by Lauren Mosher

First Annual Duxbury Food & Wine Festival

Thursday, September 25 – Sunday, September 28, 2014

Celebrate the first Duxbury Food & Wine Festival, hosted by Snug Harbor Wine. The festival presents a series of events designed to offer something for everyone. Festivities begin on Thursday evening with Oktoberfest at the Duxbury Bay Maritime School. Guests will enjoy a sampling of Craft and Domestic beers focusing on seasonal favorites. On Saturday afternoon, the Duxbury Student Union presents Food Science, an afternoon of fun with food and a learning experience for children of all ages. Saturday night the Gala Evening on the Bay will feature a soirée of cocktails, dinner in Clifford Hall with cuisine created by The Catered Affair, the finest of wines, and a musical après event presented on the lawn. That same evening The Festival Grand Tasting will take place at the Ellison Center for the Arts, offering over 200 wine varieties from various regions and by prestigious vintners. And to wrap up the event the 1803 Winsor House Inn hosts the Duxbury Oyster Festival Fall Harvest on Sunday evening. Join many local Oyster Growers for a festive celebration of local aquaculture and complementary wine and beers.

Duxbury Food & Wine Festival
Snug Harbor Wine
459 Washington Street
Duxbury, MA 02061
(781) 934-2033

Bringing Families Back to the Table

What’s for dinner? That inevitable question is usually followed by the internal debate: is there time to hurry to the store and prepare a healthy meal or should I just order take-out? Tara Hollander witnessed this daily conundrum when frenzied parents arrived to pick up children from her in-home daycare service, smelled the aroma of her home-cooked dinner, and realized that once again nutrition would be sacrificed for the convenience of dinner on-the-go. The experience of these time-strapped parents sparked the idea for Doorknock Dinner. In 2009 Hollander opened a commercial kitchen that offered well-balanced, home-cooked meals, delivered. Her recently established DKD Market and Bakery, which offers take-out dining, was named Norwell’s 2014 Business of the Year. The food gets rave reviews from all ages.

DKD Market and Bakery
686 Main Street
Norwell, MA 02061
(781) 659-3858

Never Open a Can of Soup Again!, October 4, 2014

Join Julia Powers, popular eSS&SC feature writer, for “Cooking on the Farm with Julia,” a new program hosted by Holly Hill Farm in Cohasset. Participants in the class, Hearty Fall Soups, will learn to use seasonal ingredients to make delicious, filling, and healthy soups. In addition, Julia will share some of her tips and tricks to demonstrate how to properly freeze soup for quick meals on those days when time is running short. You will never open a can of soup again! The class begins at 10:00 am in the Tomato Barn. Tickets are $12 for Friends and $15 for non-members.

Holly Hill Farm
230 Jerusalem Road
Cohasset, MA 02025
(781) 383-6565

Twilight Workshop Series, October 6, 2014

Ben and Hannah Wolbach of Skinny Dip Farm in Westport will be hosting the final workshop in SEMAP’s Twilight Grower Education series. “Growing Storage Crops for Winter Sales” will be the topic of the evening. While the program is planned for farmers, home gardeners are welcome to attend.

Skinny Dip Farm
Main Road
Westport, MA 02790

SEMAP Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership
P.O. Box 80625
South Dartmouth, MA 02748

Barn Show Music Series, October 12, 2014

End the season on a high note and attend the final Barn Show Music Series performance on October 12th at Holmes Farm in Manomet. This outdoor musical series features the original melodies of promising artists and is co-presented by local musician Hayley Sabella and Brewster Productions. The concluding concert will showcase the talents of local bluegrass band Riley Coyote, Boston based singer-songwriter Eva Walsh, and an encore performance from The Oarsmen. The three-hour show begins at 6:00 pm. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.

Holmes Farm
127 Manomet Point Road
Plymouth, MA 02360
(781) 987-4096

Hallow-Lantern Hayride Back by Popular Demand!
October 17, 18, 19, & October 23, 24, 25, 26, 2014

Celebrate All Hallows’ Eve at CN Smith Farm with a Hallowlantern Hayride. This family-friendly hayride travels down paths lit by hundreds of expertly carved and sculpted jack-o’-lanterns. The hayrides dates are October 17, 18, 19, and October 23, 24, 25, 26. The ride begins after sunset and lasts approximately 30 minutes.

C. N. Smith Farm
325 South Street
East Bridgewater, MA 02333
(508) 378-2270

Keeping the Holidays Local

Avoid the pre-holiday mayhem at the grocery store this year by using our handy Resource lists. Just a click away: our lists provide everything you’ll need to make the holiday season memorable and delicious. Check out cookbooks available through the Old Colony Library Network; search for a guide to cooking the perfect roast; learn of local farmers that provide turkeys, chickens, or ham, as well as pumpkins and cranberries; find a list of local bakeries for your pies, cookies, and baked goods. Compiled by the South Shore Locavores in conjunction with the Kingston Public Library and edible South Shore & South Coast, these lists not only help to reduce pre-holiday errands, but help also you support local businesses. Did we miss one of your favorite shops or farms? Please let us know and we’ll share it with our edible community. Email suggestions to: editor@edibleSouthShore.com

Resource List: www.edibleSouthShore.com/events/locavores/resources

Lauren Mosher earned her bachelor’s degree in Theater from the College of Wooster. By day, Lauren is a Boston-based sales associate for a start-up tech company, and by night, she is a chef, writer, artist, and fashion and decor fanatic. Her inspiration comes from her angelic chocolate lab, Bear.