Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Frozen Corn Maze, Twilight Hike, Mac-Cheese Cookoff, Apple Sunday, and Vermont Farm Tours: Fall Events for Sept 11-16

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"Season in Bloom" is a dance rooted
in symbolic storytelling and tradition.
Everyone can agree that fall is really in full swing. With last week’s few toasty, stormy days behind us, we can now turn our full attention towards the many fun fall activities going on this week.

Last weekend was a memorable one as New England Fall Events had the distinct pleasure of attending Pawtucket, RI’s annual Dragon Boat Races and Taiwan Day Festival. 
The performances from the Chinese Folk Art Workshop of Boston were truly memorable--we could hardly tear ourselves away from the performance tent. We uploaded some video from the Peacock Dance, the Spears and Sleeves Dance, Season in Bloom, a snippet from the Joyful Celebrations Dance, and The Beating of the Drums presentation.

Vermont Farm Tours Fills Bellies and Forges Relationships in the Community through Local Food.
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This Sunday September 14th is a very special food event-- The "TOUR de GOAT" is a bike (or car ride) tour in Vermont with all bike loops returning to the Vermont Goat Collaborative for farm tours, music, a Nepali dinner, and a goat roast (vegetarian options will be plentiful)! 
Registration includes route support and dinner. Adult and Youth tickets are available.

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Local food is the centerpiece of
Vermont Farm Tours' many adventures
The Vermont Goat Collaborative is a working farm in Colchester, VT supporting New Americans (recent refugees to Vermont) in raising goat meat to supply the ethnic market of Burlington and Winooski. Their goal is to provide a local, affordable product raised in an environmentally sustainable way and respects the cultural needs of New American consumers. This season, a Nepali and Rwandan family are raising about 200 goats.
TOUR de GOAT is an opportunity to learn about the farm and work up an appetite for a multicultural meal after the ride.

Vermont Farm Tours offers guided full-day and half-day tours, workshops, and farm-based events. From cheese-making workshops and bike tours, to wine, cheese, and farm tours—owner and guide Chris Howell introduces you to the people and farms that give Vermont its reputation for delicious artisan food. Small and large groups and families welcome!

Disney's Frozen-themed Corn Maze Opens this Weekend at Gaines Farm
Gaines Farm hosts a Frozen Corn Maze 
Our friend Jackie Gaines was excited to share that this year they will be hosting a Frozen-themed maze to the delight of many! Although the maze makes its debut this Saturday, September 13th, it will remain open every Saturday and Sunday through Oct 26th.  Click here for a coupon for your visit to the Frozen Corn Maze!
Gaines Farm is conveniently located in southern Vermont--just 1.5 miles over the Massachusetts border and only 80 minutes from Hartford, CT!

Where is New England Fall Events Headed this Weekend?
Donna Taylor Mac and Cheese Challenge
We're hopeful to make it to a variety of events this weekend--We're hoping to take the Twilight Hike on Friday, swing through the Spice Festival in Salem (and the Slater Park Fall Festival in RI if we can squeeze it in) on Saturday, and Sunday has us headed to the Vermont Mac and Cheese Challenge. We're excited to pop by the King Arthur Flour Baker's Store on our way to the challenge to stock up on baking goodies for some apple pie making this fall!

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Early colors over a Vermont stream
New England Foliage Report from our favorite foliage tracker Jeff-Foliage:
This week Jeff Foliage asks...How far do you have to go to find late September fall colors?
In past years, Jeff has traveled all the way north to the Canadian border during the last week of Sept (27th and 28th) and found nice colors.

But do you have to???  Find out Jeff's answer.

New England Fall Events' Top Recommendations for this Weekend's Fall Fun
Fall activities and events are really kicking into high gear this weekend with many distinctive events competing for our attention. We’ll post our top event picks below but we also encourage you to visit your state’s Fall and Activities guide or Food and Harvest Festival Guide for many more wonderful, worthwhile events and food festivals.

Here are our recommended activities for Sept 11-16:

Twilight Hike at Sholan Farms  – FREE
Leominster, MA   Click for event details
Friday, September 12th, 2014

FROZEN Corn Maze Opening Weekend at Gaines Farm
Guilford, VT  Click for details.
Opens Saturday, September 14th

Antrim NH Home and Harvest Festival 
Antrim, NH   
Click for event details.
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Sept. 12th-14th, 2014
Read about our visit to the Antrim Home and Harvest Festival for details, family tips, and more!

TOUR de GOAT with Vermont Farm Tours
Winooski, VT   
Click for event details.
Sunday, Sept 14th, 2014 – ENTER TO WIN a pair of tickets to this event!

Spice Festival at Salem Pioneer Village – FREE/donations accepted
Salem, MA   
Click for event details.
Saturday & Sunday, Sept 13 & 14th, 2014 

Vermont Mac & Cheese Challenge
Windsor, VT   Click for event details.
Sunday, Sept 14th, 2014

DeMeritt Hill Farm Family Weekend – FREE
Lee, NH   Click for event details.
Saturday and Sunday, September 13th & 14th, 2014
Read why we can’t get enough of this postcard pretty farm.

Berkshire Food Festival – FREE
North Adams, MA   Click for event details.
Sunday, September 14th, 2014

Slater Park Fall Festival – FREE
Pawtucket, RI  Click for event details.
Saturday and Sunday, September 13th and 14th, 2014
Maine Apple Sunday at Pietree Orchard
Sweden, ME   Click for event details.
Sunday, September 14th, 2014

Walk for the Greyhounds and Chili Cook-off at Alyson's Orchard
Walpole, NH 
Click for event details
Sunday, September 14th,  2014

Boston Local Food Festival
Boston, MA   Click for event details.
Sunday, September 14th, 2014

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Apple picking is underway across New
England--what are you waiting for?
Heading out apple picking this weekend? New England Fall Events has done all the research for and compiled guide, features, maps, and contact info for your local or vacation-area New England PYO apple orchards. Here are your quick links to the apple picking guides:

For the more visually-driven folks, New England Fall Events allows you to scroll and spot farm locations on the interactive state maps too. Orchard and fall attraction maps for ConnecticutMaineMassachusettsNew HampshireRhode Island, and Vermont.

Remember, always call ahead before heading out to PYO as some farms will adjust their hours for weather or they close to allow more time for fruit to ripen.

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