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 

Vendor Policy
The Trustees have established a Vendor Policy Statement to help maintain the
local harvest and literary character of our the Festival. 


It’s time to roll out the turnip bandwagon and hop on board! Yes, it’s time to root for the Cape’s favorite locally grown root vegetable — why, the Eastham Turnip, of course! The Eastham Library staff invite you to check out this year’s harvest celebration, to be held indoors rain or shine, on Saturday, November 19th at Nauset Regional High School from 1 – 4 p.m. All you have to do is Turn Up! Admission is FREE.

New to this turnip phenomenon? Here’s a handy dandy Turnip Fest Primer to guide you along the turnip pathway:

Plan to arrive early

Eastham Turnips – those succulent, sweet, versatile tubers – sell quickly. Other Thanksgiving fare will be available including locally grown fruits and vegetables (cranberries, winter squash, yams) as well as honey, jams, seasonal pies and breads – everything you need to grace your Thanksgiving dinner table.

Bring the Kids

Check out the Kids Turn Up for Fun Zone. Festival favorite Trevor the Juggler will astound onlookers with juggling feats extraordinaire. There’s face painting, turnip arts and crafts, and new this year, a balloon artist will make turnip top hats. Turnip games await, including festival favorite, turnip bowling. Those 12 and under can enter a Mr. Turnip Head decorating contest (where every turnip is a winner!). Our local Companion Animal Program will be bringing canine friends for a Reading to Dogs corner... we hear the dogs love a good story about turnips! And check out the new Rock ‘n Rolling Turnip Painting Pools, sure to fascinate our young guests.

Plan to have lunch.

Food concessions will include pulled pork sandwiches with sides of turnip slaw and savoy crepes with choices of fillings, one a turnip special. Other choices include kid-pleasing pizza by the slice and vegan specialties.

Try new taste sensations

The culinary cornerstone of the Festival is a Turnip Cook-Off and this year’s competition will feature licensed food establishments vying for top turnip honors. The public can sample turnip delectables and cast votes for the coveted People’s Choice Award. Past prize winners have included such creative culinary fare as curried turnip soup, pumpkin turnip cheesecake and maple turnip ice cream. What will this year’s batch of cooks whip up to tantalize our turnip taste buds? You’ll have to turn up to find out!

Get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping

Stroll the Holiday Marketplace featuring more than 50 local vendors – farmers, artisans, book authors and crafters – all displaying goods that are locally grown, designed or produced. Pick up a Thanksgiving hostess gift – from candles to cranberry jams, from gourmet chocolates to a seasonal bouquet – there’s something sure to please. Of course, turnip hats, tees and cookbooks are always popular choices for our turnip enthusiasts.

Be prepared for turnip whimsy

Higher Ground String Band, the perennial Fest favorite, is returning for their 12th festival appearance and will delight guests with foot-stomping, crown-pleasing blue/grass tunes with a turnip infused twist. Turnip line dancing is on tap for those itching to swing their partner on the dance floor. Guess the weight of the Enormous Turnip, witness the crowning moment as we announce this year’s Turnip King or Queen, meet Mr. Turnip (ever agreeable to photo ops), and root for your favorite contestant in the annual Shuck-Off (who can peel a turnip the fastest?).

Enter a Festival Contest

Visit easthamlibrary.org for details on entering our Turnip Festival Photography Contest, the Turnip Shuck-Off, and new this year, a Repurposed Book Art Contest for local students.

So much TURNIP FUN in store – so fans keep coming back for MORE!

This harvest celebration is made possible through the generous support of the Friends of the Eastham Library along with Seamen's Bank and Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Eastham Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

For more information, visit easthamlibrary.org or contact Marianne SInopoli at msinopoli@clamsnet.org or 508-240-5950. 
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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.

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