19th Annual North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival

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Event Name: 19th Annual North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival

Event Date: Saturday and Sunday, September 23 and 24, 2017. 10 AM to 5 PM both days. Shine or Rain

Location: Forster’s Farm, 60 Chestnut Hill Rd. Orange, MA. No pets allowed on site or in parking lots.

Travel and parking info; schedule of entertainment, activities, and exhibitors: www.garlicandarts.org

Facebook: facebook.com/NorthQuabbinGarlicAndArtsFestival/ Twitter hashtag: #NQGarlicandArts

Admission: Only $5 per day for adults, $8 for a weekend pass. Kids 12 and under free.

The 19th Annual North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival, September 23rd and 24th in Orange MA is infused with vibrancy and action for a hopeful future along with exceptional art, local farm products, fabulous food, and fun for all ages. Held on a historic farm amid fall foliage, the festival is a popular destination that attracts thousands from throughout New England.

Over 100 bountiful booths feature regional artists, farmers, community organizations, and healing arts; strengthen community and economy by purchasing locally crafted and grown. Plus, over eighty engaging workshops and demos, activities and performances are scheduled throughout the weekend! Great music, entertainment, and spoken word fill three stages and the rolling fields. Garlic games abound, including the famous raw garlic-eating contest. Travel the garlic globe in the chef demo tent, and fill your belly with farm fresh and savory cuisine in four food courts. Orange is the New Green: trash free (only three bags for 10,000 people) with everything else recycled or transformed into fertile compost to make gardens not garbage. Bring your own bottle for the free drinking water provided, or buy a souvenir refillable one along with an artist-designed festival tee shirt and collector cookbook.

New this Year! Two festival-wide happenings: Visit the ‘The World We Love,’ a giant handcrafted globe in the kid’s activity tent. Add your vision for a positive future for the earth and humanity, and then join in a celebratory parade at the end of each festival day. The ‘Portal to the Future’ at the north end of the festival site is the place to visit for all things renewable energy, including special urine-collecting toilets provided in collaboration with The Rich Earth Institute. Make your golden contribution to the largest known event to divert urine, to be transformed into nitrogen and phosphorus-rich natural fertilizer!

Family friendly admission: Still only $5.00 per day for adults, weekend pass $8.00, kids 12 and under free. On-site parking is for accessible tags and carpools of 3 or more; free nearby shuttle lot for all others. No pets allowed (service dogs only). Festival proceeds keep the event sustainable and affordable, and support the festival’s community grant program for local art, agriculture, health and energy projects.

Get the whole bulb at garlicandarts.org including the 2017 schedule of exhibitors, entertainment, and workshops and activities for all ages. Come find out why the festival is consistently rated in the top three among hundreds across the region by the Valley Advocate Reader’s Poll. While in Orange, enjoy a river paddle from the boathouse or a beer at Honest Weight Brewery. Stop in at local businesses downtown- recently transformed into ‘Castle Rock,’ the set for the upcoming Steven King Hulu TV series!

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 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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