Thanksgiving is just around the corner and the nice folks at the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT) were kind enough to share with us some upcoming Thanksgiving weekend happenings…
Of course, nothing is quite as authentic as Massachusetts for Thanksgiving. Plymouth where it all began 390 years ago when the Pilgrims and the Native Wampanoag tribe celebrated the harvest and shared a meal.
MOTT points out that Massachusetts’ farm stands and farmers markets offer the perfect ingredients for your Thanksgiving feast. The Bay State’s cranberry growers are boasting one of their best production years ever – so stock up and get started on your cranberry recipes. Additionally, local wineries and breweries offer fantastic options for toasting the holidays. Truro Vineyards of Cape Cod offers Cranberry Red, a bold red Beaujolais character blended with delicate Cape Cod cranberries. And Brewer Scott Craumer from Berkshire County-based Barrington Brewery recommends their Rhop Ale, a light English beer featuring locally grown hops.
Some things coming up around the Commonwealth this Thanksgiving weekend include:
- November 18 – 20, 2011: America’s Hometown Thanksgiving Celebration Weekend, Plymouth – On the weekend before Thanksgiving, come to the place where it all began, enjoy the parade and sample chowders, soups, desserts and more at the New England Food Festival. There will also be concerts and an activity tent for the kids. Finish the weekend with a traditional Thanksgiving meal with Plimoth Plantation’s turkey dinners.
- November 19, 20, & 27, 2011: Fireplace Feasts, West Brookfield – The Salem Cross Inn invites you to relax by the fire or lend a hand as dinner is prepared for you 18th Century-style. Stir chowder as it bubbles in a cast iron cauldron and enjoy the crackling of wild cherry logs as prime rib roasts on America’s only-known Roasting Jack.
- November 24 – 27,2011: Thanksgiving Weekend, Old Sturbridge Village – Join as this historic village celebrates the traditions of an early 19th century New England Thanksgiving. Smell the aroma of feasts in preparation, discover Native American food ways and visit the Indian Doctress as she shares Native Traditions of giving thanks. For a true 19th-century Thanksgiving experience join the minister in the Meetinghouse and listen as he explains the real meaning of this holiday.
- November 25 – 26, 2011: 15th Annual Thanksgiving Day Artisans Festival, West Tisbury/Martha’s Vineyard – The largest Holiday Art Show on the Vineyard with over 85 Island Artisans. Balsam wreaths and ceramic ornaments to start off the holiday season and gifts galore from the Islands finest artists and craftsmen. Browse fine jewelry, glass, ceramics, fine art, clothing, book arts and much more.