The wonderful RI Wool and Fiber Festival takes place on May 16th from 9am to 4pm. Combining animals, history, delicious food in an idyllic setting and good old fashioned crafts and games, this is one of our own family’s favorite annual events.
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. The event also features the first-ever Coggeshall Cook-Off, where chefs of all ages are invited to make their best early American dessert.
Compete in the Coggeshall Cook-Off
Do you make the best Syllabub in town? Is your apple brown betty legendary? Are you an aspiring chef eager to show your talent?
All ages are invited to participate in the Coggeshall Cook-Off by preparing your best early American dessert. Contestants must purchase tickets to the festival and arrive with their dessert and recipe card by 10 am on Saturday, May 16.
Prizes will be offered 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 of local chefs, Coggeshall Farm staff and David Dadekian, founder of Eat Drink RI. Winners will be announced at 12:30 on Saturday, May 16. For a complete list of rules, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Demonstrators, Vendors and Guilds
Artisans and vendors from across the Northeast are participating in the festival, including:
• Dancing Threads RI
• Deb & Jean’s Mittens
• Dirty Water Dye Works
• Evergreen Farm (angora rabbits, fibers, handspun yarns and wearables)
• Foxfire Farm (felted bags, blankets and other items)
• Gigi Bonin Hand-Dyed Yarns
• Havana Banana (vintage buttons, ribbons, laces and trim)
• Joyette Studio (hand-sewn bonnets, bibs, pouches headbands)
• Katrinkles Knitting Jewelry
• Kevin Ford, Sheep Shearer
• Loop by Loop Studio
• Maybe Tomorrow Farm
• Ocean State Knitting & Crochet Guild
• Play at Life Fiber Arts
• Quare Fibre
• Rising Sun Earthworks
• Sit & Knit Tent
• Spiral Bracelets by Michelle
• Supermarno Studio (knitted and crocheted bracelets)
• Sweet Sheep Body Shoppe
• The Rocking “O” Alpaca Farm
• Third Floor Studio
• Thistle Hill Farm
• Wendy’s Wonders (handspun yarns)
• Yarncrafters (hand-dyed mohair, hand-spun yarn, scarves and blankets)
Food, Music and Dancing
Talented food entrepreneurs from Hope & Main, a food business incubator in Warren, will be sampling and selling their gourmet goodies. You can also get a healthy, delicious meal from the gourmet food trucks, Plouf Plouf, Championship Melt and Like No Udder.
Polish up your singing voices and get ready to sing along with the sea shanty band, “Sharks Come Cruising.” Dancing encouraged!
Family Fun and Kids Activities
Make your own flower headband, learn to swing a beetle mallet, play a game of Graces, help us wash and card freshly sheared wool or have your face painted. The historic farmhouse will be open for tours during the festival, with interpreters dressed in 18th century clothing. We encourage you to wear your own historic outfit!
The children will be invited to participate in a celebratory Maypole dance at approximately 1 pm, at the conclusion of judging for the Coggeshall Cook Off.
Ticket sales and event information can be found at Coggeshall Farm. Tickets are $10 adults, $7 children and seniors and children under 3 years are free.