2016 WGBY Asparagus Festival
Celebrate All Things Local & Agricultural
Saturday, June 4
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Hadley Town Common
Rte. 9 (Russell Street), Hadley MA
Admission is free and open to the public. (Suggested donation $5.)
Entertainment all day! Don’t miss headlining bands from Signature Sounds. Wear your dancing shoes.
Farmers' & Makers' Market
Support the local slow food movement by visiting the booths hosted by area farmers. In addition, see the craftsmanship of some of Western Massachusetts’ most talented artisans along with the displays of other "makers," businesses, and community groups.
Ales and lagers galore, all curated by State Street Wines & Spirits. Come thirsty, as Artifact Cider Project, Artisan Beverage Cooperative, Berkshire Brewing Company, Brewmaster Jack, Building 8, Lefty's, The People’s Pint, and other local breweries will all be serving up some of their best pints.
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There will be plenty of food on hand, too -- and NO COUPONS this year. Tasty festival favorites will include Flavours of Cook Farm asparagus ice cream, Hadley Swaz Fried Potatoes, Barstow Burgers, Spoletos, Hillsides Asparagus Pizza, and fare from Wildwood Barbeque. Also onsite will be "farm-to-truck" food trucks representing The UMass University Club, Simple Gifts Farm, Wheelhouse Farm. Locally produced beverages will also be served.
Really want to get a taste of the Valley?
Kids Fun ‘n Games & Curious George
In a kids’ area WGBY is calling the Asparagus Sprouts section, children will enjoy:
Curious George—A meet ’n greet with this PBS Kids favorite.
Activity Stations—Engaging displays hosted by numerous community partners.
Outdoor Games—Active learning games, including Asparagus Pick, which tests a child’s ability to pick asparagus as their grandparents did, and Valley Scramble, an agricultural-themed spinoff of PBS Kids’ Kart Kingdom.
Whole Foods Cooking School—Whole Foods Market Hadley will help get young ones capable in the kitchen with a free-admission event called Valley Kids Cook. Children will enjoy working hands-on with locally grown crops.
Agriculture & History
Farmers’ displays and a WGBY tent will present information and documentaries about the agricultural history of our region, and the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association will showcase its Jurassic Roadshow of rocks, tracks, and fossils from the western New England.
With a nod toward environmentalism in agriculture, WGBY’s Asparagus Festival will serve its food and beverages using compostable serveware from Alternative Recycling Systems. The West Hatfield, Mass.-based waste management company will also handle all waste and recycling at the event.
The Asparagus Festival is generously sponsored by HP Hood, Whole Foods Market Hadley, Greenfield Savings Bank, Alternative Recycling Systems, and Green Mountain Tent Rentals. Media sponsors include MassLive, The Daily Hampshire Gazette, and Yankee Magazine.