Eastham Turnip Festival - November 18, 2017 from 1:00-4:00 PM

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Award Winning Turnip Recipes

2916 Turnip Cook Off Grand Prize

G R A N D    P R I Z E    W I N N E R
Eastham Turnip Puff Casserole
Mac’s Parties & Provisions

P E O P L E ‘ S    C H O I C E    W I N N E R
Eastham Turnip Soup
PB Boulangerie

More award winning recipes:

2015 Eastham Turnip and Mushroom Gratin (Grand Prize)
2015 Eastham Turnip Whoopie Pies (People’s Choice)
2013 Curried Coconut Turnip Soup (Grand Prize) 

Chef Jenn Mentzer of Mac's Parties and Provisions proudly sports the coveted Grand Prize Turnip Trophy won at this year's Turnip Cook-Off.  Jenn created an Eastham Turnip Puff Casserole that wowed the panel of Judges.


Eastham Turnip Festival

Saturday, November 18, 2017 1 – 4 pm at Nauset High School

Step aside summer squash, move over mushrooms, clear the path pumpkins & Make Way for Turnips!

It’s time to roll out the turnip bandwagon and hop on board! The Eastham Library staff invites you to celebrate the Cape’s favorite locally grown root vegetable ~ the Eastham Turnip, of course ~ at their 14th annual harvest extravaganza. Admission is free and this event will be held indoors rain or shine.

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

Plan to Have Lunch
Food concessions will include pulled pork sandwiches with sides of turnip slaw and delicious crepes with choices of fillings made to order, both sweet and savory ~ one a turnip special. Other selections include kid-pleasing pizza by the slice.

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 chefs 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 local vendors, all displaying goods that are locally grown, designed or produced. With over 60 merchants, this is the largest gathering of LOCAL farmers, artisans, artists, hand crafters and book authors on the Outer Cape. 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. Think Turnip, Shop Local!

Visit our Special Guest
Local independent bookseller Booksmith/Musicsmith will be hosting local children’s author Fran Weller from 1 – 4 p.m. Fran will be on hand to sign copies of her popular children’s book, Riptide, recently republished by David R. Godine, Publisher. To meet Fran, visit Booksmith’s vending booth located in the NRHS gym. The Library staff are tickled purpleto have her aboard this turnip bandwagon!

Turnip-themed Fun for the Young at Heart
Higher Ground String Band, the perennial Fest favorite, is returning for their 13th festival appearance and will entertain guests with foot-stomping, crown-pleasing blue/ grass tunes. 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, and root for your favorite contestant in the annual Shuck-Off (who can peel a turnip the fastest?). Visit a henna artist for free henna body art ~ a selection of designs includes, you guessed it, a turnip! Our mascot, Mr. Turnip, sharing his effervescent turnip humor and style, is always turnip thumbs up for a photo. And we’re delighted to announce you’ll be able to meet Mr. Turnip’s lady friend, Ms. Turnip!

Bring the Kids
Check out the Kids Turn Up for Fun Zone. Festival favorite Trevor the Juggler will astound onlookers with juggling feats extraordinaire ~ even juggling turnips! There’s face painting, turnip arts and crafts, a balloon artist making turnip topper hats, and a new offering, temporary turnip tattoos. Turnip games await, including festival favorite, Turnip Bowling and new this year, Turnip Hole (our version of the popular Corn Hole). Those 12 and under can enter a Mr. Turnip Head decorating contest (where every turnip is a winner!). Companion Animals of Cape Cod will be visiting with trained companion dogs. These furry friends love a good story (especially those that feature turnips!), and youngsters can practice their reading aloud skills in a Reading to Dogs corner, just one of many turnip photo ops.

Enter a Festival Contest
Visit easthamlibrary.org for details on entering our Turnip Festival Photography Contest and the Turnip Shuck-Off.

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

Turnip Festival Brochure (Coming Soon!)

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, contact Marianne Sinopoli at msinopoli@clamsnet.org or 508-240-5950 X3132.

Printable Flyer
Festival Poster
Printable Program

Vendor Policy

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

Turnip Shuck-Off Contestants Needed

What, may you ask, is a Turnip Shuck-Off?!?  Why, it's the time proven way to determine who can peel a turnip the fastest, of course!  A favorite competition at the annual Turnip Festival, this year's event will reveal who can peel a tuber in record time!

To become a shuck-off contestant, one must first enter a drawing held at the Eastham Library. Simply stop by the Library to fill out an entry slip or call 508-240-5950. The friendly folks at the Library would be happy to add your name to the turnip jar.

Three lucky contestants will be drawn on Wednesday, November 15th. Each will receive a turnip motif apron (for keeps) and the chance to vie for top honors and prizes on Turnip Festival Day, Saturday, November 18th. To add to the excitement, the Shuck-Off play by play (or should we say peel by peel), will be commentated by Dunes Radio 102.3!

PLEASE NOTE: Participants must be at least 18 years old.

For more information contact Marianne Sinopoli at msinopoli@clamsnet.org or 508-240-5950 X3132. 

Eastham Turnip Festival

Photography Contests

GENERAL CONTEST has two divisions: Adult & Student
THEME CONTEST (Windmill Weekend Memories) has one division: Open to all ages One grand prize will be awarded in each division

Bloomy Bonnets

Both novice and professional photographers welcome
• Photograph must be an image taken in Eastham
• Maximum photo size 8” X 10”
• Matted or unmatted prints are welcome ... no frames, please
• Limit: 2 entries per photographer

Entry forms are also available at the Eastham Library  
• Deliver completed entry form and photo(s) to the Eastham Library

• Entries must be received at the Library by Wednesday, November 15th

Entrants need not be present at event to win
Entries may be claimed at the Library by December 9th
All photographs will be displayed at the Turnip Festival, November 18th

For more information, contact the Dune Tramp at dunetramp@hotmail.com or 860-302-5420 

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.

Turnip festival highlights from Town of Eastham

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!