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Maitland Mountain Farm & Aster B Coming to HarvestFest

posted Oct 12, 2012, 12:42 PM by Rockport Festivals

Flowers and produce and pickles -- oh my! We're excited to announce that Aster B, a beautiful flower farm with pesticide-free locally-grown flowers, will be at HarvestFest as well as the legendary Maitland Mountain Farm of Salem, producer of the renowned Maitland Mountain Farm pickle. Their pickles are delicious and spicy enough to warm you up on a sunny, chilly October day.

Tom O'Carroll to Perform at HarvestFest

posted Oct 7, 2012, 4:49 PM by Rockport Festivals

Tom O'Carroll will be performing in Dock Square at 11am during HarvestFest! Don't miss his blend of tradtional celtic tunes and folk songs.

Dublin born folklorist, folk-singer and instrumentalist Tom O'Carroll brings a wealth of stories, humor, wit and history to his performances. He has played at concerts, festivals, colleges, libraries and pubs all over the U.S. and Canada, as well as his native Ireland, including a stint for one month in Seoul, South Korea. Whether playing a plaintive air on the tin whistle or singing and playing rousing traditional songs to the accompaniment of the guitar or the bodhran (Irish drum), Tom will captivate all with his lively program of Irish culture.

Rockport PTO Sponsors Cakewalk at HarvestFest

posted Oct 3, 2012, 11:02 AM by Rockport Festivals   [ updated Oct 8, 2012, 10:12 AM ]

Rockport PTO sponsored 1st time ever, Cake Walk! Come play the game as many times as you like and win a cake to take home to your family for dessert!  We will play throughout the day 10-5 on Sat, Oct 13th at Rockport Harvest Fest. Tickets available day of the event in Harvey Park. All ages are welcome!!!!

Dog Parade at HarvestFest to Benefit Cape Ann Animal Aid!

posted Oct 3, 2012, 10:52 AM by Rockport Festivals

CAAA's Best Dressed Dog Parade
from Harvey park to Bearskin Neck and back again. Registration for the Parade starts at 11am with the actual Parade starting at noon. The winners will be announced and prizes awarded immediately following the parade at the CAAA table in Harvey park.

Entry for the Best Best Dog Parade is $10 and every participant receives a participation ribbon and doggy goody bag. There will be 4 extra prize winning categories each receiving a prize from one of 4 local dog stores; Petco, Essex Bird Store, Animal Krackers and Good Dog Gallery:

1) Darned Cutest
2) Most Creative
3) Ova The Bridge Pooch (most captures the essence of Cape Ann)
4) Harvest Fest Pooch (most captures the essence of harvest season) - GRAND PRIZE

All proceeds directly benefit CAAA.

Scarecrow Stroll Contest

posted Oct 1, 2012, 8:33 PM by Rockport Festivals

The entries are coming in, but don't be shy: we still need you to participate! The prizes this year are pretty juicy, but nothing compares to the bragging rights of being deemed the People's Choice when it comes to the scarecrows. Check out the poster and feel free to spread the word. We want your scarecrow!

The Great Scarecrow Chase is On!

posted Sep 30, 2012, 11:54 PM by Rockport Festivals   [ updated Sep 30, 2012, 11:58 PM ]

Show up in your costumed best and try to catch the Great Scarecrow! He might even have a treat for you! Parade begins at 4:30 in Harvey Park on Saturday, October 13th as part of HarvestFest!

Cookbook Author at HarvestFest!

posted Sep 30, 2012, 11:20 PM by Rockport Festivals

The talented and prolific Nancy Singleton Hachisu will be a part of HarvestFest for our 11:30 cooking demonstration, featuring her recently released book Japanese Farm Food, a book as unique as it is beautiful.

A little bit about Nancy, straight from her bio: I'm a California Bay Area native living in an 80-year-old traditional farmhouse on an organic farm in rural Japan. My English immersion preschool, Sunny-Side Up! has a school garden and we cook simple, local lunches for the children every day. I am a Food Education Leader of Slow Food Japan and have been teaching home cooking in Japan since 1992. I also write freelance and Andrews McNeel will publish my book, Japanese Farm Food, in Fall 2012.

Not only are we privileged to have Nancy cooking at HarvestFest, she also plans to be available to sign copies of her books, available for purchase at HarvestFest. Make sure you plan to stop by the big tent on T Wharf to meet Nancy and pick up a copy of Japanese Farm Food.

Chef Frank McClelland at HarvestFest!

posted Sep 30, 2012, 10:38 PM by Rockport Festivals   [ updated Sep 30, 2012, 10:43 PM ]

Don't miss the chance to watch a world-class chef in action as Chef McClelland of L'Espalier and Apple Street Farm is featured in a HarvestFest cooking demonstration at 1:00 pm under the big tent on T-Wharf. For more on Chef McClelland, read this excerpt from his bio, below:

“…food is best when it’s in its purest form. My job is to enhance that natural flavor to allow the essence of the food to sing.” -Frank McClelland

Chef Frank McClelland’s L’Espalier has been a perennial “best” of America’s restaurants for three decades, earning top accolades from Zagat, Forbes, Food & Wine, Bon Appétit, Frommer’s, Wine Spectator and Condé Nast Traveler as well as nods in international media. L’Espalier is New England’s most decorated independent restaurant with twelve consecutive AAA Five Diamond Awards (the only one in Boston) and twelve consecutive Forbes (Mobil) Four-Star awards. He speaks and judges across the country at events like Taste of Vail, Foxwoods Food & Wine Festival and the Chefs Collaborative National Summit.

At the heart of Chef McClelland’s menus of New England flavors with French interpretation is Apple Street Farm, his organic farm in Essex, Massachusetts that is the primary source of heirloom produce and proteins for L’Espalier and his trio of casual Sel de la Terre bistros. The James Beard chef and cookbook author (Wine Mondays) views his life as a farmer-restaurateur as being on-trend. By living this life from his youth, he was early to the farm-to-table or “locavore” dining philosophy.

Chef McClelland's love of “field to fork” cooking began while growing up on his grandparents' farm in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. By the age of 25, he had been a chef in two of the most respected Boston kitchens: The Harvest in Cambridge and L'Espalier. In 1984, he became Executive Chef at The Country Inn at Princeton in Western Massachusetts where he established himself as a culinary talent who made time to know local farmers. At The Country Inn he earned a four-star rating from The Boston Globe as well as being named one of the country's top 25 new chefs by Food & Wine.

Chef McClelland nurtured his love of fresh, regional ingredients and applied his European techniques to create his own signature modern French-influenced cuisine, brought his knives back to L’Espalier, purchased the restaurant outright and never looked back.

Chef Frank McClelland is a New England cooking institution, known for developing the Northeast’s next generation of exciting culinary talent. His restaurants include StarChefs “Rising Stars,” and chefs are sought out by network TV chef shows and industry competitions. Many of Boston’s best-known restaurants are populated with alumni who were mentored under his tutelage.

Glass Art Installation at HarvestFest by seARTs Partner With an Artist Winner

posted Sep 12, 2012, 12:30 PM by Rockport Festivals

Artist John Bassett will be at HarvestFest to show his work as a part of seARTs' Partner With an Artist program, linking artists with businesses in the community. This year the program features locations wtihin Rockport's newly designated Cultural District. Bassett creates pieces using fused and recycled glass from Rockport's town transfer station. Stop by one of the following locations during HarvestFest to see his work and learn more:

1pm GLASS ART INSTALLATION at Brackett’s Oceanview Restaurant.
Meet Partner With an Artist 2012 Winner John Bassett. Light refreshments. Presented by seARTS and the Rockport Cultural District.

GLASS ART INSTALLATION at Roy Moore’s Fish Shack Restaurant. Meet Partner With an Artist 2012 Winner John Bassett. Light refreshments. Presented by seARTS and the Rockport Cultural District.

3pm GLASS ART INSTALLATION at 7th Wave Restaurant. Meet Partner With an Artist 2012 Winner John  Bassett. Light refreshments. Presented by seARTS and the Rockport Cultural District.

Cash Prizes for this Year's Scarecrow Stroll!

posted Sep 5, 2012, 2:11 PM by Rockport Festivals   [ updated Sep 7, 2012, 5:58 AM ]

Sponsored by Granite Savings Bank of Rockport, this year's Scarecrow Stroll offers CASH prizes to the winners. Entrants can work in teams or individually. Pre-registrater online or by calling 978-501-3593. Festival-goers will have the chance to stroll around Rockport and vote on their favorite scarecrow with the winner taking home bragging rights and a cash prize. So get your friends together and come up with the best scarecrow design you can muster. Bring your work of art to HarvestFest (8 am deadline) and we'll install it downtown for voters to check out. Creativity encouraged, especially if you want to win the day. CLICK HERE to go to our Scarecrow Stroll page, where you can register online.

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