Calling all Acorn aficionados, enthusiasts and oak-nut neophytes – its time to celebrate the fall of them in New England! Join us at D Acres in NH to share acorn lore, food, and FUN. Sunday’s activities will include acorn arts and crafts and acorn food/recipes, acorn art, contests and demonstrations of acorn gathering and how to process for human consumption. Make a day of it! (call ahead to) COME at 10AM FOR D ACRES ALL YOU SHOULD EAT FARM FEAST BREAKFAST
The 2018 Acorn Festival opens at 1PM with an acorn walk through beautiful paths of D Acres. Topics of discussion will include New England Oak Ecology and the practically universal cultural heritage of eating acorns. We’ll identify how to tell a “good” (for eating) acorn from a “bad” one, tools & techniques for gathering efficiently, and what “a light footprint” means.
1:00-3:00 PM Arts and Crafts table for kids and inside demonstrations of acorn processing and storage methods, using equipment found in most households.
3:00 PM Contest Submission deadline and Treasure Hunt
3:30 PM Prizes awarded
WHAT TO BRING: Dress for the weather (gloves, rain-coat, etc). We’ll have plenty of acorns to work with, but you are welcome to bring acorns you have gathered elsewhere. The Cooperative offers the use of the Davebilt nutcracker to the community. Been inspired? You can bring a submission for one or all of the acorn contests (see categories below).
Contest submissions may be entered on the day (12/2/18), and will be voted on by the day’s participants.
PRIZES will be awarded for:
- The Biggest Acorn / Smallest Acorn
- Acorn drawing / photo (please bring in frame that can stand on table)
- Acorn poem / song (please bring typed copy for perusal by participants)
- Acorn sculpture or collage
- Acorn recipe (please print instructions for your creation AND bring cooked sweet or savory dish that can be sampled by judges)