Gilfeather Turnip Festival

Gilfeather Turnip Festival

Gilfeather Turnip Festival

Emma Hoos and her dad Bill display their entry for the Turnip Contest.

Emma Hoos and her dad Bill display their entry for the Turnip Contest.

It’s turnip time again in Wardsboro, Vt., on Saturday, October 25, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., when hundreds will gather to celebrate the town’s own heirloom vegetable at the 12th annual Gilfeather Turnip Festival. Bushels of turnips along with craft and farmers’ market vendors arrive early to take over the small village, inside and outside of Town Hall and under tents on Main Street. The free event takes place rain or shine, and is the largest fundraising event supporting the town’s public library.

Farmer John Gilfeather could never have imagined that one day his town would celebrate the humble tuber he first propagated in the early 1900s. The farm still exists, and the current owners carry on the tradition by planting the heirloom turnip.

The menu at the Turnip Café provides evidence that turnips are adaptable to savory as well as sweet offerings. Located in the Wardsboro Town Hall, the Cafe serves homemade cider donuts and coffee beginning at 10 a.m., followed by lunch featuring ala carte turnip tastings and creamy Gilfeather turnip soup from 11 a.m. until the food runs out.

The Gilfeather Turnip Contest from 10 a.m. to 12 noon is free to enter, in one or more categories. Margaret Roach, noted author and former garden editor for Martha Stewart Living, is judge.

Wardsboro troubadour Jimmy Knapp and other local musicians and entertainers are scheduled to perform. Call 802-896-3416 or visit friendsofwardsborolibrary.org to learn more. The festival is a fundraiser for the Friends of the Wardsboro Library for the support of the Gloria Danforth Memorial Building, the home of the Wardsboro Public Library.

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