Athol Daily News – North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival returns October 1-2
Posted: 05/09/2022 11:25:11
Modified: 05/09/2022 11:21:23 AM
The 24th Annual North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival in Orange returns October 1-2 for two days of peace, love and garlic, according to a press release. The family-run “stinky festival” is renowned for its exceptional art, local farm produce, fabulous cuisine, endless entertainment and inspiration for a hopeful future. Held on a historic farmhouse amidst fall foliage, the event attracts and unites thousands of people locally and from across New England.
Great music, entertainment and spoken word emanates from three stages and rolling grounds. The range of performers speaks to the region’s culturally diverse and abundant talent. Over 80 booths feature regional artists, farmers, community organizations and healing arts; everyone can strengthen the economy by buying locally made and grown products. Roam the globe of garlic in the chef’s demo tent and fill your belly with farm-fresh, flavorful cooking at four food courts. More than 50 captivating workshops and demonstrations, activities and shows are scheduled throughout the weekend. Garlic games abound on the main field, including the famous raw garlic eating contest. Free art creation tent for kids.
Orange is the new green: waste-free (less than three bags for 8,000 people!) with everything else recycled or turned into fertile compost so gardens aren’t litter. Bring your own bottle for the free drinking water provided, or purchase a refillable souvenir bottle with an artist-designed festival tee. The ‘Gateway to the Future’ at the northern end of the festival site is the place to visit for all things renewable energy, with inspiring workshops on local life all weekend long. New! Electric vehicles (EV) from cars to tractors to bikes scheduled throughout the weekend. Get excited, get ready: view and print your own program of festival performances, demonstrations and workshops at ailandarts.org!
Family admission: $10 (valid for the weekend); $5 for seniors, students, or EBT cardholders. Free for children 12 and under. New: Save time, advance tickets available online at ailandarts.org. Cards and cash are always welcome at the door.
Parking is free but limited, so please carpool: on-site parking is for accessible beacons and carpools of three or more; free shuttle nearby for everyone else. Pets not allowed (assistance dogs only). Cycling encouraged. Garlic lovers are hot, but no smoking on the festival site or on the shuttle lines. The festival is organized and run by volunteers; proceeds keep the event sustainable and affordable and support the festival’s community grant program for local art, agriculture, health and energy projects. More than $55,000 has been donated to local organizations as well as socially responsible loan funds, and the festival donates hundreds of passes each year to organizations that serve low-income local residents.
According to the organizers, all the friends and neighbors who lovingly volunteered to create the festival, “The spirit of the festival has remained strong and connected during the pandemic break. We have created a virtual festival and marketplace for We are thrilled to bring back the full and beloved event in 2022. Twenty-four years ago, we came up with an idea to celebrate the beauty and bounty of our often overlooked region and ignite the cultural and agricultural economy of North Quabbin.. Five co-founders each put $20 on the table at a shared meal to kick off the first Festival of Garlic and the Arts, as well as faith in the power of community and creativity, and a “let’s do it” attitude. More than ever, people from all walks of life need places to come together to celebrate and find inspiration for resilient lives and communities, and a brighter world. healthy.
Get the whole bulb at ailandarts.org, including the 2022 schedule of exhibitors, entertainment, volunteer opportunities, workshops and activities for all ages. Come find out why some say the festival is one of the 17th most popular events in the universe! While in North Quabbin, stop at local businesses or enjoy plenty of hiking or paddling.
A volunteer committee of friends and neighbors and the non-profit Seeds of Solidarity Education Center organize the North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival. Supporters include the Forster/Stewart family, over 80 exhibitors and approximately 200 community volunteers over the festival weekend!