Just because we can’t hang out in person to taste treats like the famous (or infamous) turnip whoopie pie doesn’t mean we have to miss a day of celebrating Eastham’s subterranean specialty. Here is a list of ways to get your turnip on during what is traditionally the annual turnip festival.
‘A Taste of Turnip Day’ (Saturday, Nov. 21)
Sample creative turnip recipes at the following participating restaurants: the Alley BBQ in Orleans, Basco Grill in Eastham, the Beacon Room in Orleans, Brickhouse Restaurant in Eastham, Brine in Eastham, C Shore Kitchen + Bar in Wellfleet, Cape Sea Grille in Harwich Port, Cottage Street Bakery in Orleans, Fairway Restaurant & Pizzeria in Eastham, Good Eats on 6 in Eastham, Hog Island Beer Co. in Orleans, the Hole in One Bakery in Eastham and Orleans, Karoo in Eastham, Laura & Tony’s Kitchen in Eastham, Local Break in Eastham, the Local Scoop in Orleans, Mac’s Market and Kitchen in Eastham, Mahoney’s Atlantic Bar & Grill in Orleans, the Red Barn Pizza in Eastham, Sam’s Deli in Eastham, Sunbird in Orleans, Toast to the Coast in Orleans, and Whisk in Orleans.
Or, pick up the uber-sweet tuber at these places:
- Eastham Superette on Route 6
- Friends’ Marketplace in Orleans.
- Hemeon’s Farm at 186 Off Bank Street, Harwich Port
Other Virtual Fest-ivities on the Eastham Turnip Festival Website
“Tracing Our Roots”: Videos of Turnip Fests past, from 2003 to 2019.
“A Taste of Turnip” Cooking Demo: Bob Willis, owner and chef at C Shore Kitchen + Bar, shows us how to make his Turnip and Crab Rangoon, which won a 2019 Turnip Festival award, in a special video.
“Direct from the Turnip Field”: Turnip farmer Bob Wells of Redberry Farm gives a video presentation.
“Homage to Cape Cod Festivals”: Hear from local author Kathryn Kleekamp in an interview about her soon-to-be-released book on Cape Cod festivals, including the Turnip Festival.
For Tiny Turnip-Lovers
Three virtual performances will be broadcast on Lower Cape TV/Channel 22. They will also be available for viewing at the Turnip Festival website Saturday, Nov. 21 through Saturday, Nov. 28:
- Trevor the Juggler
- Mary Wilson and Pitter Patter Puppets
- Jungle Jim’s Balloon/Magic Show
More Turnip Fun for Kids
Also on the website: Molly Driscoll’s first-grade art students have created a bumper crop of turnip heads. See them in a virtual art gallery.
Families can stroll around the Eastham Library grounds while reading The Turnip by Jan Brett, from Saturday, Nov. 21 to Saturday, Nov. 28.
‘Grab & Go Crafternoon Ideas’
Eastham’s Youth Services Librarian Fran McLoughlin has packaged some fun turnip-themed crafts. Grab them curbside from Saturday, Nov. 21 to Saturday, Nov. 28, or as long as supplies last. Look for the purple book truck outside the library building.