Two-Day Annual “CranFest” Debuts with Family and Foodie Fun in Plymouth

Cranberries are the largest agricultural food commodity produced in Massachusetts, image courtesy of Massachusetts Cranberries

McGRATHPR.com – Massachusetts Cranberries and Plimoth Patuxet Museums collaboratively present “CranFest,” a two-day festive celebration of the cranberry, on Friday, November 11 and Saturday, November 12, 10 am to 4 pm.  The festivities offer family and foodie programming celebrating the cranberry’s enduring history as the Commonwealth’s official state fruit, and its role in the culture, livelihood, and culinary traditions of the region.

Henry Boggs, the Commonwealth’s official cranberry mascot, image courtesy of Massachusetts Cranberries
Massachusetts Cranberries’ Traveling Bog,
image courtesy of Massachusetts Cranberries

Centered at Plimoth Patuxet Museums’ Peabody Pavilion overlooking the Eel River, “CranFest” offers something fun, festive, and seasonal for everyone!  Live local music sets a festive mood throughout Festival.  Family Day (Friday, November 11), offers programs, hands-on games, and activities for the young and young at heart. 95.9 FM WATD radio broadcasts live on-site from 11 am to 2 pm, featuring its popular on-the-air hosts, a Family Day highlight.

Foodie Day (Saturday, November 12), showcases lectures, culinary purveyors, and local spirits tastings.  Foodie Day’s exciting Cranberry Recipe Competition features Emmy Award® winning lifestyle host and Boston television personality Anna Rossi as emcee, alongside a host of local celebrity judges. Throughout the two-day festival, opportunities abound to visit local food trucks offering a variety of tasty fare, an open-air market showcasing local purveyor goods, history exhibits, Massachusetts Cranberries’ traveling bog, cranberry-centered documentaries in the Museums’ Plimoth Cinema, and more.

CranFest Schedule of Events:

Family Day: Friday, November 11, 10 am to 4 pm

Children’s Crafts, Games, and Activities

Face Painting and Coloring stations

Rhapsody in Red History Exhibit

Cranberries 101 Lecture

Traveling Cranberry Bog

Cranberry Documentary (Plimoth Cinema)

WATD Live Broadcast (11 am to 2 pm), Live Local Music (2:30 to 4 pm)

Hayrides ($1 fee)

Food Trucks and Market Vendors

Foodie Day: Saturday, November 12, 10 am to 4 pm

Local Spirits Tastings

Rhapsody in Red History Exhibit

Cranberries 101 Lecture

Traveling Cranberry Bog

Cranberry Documentary (Plimoth Cinema)

Live Local Music

Cranberry Recipe Competition with Emmy Award winning lifestyle host Anna Rossi

Food Trucks and Market Vendors

Plimoth Patuxet Museum’s Visitor’s Center, just steps away from Peabody Pavilion, where CranFest will be stationed, image courtesy of Plimoth Patuxet Museums

Massachusetts Cranberries’ and Plimoth Patuxet Museums’ newly formed collaboration ties the common threads of longevity and mission-driven commitments to education, cultural heritage, the economy, and well-being of the region’s communities.  These two stand among the Commonwealth’s most historic organizations – Massachusetts Cranberries was established as Cape Cod Cranberry Growers’ Association (CCCGA) in 1888, and Plimoth Patuxet Museums, America’s acclaimed living history museum, was founded in 1947.  Both organizations anticipate “CranFest” to be an annual event, serving as their collective first step in fruitful future collaborations. 

Cranberries on the vine, image courtesy of Massachusetts Cranberries

Admission to “CranFest” is $5 per person, children ages 6 and under are free.  Tickets are available at plimoth.org/events/cranfest.  Package rates are available to guests who also purchase admission to Plimoth Patuxet Museums on the day of the event.   Free parking is available in lots on the property. 

“CranFest” is made possible in part by media partner WATD, with support from local sponsors including the Town of Plymouth Promotions Fund, See Plymouth, Cranberry Marketing Committee, Tiny & Sons Auto Glass, Decas Cranberry Products, Fresh Meadow Farms, Bluewater Farms, Cape Cod Select, Plymouth Bay Winery, Rotary Club of Plymouth, Edible Southeastern Massachusetts and South Shore Home, Life & Style Magazine.  To learn more about CranFest, sponsorship opportunities, vendor information and more, visit plimoth.org/events/cranfest.

For more information about Massachusetts cranberries and their health benefits, visit Massachusetts Cranberries at cranberries.org, or follow the Association on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.  For more information about Plimoth Patuxet, visit plimoth.org, or follow the Museum on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and Mayflower II on Facebook and Instagram.

About Massachusetts Cranberries

Massachusetts Cranberries and the more than 275 cranberry growers in Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod and Nantucket are represented by the Cape Cod Cranberry Growers’ Association (CCCGA). Established in 1888 to standardize the measure with which cranberries are sold, CCCGA is one of the country’s oldest farmers’ organizations. Today, this trade organization for Massachusetts Cranberries has given growers both a single voice and collective strength in promoting the cranberry industry. 

Cranberries are the largest agricultural food commodity produced in Massachusetts, with an annual crop value of $64.9 million. Massachusetts is home to 30% of all North American cranberry acreage and according to the most recent Farm Credit East Knowledge Exchange Report, provides over 6,900 jobs and a total economic benefit of over $1.4 billion to the Massachusetts economy. For further information, call 508-866-7878, visit cranberries.org or follow the Association on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

About Plimoth Patuxet Museums

Through engaging experiences of history, Plimoth Patuxet tells the history of the Plymouth Colony and the region’s Indigenous people – in collaboration and in conflict – in the 1600s. Major exhibits include Mayflower II, the historic Patuxet Homesite, the 17th-Century English Village, and the Plimoth Grist Mill. The museum is a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate. A private, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational institution, Plimoth Patuxet is supported by admission fees, donations, memberships, and revenue from a variety of educational programming, dining and gift shops. Plimoth Patuxet receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, private foundations, corporations, and local businesses. Located less than an hour’s drive south of Boston, and 15 minutes north of Cape Cod, the Museum is open daily from mid-April through the end of November. For more information, visit plimoth.org. Follow the Museum on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and Mayflower II on Facebook and Instagram.