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Annual Cranberry Festival to return Oct. 5-6

Oct 03, 2013 08:24AM, Published by Community News Service, Categories: Community



This October is set to mark the 24th year of the Downtown Bordentown Association’s annual Cranberry Festival. This year’s festival is set to be held Oct. 5-6 in Bordentown City.

The annual event, co-sponsored by Ocean Spray, has continued to remain a “craft” show. Doug Palmieri, president of the DBA, was proud that the festival is a showcase for only hand-crafted items, where “you won’t find anything mass produced."

The festival boasts a wide variety of items, from basket weavers to jewelers, jams, jellies, and woodcrafters. This year, more than 140 handcrafters will be exhibiting and selling their items.

Around the time of last year’s event, Ocean Spray had made the definite decision to close its plant in Bordentown. Though those moving plans are still on, the Park Street plant will still be open for one more Cranberry Festival as building plans delay.

Of course for the food lovers, many the of local restaurants will be represented, including Marcello’s, Toscano Ristorante, Jester’s Cafe, Oliver A Bistro, and Under the Moon Café, just to name a few. There will be gourmet food stands, as well as many Jersey Fresh wines available to tasting.

And, let’s not forget the staple of the event: cranberries.

The Quentin Hausser Memorial Car Show takes place on Saturday only, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The show, named for the late Bordentown businessman known for his love of vintage vehicles, usually has over 100 vintage cars, trucks, tractors, motorcycles and even bikes.

Palmieri expects a large crowd this year, hoping beautiful weather will bring in 40,000-50,000 people.

After 23 years, Palmieri said, “ we pretty much got it down.” From the car show, to petting zoo for the children, inflatable castles, and live music, the festival is set to offer something for everyone.

Free parking is offered at the Bordentown Elks Lodge parking lot at 11 Amboy road, and shuttle buses are scheduled to stop at eight different stops in town.

The festival is set to be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Farnsworth Avenue Oct. 5-6. For more information, go online to downtownbordentown.com.

—Drew Barile



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