Your guide to family activities, arts, crafts, quilts, shopping, groceries and more – The Morning Call | Wender Mind Kids

Your guide to family activities, arts, crafts, quilts, shopping, groceries and more - The Morning Call

A showcase of Pennsylvania Dutch culture finally returns.

For the first time since 2019, the Kutztown Folk Festival will be held in its true form at the Kutztown Fairgrounds July 2-10 with a variety of family activities, shopping, seminars, food and more.

Here’s everything you need to know about the return of the popular festival:

What: The Kutztown Folk Festival is the oldest continuously running folk festival in America. Like most major festivals, the pandemic forced the Kutztown festival to be virtual in both 2020 and 2021, with an online quilt auction and shop, competitions, recorded musicians and demonstrations by artisans and craftsmen.

When: 2 to 10 July daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m

Where: The Kutztown Fairgrounds, 225 N. Whiteoak St., Kutztown

How much: Admission is $16 for adults; $6 for students (ages 13 to 17); free, children up to 12 years; $40 for a weekly pass. Online ticketing is recommended. Credit cards are accepted and recommended at all gates.

Park: Free

Accessibility: The Kutztown Folk Festival is ADA-approved and wheelchair accessible. Wheelchairs and scooters can be rented. Advance reservations are strongly recommended. Call the Kutztown Area Transportation System at 610-683-3012.

Can I bring my pet? Pets that are up to date with their shots are allowed. All pets must be leashed and cleaned at all times.

Something new is coming to the festival this year.

At the Fresh Fest Market, vendors will offer healthier foods, local craft beers and specially prepared cocktails made with locally sourced ingredients. The market takes place in a designated area of ​​the fairgrounds known as The Grove. You will also find some educational presentations, children’s activities and entertainment.

Vendors include:

  • My Cup of Tea Herb Farm: a small farm in Mertztown focused on using sustainable growing practices to grow quality beginnings garden, potted plants, succulents, cacti, houseplants and cut flowers.
  • Haven Farmstead table: Cheese and “cheese chats” for those who want to learn more.
  • Tre wood fired: Fresh wood-fired pizzas with local basil, heirloom tomatoes, fresh local mozzarella, local pepperoni and roasted garlic oil.
  • Eight Oaks Farm Distillery: Farm-to-Glass distillery near New Tripoli
  • Saucony Creek Brewery: Craft beer
  • The Kutztown Produce Shack, fresh fruits and vegetables
  • the nest box dairy, Fresh farm eggs and homemade ice cream sandwiches

Additionally, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Staff will be available on the Fresh Fest Stage to teach and entertain. You will have a live bird of prey with you and you can learn about the adaptations and natural history of birds of prey.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a festival without all the delicious, decadent, Dutch food to eat before you need a nap.

Some of the highlights:

  • The country kitchen: Here’s your chance to savor an authentic Pennsylvania Dutch meal, entirely in the tradition of the “seven sweet and seven sour” dishes, all cooked on a 1920’s wood-fired oven. Attendees can enjoy cooked food and meals during a 45-minute historical cooking demonstration in the country kitchen, limited to just eight guests per day. (Seating is at 1pm and 4pm daily). The presentation is followed by a multi-course family meal in the country kitchen. The daily menu varies between numerous traditional delicacies such as roast pork, baked ham, baked chicken, schnitzel and knepp, ham and beans, chicken pie, dumplings, salad with spicy bacon dressing, peppered cabbage, cottage cheese and apple butter, red beat eggs, chow chow (pickled vegetables) , freshly baked bread, fruit tarts, apple pods, rice pudding and mint tea to name a few. How much: $20 per person, (Note: This is a potential sale.)
  • roast ox: On five select days of the festival, you can watch an 800-pound Black Angus bull being slowly roasted on a custom-built roaster in the open air. The famous roast ox sandwich is available for all nine days of the festival.
  • Dietrich’s fresh meat and delicacies: Come and enjoy Dutch meats, baked goods and other delicious foods at Dietrich’s Festival Farmers Market. They’re famous for their smoked meats and baked treats, made using generations-old Dutch recipes. Among the baked goods, you’ll find Shoofly Pie (both traditional and chocolate); Strawberry Rhubarb Cake, Lemon Sponge Cake, Fun Cake and Funeral Cake.
  • The fixed oven: If you have ever been to this festival, you have experienced the delicious smell of baked bread. The festival’s oven offers tempting oven baked goods and gives you a glimpse into the past of traditional outdoor baking techniques.
  • corn cake: The Kutztown Fire Co. will be back with their famous pies — personal-sized, double-crust pies filled with a creamy corn mixture.

The Quilt Barn is a must.

It’s a place where you can enjoy an impressive selection of more than 1,500 stunning, handmade quilts and tapestries in every imaginable color and size.

Quilts available for purchase range from king to crib size, and many are made by local Mennonite women. The annual quilt auction takes place on July 9 at noon.

In addition to the festival’s five entertainment stages, you can:

  • Take an old-fashioned “cake walk.”
  • Square dance
  • Watch a comedy show
  • Enjoy the sounds of the strolling sauerkraut band and two impromptu 19th-century brass bands
  • Check out the Lester Miller Family Dancers, made up of four generations of hoedown dancers
  • Enjoy the 4th of July Folk Festival Parade

Besides these activities, the festival is full of fun for children. The Children’s Farmyard Theater features puppet shows, sing-alongs, story time, magic, a ventriloquist and more. Children can also enjoy craft and play areas.

The children’s petting zoo, where children and adults can feed and pet the farm animals, is always popular. New this year are additional hands-on activities for kids, including making dolls, more music to sing along to and drawing barn stars.

In the seminar phase you can learn more about the Dutch dialect, traditions, hex signs and more. The festival works closely with the Kutztown University Pennsylvania German Heritage Center and with educators from the university and the surrounding area.

Speaking of history, you can watch a re-enactment of the “Hanging of Suzanna Cox.” It’s a dark chapter in Pennsylvania’s local Dutch history.

The 30-minute re-enactment revolves around Cox, who was sentenced to death for murdering her baby. (Of course there’s a doll in the noose.) Cox was arrested and, after a day-long trial, found guilty of murder and hanged in the last public execution of a woman in Pennsylvania. The crowd at the hanging in what is now Reading Town Park has been estimated at around 20,000.

If that’s a little too murky for you, you can also watch an Amish wedding, learn about early farming techniques, or participate in a land auction.