The 11th Annual Cranberry Harvest Celebration will be returning to the Boston area this year on October 11th and 12th. Taking place from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm each day, the event will offer food, live music, vendors and a variety of activities for participants to enjoy.
Listed as one of the top six fall food festivals in the country by Yankee magazine and listed as one of the top 100 events in terms of entertainment value by the American Bus Association, the Cranberry Harvest Celebration has a lot to offer to participants.
For most visitors, the best part of the festival is the bogside demonstrations, which allow visitors to witness a real-life working cranberry bog. Not only is it interesting to learn how the cranberries are harvested, but the bogs are also quite lovely to see during harvest time. Some of the other special events taking place this year include:
- Cooking demonstrations provided by culinary professionals and students from Johnson & Wales University
- Pumpkin painting
- Face painting
- “Make your own bog” activities
- Pie-eating contests
- Sack races
- Paddleboat rides on the Tihonet Pond
- Pony and wagon rides
Some of these events require payment of an additional fee.
The festival will also feature a Farmers Market and a Farmstand The Farmers Market will offer produce, flowers, specialty products, artwork, antiques, linen and other items. The Farmstand features herbs, produce, plants and other speciality products from regional growers. Meanwhile, the concession/picnic area will offer a variety of foods, including hot dogs, hamburgers, sandwiches, lobster rolls, chowder, baked goods and other traditional New England foods.
Cranberry farming in Cape Cod dates back to the 19th century, with the fruit still remaining the number one food crop in Massachusetts. Wisconsin is the only state to produce more cranberries in the United States. The Cape Cod Cranberry Grower’s Association, which is one of the co-sponsors of the festival, is one of the oldest farmer organizations in the country. The other co-sponsor, A.D. Makepeace Co., is the largest cranberry grower in the world.
Admission to the event is $10 per person. Seniors and military personnel are admitted for $5 each, while children under the age of 7 are admitted for free. Parking for the event is free, and special parking and transportation is available for guests with special needs. The event takes place at the A.D. Makepeace Company Headquarters at Tihonet Village, which is located at 158 Tihonet Road in Wareham, Massachusetts. For more information, visit the festival website or call 508-322-4000.