The art of working with natural fibers will take center stage at the Rhode Island Wool and Fiber Festival at Coggeshall Farm Museum on Saturday, May 16, from 9am to 4pm. Against a backdrop of a working 18th-century farm, artisans, vendors and producers of wool and natural fibers from across the Northeast will come together for a day of public celebration and exhibition.
Situated on 48 acres of pristine coastal farmland, Coggeshall Farm is a living history museum reflecting the lives of tenant farmers in the late 1700s.
During the festival, interpreters dressed in 18th-century clothing will mingle with visitors as they explore the historic farmhouse and outbuildings.
Observe craft demonstrations, purchase handcrafted items and natural fibers, and watch a master sheep shearer at work on Coggeshall’s own Gulf Coast Natives. Handcrafted local foods, old-fashioned games, kids’ crafts and acoustic music complete the scene.
Do you make the best Syllabub in town? Is your fruit pie legendary? Are you an aspiring chef eager to show your talent?
We invite you to join our first-ever Coggeshall Cook-Off at the RI Wool and Fiber Festival. The theme this year is Early American Desserts. Find a dessert recipe that might have been cooked in the 17th or 18th century, and then start practicing!
Contestants must purchase tickets to the Festival and arrive with their dessert by 10 am on Saturday, May 16. We will offer prizes in four categories: Ages 12 and Under, Ages 13 to 17, Ages 18 and up, and Professionals. Judging will be performed by a panel including David Dadekian, founder of the Eat Drink RI Festival, local chefs and Coggeshall Farm staff. Winners will be announced at noon on Saturday, May 16.
Tickets are on sale now at www.riwoolandfiber.bpt.me. Advance tickets are $10 for adults; $7 for children and seniors (children under 3 free). Day-of tickets are $13 for adults; $10 for children and seniors. Members of Coggeshall Farm Museum receive a $2 discount on advance tickets purchased directly from the farm. Email Cindy Elder for details on membership discounts.
This year's line-up of vendors and demonstrators includes a range of skilled artisans and producers of products using or related to the fiber arts. Our current list includes:
Talented food entrepreneurs from Hope & Main, a food business incubator in Warren, will be sampling and selling their gourmet goodies. Look for Laughing Gull Chocolates, Uncle Truscott's toffee and Tito's tortilla chips. You can also get a healthy, delicious meal from the gourmet food trucks, Plouf Plouf, Championship Melt and Like No Udder. Coggeshall volunteers will be cooking up jonnycakes and other items on the grill.
Experience traditional Morris dancing and help us awaken the earth at springtime with the amazing Ladies of the Rolling Pin, performing at 10:15 am.
Polish up your singing voices and get ready to sing along with the sea shanty band, "Sharks Come Cruisin." Dancing encouraged!
Face painting, flower headbands, and hands-on activities like washing and carding freshly sheared wool will keep the younger set busy while the grownups shop, mingle and enjoy the music. We'll invite the children to participate in a celebratory Maypole dance at approximately 12:30, at the conclusion of judging for the Community Cook Off. We encourage you to wear your own 18th-century style clothing if you have it!
For more information, call 401-253-9062 or email Cindy Elder.