Eastham Turnip Festival - November 23, 2019 from 1:00-4:00 PM

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People’s Choice Award: Turnip Venison Shepherd’s Pie by Brine
1st Prize: Harvest Turnip Slaw by Corner Stone
2nd Prize: Turnip Pizza by Jailhouse Tavern
3rd Prize: Turnip-Cauliflower Curry Dip with Focaccia Bread by Stewart’s Seafood

November 21, 2018 Cape Cod Times  Read the story and enjoy the recipes 

The 2018 Eastham Turnip Festival was a Great Success!

Saturday, November 17th, 2018

PSA Turnip Festival 2018 from Lower Cape TV on Vimeo     Printable Flyer

15th Annual Eastham Turnip Festival

Saturday, November 17, 2018 • Nauset High School • 1 – 4 pm

Turnip Festival 2018… in a town called Eastham, not so very far away ~ just a mere rabbit's hop and frog’s leap heading eastward down Route 6 ~ a quirky, homespun harvest celebration sprouted at the end of the 2003 growing season. The Eastham Turnip Festival sent forth deep roots, the roots held fast, and a turnip tradition blossomed. News of this Turnip Extravaganza spread from the Nickerson turnip fields to all with a hankering for an especially mild and sweet vegetable treat. And here we are in our 15th year … 


Join turnip fans on Saturday November 17th to pay homage to the hometown favorite of all root vegetables ~ the Eastham Turnip! You’ll soon discover what the turnip buzz is all about! 


We’ll begin the festivities with a pun in cheek Blessing of the Turnips, then issue a royal decree by crowning this year’s Turnip King or Queen. The Higher Ground String Band will entertain with lively blue grass music ~ even a turnip tune or two ~ while Mr. & Mrs Turnip take a leisurely stroll through the festival, a perfectly grown photo opportunity. The young at heart will go turn-nuts for Cape Cod Henna’s turnip body art.


Local restaurants will vie for top turnip honors in the Turnip Cook-Off, with the public sampling creative turnip dishes and casting votes for the People’s Choice Award. Other turnip-themed competitions such as the Turnip Shuck-Off (who can peel a turnip the fastest?) and the Enormous Turnip Weight Guessing Contest will amuse even the stodgiest of vegetable eaters!


A lively Turn Up for Fun Kids Zone will entice young ones with games (fan favorite Turnip Bowling, Connect Four Turnips, and Turnip Hole ~ our version of Corn Hole ~ to name a just a few), turnip-themed activities, make & take home crafts, as well as live entertainment ~ juggler, balloon artist, face painter, temporary tattoos and more! Grade schoolers can enter the Mr. Turnip Head Decorating Contest, where every entrant is a winner!


Come for lunch ~ tantalize your turnip taste buds with pulled pork & turnip slaw ~ or try crepes (both sweet fillings, and a savory variety featuring, you guessed it, turnip!), seasonal salads, gluten free and vegan offerings, or kids favorite pizza.


Shop early for the holidays. This is the largest fall gathering of LOCAL vendors on the Outer Cape ~ artisan wares, handcrafts, books by local authors, LOCAL produce and food stuffs ~ and of course, Eastham Turnips will be on sale here!


The 15th Annual Turnip Fest promises fun for all ages! All you have to do ~ is turn up!


This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Eastham Library along with Seamen’s Bank, Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank and the Eastham Cultural Council.

Printable flyer (with cook-off restaurants)       Printable poster


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


Award Winning Turnip Recipes

2916 Turnip Cook Off Grand Prize

2017 Grand Prize
Eastham Turnip Pulled Pork au Gratin with Turnip Cream
Big Dog's BBQ at the Orleans Bowling Center

2017 People's Choice

Curried Turnip Bisque Rock Harbor Grill

2017 Recipes
Turnip Poppers  C Shore Kitchen & Bar (2nd Prize)
Harvest Turnip Slaw  The Corner Store (3d Prize)

Chef Jenn Mentzer of Mac's Parties and Provisions proudly sports the coveted Grand Prize Turnip Trophy won at the 2016 Turnip Cook-Off.  Jenn created an Eastham Turnip Puff Casserole that wowed the panel of Judges.

More award winning recipes:
2016 Eastham Turnip Puff Casserole Mac’s Parties & Provisions
2016 Eastham Turnip Soup (PB Boulangerie)-People's Choice
2015 Eastham Turnip and Mushroom Gratin (Grand Prize)

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


Thank You!

Thank you Turnip Nation

Tubers were the talk of the town on Saturday, November 18th as turnip fans celebrated their favorite root vegetable ~ the Eastham Turnip ~ at the 14th annual Turnip Fest. As one observer noted, “It was like a town wide reunion!”

Many hands make light turnip work, and this event was a success because of the enthusiastic participation of SO many!

A truckload of turnip thanks: To the Friends of the Eastham Library, corporate sponsors Seamen’s Bank and the Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank, and the Eastham Cultural Council for their generous support.

To Tom Conrad, Ed MacDonald, Keith Kenyon for hosting our Turnip event at Nauset Regional High School, and to the Nauset District staff, teachers, faculty advisors and students who jumped aboard our turnip bandwagon.

To Dunes Radio hosts Suzanne Tonaire, Scott McAllister and Ron Robin for filling the airways with turnip highlights, as well as commentating our annual Shuck-Off.

To the local townsfolk and visitors from afar who joined our celebration, making the day a turnip triumph.

To the 50+ local merchants and supporters who stepped to the turnip plate by providing goods, services, contest prizes, discounts and cash donations to support our extravaganza.

To our distinguished panel of Cook-Off Judges - State Representative, Sarah Peake; Cape Cod Times Food & Lifestyle Editor, Gwenn Friss; and Peter Hall, owner of Van Rensselaer’s Restaurant.

To the 16 local food establishments who entered turnip dishes in our Cook-Off competition, the culinary cornerstone of our event.

To the Cook-Off crew, who worked tirelessly to serve a record breaking turnout of turnip foodies.

To the many volunteers who offered assistance by: event planning, collecting donations, promoting, publicizing, decorating, judging festival contests, orchestrating children’s activities, festival greeting, directing festival flow and all importantly, setting up and cleaning up.

To the local entertainers and musicians who infused our gathering with turnip whimsy.

To the 65+ local vendors, selling a vibrant, diverse array of locally designed and created art and handcrafts, seasonal produce, baked goods, books and of course, Eastham Turnips! It was a day to Think Local, Shop Turnip, and the local economy benefited.

To Team Turnip, for your creative ideas, humor and enthusiastic support: Debbie Abbott, Anton Anderson. Mike Caliri, Deb DeJonker-Berry, Aimee Eckmen, Melanie Fernandes, Julie Hamilton, Freya Hemley, Jack Kerig, Sharon Krause, Karen MacDonald, Fran McLoughlin, Robbie McQueeney, Jim Russo, Connie Wells. I tip my turnip hat to all of you!

Marianne Sinopoli
2017 Turnip Festival Chair


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-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

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!