About Eastham Turnip Festival...It’s time to roll out the turnip bandwagon and hop on board! Yes, it’s time to root for the Cape’s favorite locally grown root vegetable — why, the Eastham Turnip, of course! The Eastham Library staff invite you to check out this year’s harvest celebration, to be held indoors rain or shine, on Saturday, November 19th at Nauset Regional High School from 1 – 4 p.m. All you have to do is Turn Up! Admission is FREE.
New to this turnip phenomenon? Here’s a handy dandy Turnip Fest Primer to guide you along the turnip pathway:
Plan to arrive early
Eastham Turnips – those succulent, sweet, versatile tubers – sell quickly. Other Thanksgiving fare will be available including locally grown fruits and vegetables (cranberries, winter squash, yams) as well as honey, jams, seasonal pies and breads – everything you need to grace your Thanksgiving dinner table.
Bring the Kids
Check out the Kids Turn Up for Fun Zone. Festival favorite Trevor the Juggler will astound onlookers with juggling feats extraordinaire. There’s face painting, turnip arts and crafts, and new this year, a balloon artist will make turnip top hats. Turnip games await, including festival favorite, turnip bowling. Those 12 and under can enter a Mr. Turnip Head decorating contest (where every turnip is a winner!). Our local Companion Animal Program will be bringing canine friends for a Reading to Dogs corner... we hear the dogs love a good story about turnips! And check out the new Rock ‘n Rolling Turnip Painting Pools, sure to fascinate our young guests.
Plan to have lunch.
Food concessions will include pulled pork sandwiches with sides of turnip slaw and savoy crepes with choices of fillings, one a turnip special. Other choices include kid-pleasing pizza by the slice and vegan specialties.
Try new taste sensations
The culinary cornerstone of the Festival is a Turnip Cook-Off and this year’s competition will feature licensed food establishments vying for top turnip honors. The public can sample turnip delectables and cast votes for the coveted People’s Choice Award. Past prize winners have included such creative culinary fare as curried turnip soup, pumpkin turnip cheesecake and maple turnip ice cream. What will this year’s batch of cooks whip up to tantalize our turnip taste buds? You’ll have to turn up to find out!
Get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping
Stroll the Holiday Marketplace featuring more than 50 local vendors – farmers, artisans, book authors and crafters – all displaying goods that are locally grown, designed or produced. Pick up a Thanksgiving hostess gift – from candles to cranberry jams, from gourmet chocolates to a seasonal bouquet – there’s something sure to please. Of course, turnip hats, tees and cookbooks are always popular choices for our turnip enthusiasts.
Be prepared for turnip whimsy
Higher Ground String Band, the perennial Fest favorite, is returning for their 12th festival appearance and will delight guests with foot-stomping, crown-pleasing blue/grass tunes with a turnip infused twist. Turnip line dancing is on tap for those itching to swing their partner on the dance floor. Guess the weight of the Enormous Turnip, witness the crowning moment as we announce this year’s Turnip King or Queen, meet Mr. Turnip (ever agreeable to photo ops), and root for your favorite contestant in the annual Shuck-Off (who can peel a turnip the fastest?).
Enter a Festival Contest
Visit easthamlibrary.org for details on entering our Turnip Festival Photography Contest, the Turnip Shuck-Off, and new this year, a Repurposed Book Art Contest for local students.
So much TURNIP FUN in store – so fans keep coming back for MORE!
This harvest celebration is made possible through the generous support of the Friends of the Eastham Library along with Seamen's Bank and Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Eastham Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
For more information, visit easthamlibrary.org or contact Marianne SInopoli at email@example.com or 508-240-5950.