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Eastham Turnip Festival

Where: Nauset Regional High School, 100 Cable Rd., Eastham MA View Map


How Much: Free

Categories: Festival

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About Eastham Turnip Festival...… in a town called Eastham, not so very far away ~ just a mere rabbit's hop and frog’s leap heading eastward down Route 6 ~ a quirky, homespun harvest celebration sprouted at the end of the 2003 growing season. The Eastham Turnip Festival sent forth deep roots, the roots held fast, and a turnip tradition blossomed. News of this Turnip Extravaganza spread from the Nickerson turnip fields to all with a hankering for an especially mild and sweet vegetable treat. And here we are in our 15th year … Join turnip fans on Saturday November 17th to pay homage to the hometown favorite of all root vegetables ~ the Eastham Turnip! You’ll soon discover what the turnip buzz is all about! We’ll begin the festivities with a pun in cheek Blessing of the Turnips, then issue a royal decree by crowning this year’s Turnip King or Queen. The Higher Ground String Band will entertain with lively blue grass music ~ even a turnip tune or two ~ while Mr. & Mrs Turnip take a leisurely stroll through the festival, a perfectly grown photo opportunity. The young at heart will go turn-nuts for Cape Cod Henna’s turnip body art. Local restaurants will vie for top turnip honors in the Turnip Cook-O?, with the public sampling creative turnip dishes and casting votes for the People’s Choice Award. Other turnip-themed competitions such as the Turnip Shuck-O? (who can peel a turnip the fastest?) and the Enormous Turnip Weight Guessing Contest will amuse even the stodgiest of vegetable eaters! A lively Turn Up for Fun Kids Zone will entice young ones with games (fan favorite Turnip Bowling, Connect Four Turnips, and Turnip Hole ~ our version of Corn Hole ~ to name a just a few), turnip-themed activities, make & take home crafts, as well as live entertainment ~ juggler, balloon artist, face painter, temporary tattoos and more! Grade schoolers can enter the Mr. Turnip Head Decorating Contest, where every entrant is a winner! Come for lunch ~ tantalize your turnip taste buds with pulled pork & turnip slaw ~ or try crepes (both sweet fillings, and a savory variety featuring, you guessed it, turnip!), seasonal salads, gluten free and vegan o?erings, or kids favorite pizza. Shop early for the holidays. This is the largest fall gathering of LOCAL vendors on the Outer Cape ~ artisan wares, handcrafts, books by local authors, LOCAL produce and food stu?s ~ and of course, Eastham Turnips will be on sale here! The 15th Annual Turnip Fest promises fun for all ages! All you have to do ~ is turn up! This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Eastham Library along with Seamen’s Bank, Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank and the Eastham Cultural Council. For more information contact Marianne Sinopoli at or 508-240-5950 X3132.

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