Lots of “Pumpkin Fun” this Week-end!

October 17, 2008 by  
Filed under Blog, Gastronomy events

pumpkinsFoliage in Vermont is still beautiful in a lot of places, and if in some places, the leaves have fallen, you can see “golden lawns” and it’s still spectacular on a sunny week-end day. So, it seems it’s still a week-end to enjoy the outdoors. And, as Halloween is approaching, one fun thing to do is to take part in one of the few pumpkin events throughout the state.

3rd Annual Pumpkin Carving Festival – Manchester – Saturday October 18 – This is a serious thing! The Festival is trying to reconquer its Guinness World’s Record for the place where the most carvers are working at the same time! So 2 pm is the time to be there. There is also the 1st Annual Harvest Dinner, at 6 pm at the Equinox Valley Nursery, with food from local chefs and music.
More information at: 3rd Annual Pumpkin Carving Festival

23rd Annual Pumpkin Festival – Townshend – Saturday October 18 – A day of fun with contests for best decorated pumpkin, best pumpkin pie, best scarecrow, best costume and of course pumpkin pies for sale, and more.
More information at: Townshend Vermont

9th Annual Cabot Apple Pie Festival – Cabot – Saturday October 18 – There will be apple pie contest (enter your pie by 10:30 am) and the group will participate to the state-wide Pumpkin Carving Guinness World’s Record at 2 pm as well. Also apple pies for sale, cider and apple tasting and more.
More information at: Cabot Historical Society

Pumpkin Carving Party – The Haunted Forest – Willington – Saturday October 18 – There is free snacks and a Power Tool Pumpkin Carving Contest at the Haunted Forest this week-end. And of course, you can always come back to one of the Haunted Forest’s performances on October 23-26 and 30-31. The Haunted Forest is listed as one of the Top 10 fall events by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. It must be quite an experience, as mysterious guides lead the visitors through the Haunted Forest, lit by over 1,000 jack-o’lanterns – an event which “combines outdoor theater, special effects, the magic of the night forest, and the spirit of Halloween to delight audiences of all ages” they say.
More information at: The Haunted Forest

The Enchanted Forest – Hubbard Park, Montpelier – Saturday October 18 – 4 to 8 pm. The Friends of the Parks are promising theater, storytelling, candlelit trails, wagon rides for the kids and more. You can buy tickets in advance at the Montpelier City Hall.
More information at: (802) 223-9500

– And finally, if you are in the Northeast Kingdom, go and visit Ben’s Pumpkins in East Hardwick. He grows 12 varieties of pumpkins – for all tastes and purposes, pie pumpkins, carving pumpkins, giant pumpkins – on the 4 acres of his farm. On an usual year, it’s a total of 4,000 pumpkins he sells, even though this year’s harvest has been somewhat affected by the heavy rains. Where to find him? 824 Pumpkin Lane… of course!

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A Week-end of Apple Festivals

October 11, 2008 by  
Filed under Blog, Gastronomy events

applesColumbus Day week-end is a week-end of apple festivals throughout Vermont – a lot to enjoy in these small or large events.

26th Annual Vermont Apple Festival – Springfield – Saturday October 11 and Sunday October 12. A small local event with 50 crafters and an apple pie baking contest on Sunday. It was listed as one of the Top Ten Fall Events by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce in 2007.
More information at: Springfield Apple Festival

The Fameuse Apple – Chimney Point Historic Site – Addison – Saturday October 11, 2PM. A presentation by the botanist Elizabeth Gilbert on the historic Fameuse apple, planted by the French settlers in the 18th century. Chimney Point is charming, with its view on the lake and the foliage… and we’ll be there!
More information on Chimney Point Historic Site

South Hero Applefest and Craft Show – South Hero – Saturday October 11 and Sunday October 12. They say it’s Vermont’s largest apple festival. Don’t they all say that? No website though…

36th Annual Apples and Crafts Fair – Route 4 – Woodstock – Saturday October 11 and Sunday October 12. Over 100 juried vendors. No website.

Heirloom Apple Day at The Apple Packing Barn – The Scott Farm, Dummerston – Sunday October 12 – The Scott Farm is a land trust USA property and they grow more than 70 varieties of the Heirlom apple from around the world. They open their packing barn every Columbus week-end for this event. There is free tasting of heirloom apples baked and squeezed and presentations of the apple history at 10 am, noon and 2 pm.
More information at: Scott Farm – apple tasting days

Dummerston Apple Pie Festival – Dummerston Congregational Church – Dummerston Center – Sunday October 12 – Also in Dummerston, this event has been taking place for more than 40 years… and it is one of the Top Ten Fall Events by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce this year. From 9 am until everything is sold out, you can buy a piece of pie or the whole pie. They make more than1500 apple pies! They also serve Vermont cheddar cheese, homemade ice cream, cider, coffee, donuts. No website.

Well, I hope you love apples!
The weather and foliage is definitely perfect this week-end to drive around. Enjoy!
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Labor Day Week-end – Things to do in Vermont

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Something for everyone, from fishing to outdoors sports, gastronomy, history, music and more!
9th Annual LCI Lake Champlain Bass Open – Sunday August 31 – Competitive bass fishing. You bring in your 6 best Champlain bass and there is $3,000 for the winner. The rumor is that it is one of the top 10 attended events in Vermont (dixit a fisherman).
More information at: Bass Open Tournament
5th Annual Plymouth Folk & Blues – Saturday August 30 and Sunday August 31 – 2 to 5 p.m. at the historic Plymouth Notch (President Calvin Coolidge Homestead). One of the Top 10 Fall Events, selected by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. Once again, a musical event in this pleasant country place, with local and nationally known musicians. The concerts are free and there is a BBQ at noon on Sunday at the Wilder House restaurant. Too many musician names to mention but there are people like Craig Bickhardt, a hugely successful songwriter who has written songs recorded by Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Ray Charles, B. B. King, Alison Krauss, and many others, Alastair Moock has won top honors at many of the country’s most prestigious contests and Nashville star Mare Wakefield, who has been called the sonic love child of Emmylou Harris and John Denver.
More information at: Plymouth Folk and Historic Vermont Sites
16th Annual Echo Lake Road Race: East Charleston – Saturday August 30 – 9 a.m. – You can choose your race: walk, run or bike, 5 or 10 miles on dirt roads around the lake.
More information at: Echo Lake Race
Presentation on Ethan Allen’s writing: South Woodstock – Saturday August 30 – 2 p.m. – For the history lovers, J. Kevin Graffagnino, Director of the Vermont Historical Society discussed the prolific and passionate writer, Ethan Allen, leader of the Green Mountain Boys and hero of the battle of Ticonderoga. An historic person difficult to miss if you are interested in the American Revolution history of the region.
More information at: Vermont Humanities
13th Annual Southern Vermont Garlic & Herb Festival: Bennington – Saturday August 30 and Sunday August 31 – 10-5 p.m. The Vermont Chamber of Commerce awarded this event as one of the Top 10 Summer Events in Vermont. We don’t always agree with their selection, but it is definitely a unique subject for a festival.
A number of restaurants offer a vast variety of garlic-inspired foods. Live music can also be enjoyed throughout the event.
More information at: www.lovegarlic.com

Hope you enjoy the long week-end! And as usual, we would love to hear from you: suggestions, questions, comments…