The Topsfield Fair is a perennial favorite for us. We're not the biggest fans of the midway, although it is always worth a walkthrough and a ride or two. We love fruits and vegetables, and are always on the lookout for the winning 'biggest pumpkin'. Another favorite is checking out the pigs and other farm animals, as well as the interesting variety of guinea pigs and rabbits.
Food related events - like a chowder fest, or hot-dog eating competition or a bake sale.
The fourth annual Grow Spring! Expo, a celebration of local agriculture, horticulture, and environmental preservation, returns to Topsfield on March 18, 10 AM - 3 PM. Held at the Emerson Center, the Gould Barn, and The Commons, this year’s event is sponsored by the Topsfield Garden Club, the Topsfield Historical Society, The Commons, The Congregational Church of Topsfield and the Essex Agricultural Society.
Our cheese making classes are back! Join Appleton’s own award-winning cheese maker, Kristian Holbrook, for a hands-on cheese making class in our farm kitchen. You’ll learn all the basics of cheese making, make your own mozzarella and ricotta to take home, and get a behind-the-scenes tour of our dairy operation and cheese cave. Pre-registration required.
Visit Lowell’s Boat Shop during their Annual Holiday Open House is a two day family event during the first weekend in December. On the main shop level, guests can enjoy a silent auction as well as a retail display featuring the shop's traditional hand crafted items as well as our seasonal merchandise.
Do you have a mini iron chef in your house? Here's a perfect opportunity to nurture their interest in the culinary arts at Williams-Sonoma's Market Street Lynnfield location! Join American Girl™ for a pasta workshop! We’ll show you how to cut out ravioli using a cool tool called a ravioli plaque, and together we’ll cook a yummy sauce for our pasta. Then mangia (“eat”)! Suitable for ages 8–13.
Join Appleton Farms for the first Down on the Farm Fall Concert Series at Appleton Farms in the Stone Paddock! These family-friendly concerts will feature live music, food trucks, lawn games, and an opportunity to meet our dairy cows and farm animals. The series kicks off on Sunday, October 9th at 4pm. Bring your own picnic or purchase food from a selection of food trucks. Beer and wine will be available for purchase with Ipswich Ale, Old Planters Brewing, and Mill River Winery. Gates open at 4pm and concert starts at 5pm. Leaf-peeping and family photo opportunities among the foliage in our historic Stone Paddock a bonus!
The Salem Food Truck Festival is a two-day event being hosted in the Salem Common in historic downtown Salem, Ma. The event will feature 25 food trucks, live music and family fun. With a range from grilled cheese to whoopie pies, there is sure to be something for everyone! Save the date and save your appetites for one of the area’s biggest food truck events!
Join us for an amazing summer evening at Appleton Farms as we explore the oldest method of cookery…..fire! Inspired by the farm’s very own wood-fired Earth Oven, this special workshop celebrates the season with signature recipes featuring the freshest farm ingredients along with all the skills needed to enjoy your own backyard grilling all summer long. Class begins in the farm kitchen with menu preparation, culinary tips, and instruction before heading outdoors to the kitchen patio for fun grilling, dining, and local beer!
The Trustees of Reservations' Appleton Farms in Ipswich Massachusetts will host Graze the North Shore, a food festival in partnership with local restaurants, chefs, brewers, vintners and food makers. As one of the oldest continually operating farms in the country, Appleton is proud to be a part of a sustainable community of food growers and artisans on the North Shore of Massachusetts. This event will help raise awareness of the locavore movement and celebrate the bounty of delicious food being grown, raised, and served in this corner of the state. This event is 21+.