2016 Turnip Festival - Saturday, November 19 1-4 PM
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Many hands make light turnip work!
The Eastham Turnip Festival Committee needs your assistance! 
The 2016 Turnip Fest is scheduled for Saturday, November 19th
from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. at Nauset Regional High School.
Our turnip extravaganza will once again take over the gym as well as the
cafeteria, with more entertainment, more contests and an expanded
Turn Up for Fun Kids Zone. We will also feature a larger than ever marketplace 
with seasonal produce, artisanal goods and craft items ... ALL locally
grown/produced.  In short, more turnip fun for all!
Our festival has grown and so has our need for volunteers.
For those interested in helping, an hour of time would be greatly appreciated. 
Here are some particular areas of need:
    -Set up crew (lend some muscle on either Friday, November 18th or Saturday, November 19th)
    -Vendor greeters (distribute maps/permits to vendors as they arrive)
    -Vendor assistants (help vendors unload/load vehicles)
    -Festival greeters (distribute program/schedule of events to arriving guests)
   - Clean up crew 
If you are available to volunteer contact Marianne Sinopoli at msinopoli@gmail.com or 

Turnip festival highlights from Town of Eastham

Turnip-topia: A Lower Cape TV Feature
Everyone had so much fun at the 2015 Festival!
Here we share some of the highlights:

A Lower Cape TV Feature: Turnip-topia from Teresa Martin on Vimeo.

Here We G-R-O-W

Saturday, November 21, 2015      1 – 4 p.m.
Nauset Regional High School

Here in the town of Eastham, turnips are near and dear to our hearts. An heirloom variety of this delectable tuber, aptly named the Eastham Turnip, is prized for its delicate, sweet flavor and is highly sought by local Cape Codders and visitors  alike.

The Eastham Library is preparing for a bigger than ever celebration of Eastham’s famed tuber — the Eastham Turnip. The word is out! Turnips are Tops! To accommodate a growing turnip fan club, the annual Turnip Festival will more than DOUBLE its venue size this year, using both the cafeteria AND gym at Nauset High. More information about additional parking areas will be announced shortly.

Naturally, the focal point of the festival is the Eastham Turnip, but in addition to this locally grown root vegetable, the Holiday Marketplace will feature Thanksgiving essentials such as potatoes, winter squash, onions, herbs for holiday stuffing mixes, cranberries, honey, jellies and preserves, seasonal breads and muffins, locally made candles, seasonal wreathes and floral bouquets. This year's Fest will also have an  expanded number of crafters and artisans selling their locally produced wares, and of course, turnip merchandise will be on sale including hats, tees and a highly anticipated turnip cookbook.

The Turnip Fest is a multi generational celebration with FUN for all. Back by popular demand, the Higher Ground String Band will entertain visitors with their lively blend of bluegrass music and the gym will provide ample space for a dance floor for those wishing to try a turnip two step! Special events include the Blessing of the Turnips, Crowning of the 2015 Turnip King (or Queen), and a Turnip Rap performance by the Jr. Library Club.

The culinary cornerstone of the Fest is the annual Cook-Off with the public invited to sample the turnip entries and cast votes to determine a People's Choice Award. Past entries have been as creative as Pumpkin Turnip Cheesecake, Maple Turnip Ice Cream  and Curried Coconut Turnip Soup! Other  turnip-themed contests include the Shuck-Off (who can peel a turnip the fastest?), the Enormous Turnip Weight Guessing Contest, and Mr. Turnip Head (a decorating competition for kids 12 and under, where every turnip is a winner!)

The Festival Photo Contest entries will be on display.  This year's theme category is "Frozen Eastham."   Prized will be awarded in two divisions, adult (18 and over) and youth (under 18).  The competition is open to all area shutterbugs, from novice to professional.  Cook-off and shuck-off  contest details will be posted on the library website shortly.

This year's children's amusements will include crowd-pleasing Trevor the Juggler, face painting, turnip arts and crafts to make and take, turnip patch ring toss, turnip beanbag target and — festival favorite — turnip bowling. New this year is a spin art station - pedal the spin art stationary bike and create beautiful paintings! Festival organizers have a few more surprises in store for our young tuber enthusiasts as well.

This celebration of the Eastham Turnip will be held indoors, rain or shine, so join the festivities! ADMISSION IS FREE!

For more information, contact Marianne Sinopoli
msinopoli@clamsnet.org or 508•240•5950
Everyone Turned Up at the Eastham Turnip Festival!

A Lower Cape TV Feature: Turnip-topia from Teresa Martin on Vimeo.

Anton Anderson created a  Facebook Album "Friends of EPL Presents: Turnip Festival 2014" so if you weren't able to Turn Up...

Read the story by Brian Tarcy on CapeCod Wave

If you were unable to attend the festivities last Saturday, here are the lyrics to the Rap that the Junior Library Club performed, bringing the house down!

Thank you to all our Friends, Volunteers, Turnip Committee Members, Judges and Turnip Chair Marianne Sinopoli for your hard work, creativity and a Fantastic and Unforgettable Day! 

Grand Prize Winning Recipes
Curried Coconut Turnip Soup (2013) submitted by Julie Allen Hamilton