Food

Food related events - like a chowder fest, or hot-dog eating competition or a bake sale.

Topsfield Fair

Topsfield Fair is one of the longest running annual fairs in the United States

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.

When: 
Friday, September 30, 2016 1 - 11pm
October 1-10, 20116 10am - 11pm

45th Annual Sheep Shearing Festival

Traditional Sheep Shearing Tools.  Come to the 45th Annual Sheep Shearing Festival on the North Andover Common.

The North Andover Festival Committee is inviting you to the 45th annual Sheep Shearing Festival being held Sunday, May 21st on the North Andover Common. The event is held from 10am to 4pm, and includes Sheep shearing and herding demonstrations, crafters, food vendors, pony rides, and much more! There will be free parking and a free shuttle from the Franklin and Middle Schools for your convenience. Hope you can join us for this fun and entertaining family event. See you there!

When: 
Sunday, May 21, 2017 10am-4 pm

Saturday Hay Bale Hangout at Appleton Farms

Explore Appleton Farms with your family - or come and just hang out! Photo: ©2011 Bill O'Connor

Join Appleton Farms for oem fun on the farm! Have you ever collected warm eggs from the chicken coop or seen how fast sheep will run for their morning helping of grain? Join us for our NEW weekend Hay Bale Hangout and spend the day at Appleton Farms. Stop by for fantastic farmyard meet and greets! Hands on activities start at 10AM and run every ½ hour. Greet the goats, make a wool bracelet, cuddle a calf, farm story time, collect chicken eggs and more! In between activities hang out in the Carriage Barn and explore our all-day learning stations or picnic outside in the Stone Paddock!

When: 
Saturday Through October 2017 10am-1:30pm
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Newburyport Rhythm & Roots Festival

Marcia Ball headlines the Newburyport Rhythm & Roots Festival to benefit Newburyport Parks

Bring the family to Newburyport's Waterfront Park ofor a free concert featuring roots music performers to benefit the Newburyport Parks. The second annual Americana Rhythm and Roots festival featuring Grammy-nominated Alligator Recording rhythm and blues artist Marcia Ball, blues and soul rock diva artist Nikki Hill, and Rounder Recording bluegrass artists Lonely Heartstring Band. Volunteers, donations and sponsors are needed.

When: 
Saturday, July 1, 2017 3:30am-6pm
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Kids Healthy Smoothie Class at Whole Foods Andover

Free smoothie class for kids at Whole Foods Market in Andover hosted by Kids Cooking Green

This 50-minute free hands-on Healthy Smoothie Class provides children 8+ years old the opportunity to make a delicious and nutritious smoothies using local fruits, yogurt and 100% juices. Participants will learn about nutrition and the positive impact of eating healthy and local. Parents are asked to stay at the store for the duration of the class.  This class meets at the Whole Food Market location in Andover Massachusetts.

When: 
Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 10AM

Earth Day: Kids Cook and Grow

Kids will plant and cook on Earth Day at Appleton Farms in Ipswich Massachusetts!!

Celebrate our Earth, farming, and delicious food with this fun hands-on planting and cooking experience! We’ll start in the teaching kitchen and get cooking. Kids will practice basic measuring and knife skills as we work together to whip up a tasty farm frittata with our own eggs. While our creation cooks kids will plant their own mini herb garden to take home. Learn about what plants need to survive and see what were planting in our own kitchen garden. Afterwards we’ll enjoy our snack together! Recommended for ages 6-10 but all are welcome! An adult must attend but there is no additional charge. Pre-registration is required. This program meets in the farm kitchen.

When: 
Saturday, April 22, 2017 10-11:30am
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Grow Spring! Expo

The fourth annual Grow Spring! Expo, a celebration of local agriculture, horticulture, and environmental preservation, returns to Topsfield

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.

When: 
March 18, 2017 10am-3pm

Cultures to Rinds: Cheese Making Fundamentals

Families will learn toshees making basics at Appleton Farms in Ipswich, MA

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.

When: 
Saturday, January 7, 2017 10-Noon
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Lowell's Boat Shop Holiday Open House

Visit Lowell's Boat Shop in Amesbury for their annual holiday open house!

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.

When: 
December 3 & 4, 2016 11am-4pm
Santa Visits 12-1

American Girl Pasta Party

Join American Girl at Williams Sonoma Lynnfield for a pasta ravioli workshop!

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.

When: 
Saturday, October 15, 2016 10 am

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