education Center. Over 200 volunteers the weekend of the event park, welcome, recycle, and support exhibitors; and exhibitors contribute time to raise tents, feed work crews, and more to help bring the festival to fruition. The festival admission is kept affordable to families, and is used to cover the costs of the festival, as well as support local projects that promote a vibrant North Quabbin region.

 

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