The mission and values that have sustained the Organizers of this Fantastic Festival for 22 years are prevailing in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are still working hard to preserve and support the environment and the community, by bringing new ideas, exhibitors, vendors, and experiences to attendees this year. What’s New in 2020 is the way in which we are responding to this particular time. We are hosting a virtual Festival which you can access through these web pages, our YouTube channel, and FaceBook.
Although we will miss not celebrating with thousands of attendees and volunteers on the festival field this year, we have put together more than 100 videos, some original and some from the archives, that provide the look and feel of the event that is so widely enjoyed and loved by this community. Credit for the wonderful videos that chronicle the history and workings of the festival each year may be found in this video.
We went back to our roots and remembered fondly the very first festival held in 1999 and the creativity and foresight of the original founders. We traced the history of the festival as it moved to its present location on Forster Farm, and grew as infrastructure was added in the form of stages for music, dance, spoken word, and renewable energy talks. Over time the festival boasted eating areas, a brick oven, a chef demo cooking platform, a globe, a tepee, and a Portal to the Future.
Relationships with local artists, musicians, food vendors, farmers, healing artists, and community organizations were established and have lasted for many years. And there are some new ones that have been added this year as well. You can find them on the Booths pages of this site. We encourage you to support these festival participants by visiting their farms, restaurants, and studios (on-line or in person), and purchasing goods and services from them.
We invite you to consider looking into the future with us as well. We can think of the pandemic as a Portal that we can walk through — together, lightly, carrying little baggage and being open to new possibilities. There are abundant possibilities available in our Renewable Energy and Local Living Talks.
And we hope that you will carry the celebratory spirit of the Festival with you throughout the coming year until we can meet again back on the field and create, once again, the very special event that is the North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival.