Cauliflower Festival taking shape for Sept. 26
Margaretville — The Seventh Annual Margaretville Cauliflower Festival will be held rain or shine Saturday, Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the village park, Margaretville. Space is still available for vendors and community organizations. Visit www.cauliflowerfestival.com or call 586-3300 for forms.
This free festival, sponsored by the Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce, is a celebration of local food, community and the region’s agricultural heritage. It pays tribute to a time when Catskill Mountain farmers produced the finest quality cauliflower and shipped it to New York, Baltimore, Boston and beyond.
A new feature of this year’s festival will be a Forestry Tent sponsored by the Catskill Forest Association, with environmental exhibits, woodworking demonstrations and displays by wood products vendors.
Other highlights will be an 11:30 a.m. parade of vintage and modern day tractors, cooking demonstrations by SUNY Delhi’s Culinary Arts program chef instructors and guest chefs, and a Pure Catskills tent full of locally grown produce, including bushels of cauliflower for purchase.
Authentic fare ranging from cauliflower soup to barbecued ribs will be available. Children of all ages will enjoy magician Art Martello, a petting zoo, the ever-popular barrel train and crafts activities conducted by Kids in the Kaatskills.
Fine artists and craftspeople will display and sell their work under the Arts Tent. There will be traditional music and storytelling, and spirited dance by the Schoharie Valley Cloggers.
The History Tent will house two exhibits, “When Cauliflower Was King,” featuring photos, artifacts and memorabilia from the heyday of the cauliflower industry in the Catskills; and “The Business of Farming – Creameries In and Around Middletown,” including photographs, first-person accounts and maps of family dairy farms and the creameries where they took their milk.
The Margaretville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary’s Wellness committee will offer health information, blood pressure checks and the like. Other exhibiting organizations will include Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County and the Blue Deer Center.
This annual event is a cooperative project of many regional organizations and is funded in part by The Kids in the Kaatskills Foundation and the A. Lindsay and Olive B. O’Connor Foundation. Support is provided by Pure Catskills, the Watershed Agricultural Council and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection.