New Unique Experiences highlight 71st Annual Kutztown Folk Festival
Candle Dipping – Kids of all ages can create their own candle. Starting with nothing but a single strand of dry wick, visitors periodically dip the wick into a cast iron pot of heated wax. After a half hour of careful repeated ‘dipping”, visitors have a wonderful souvenir to take home and enjoy!
Square Dance “Free for all” - As part of one of the days four regularly scheduled Hoe Downs, visitors can try their hand, or more accurately, “their feet” by participating in a Festival square dance. Led by the famed Lester Miller and Family, visitors will receive a few minutes of dance instruction and then be let loose on their own as the band and Lester call one of the Pennsylvania Dutch regions most popular square dances.
Pottery Demonstration & Class - Each morning on the Festival’s Children’s Stage, visitors will be treated to a earthen pottery demonstration by Pat Maureen Schloss. Using their foot powered pottery wheel, the Schloss' will demonstrate the process of forming a raw piece of clay into a finished decorative and functional piece of pottery. Afterwards, adventurous Festival visitors can schedule a private 30-minute class for later that day where they can create their own piece of pottery under the instruction and direction of the Schloss’s.
Country Kitchen Experience – Started on a trial basis in 2019, with overwhelming visitor response, 2020 will see the Festival’s Country Kitchen expand to a 10-person seat, multi-course meal, and tour each day of the Festival. Complete with “seven sweets and seven sours” tradition, all cooked on a 1920’s era wood stove, attendees will be able to partake in a meal cooked in the country kitchen during a 45-minute historical cooking presentation.
Jean’s Front Porch – After a part-time test in 2019, jean’s Front Porch will return in 2020 as a full-time presentation. The brain child of Dave and Jean Adams, through the various Pennsylvania Grundsow (Groundhog) Lodges, this life size porch acts as a gathering point for the locals and visitors to converse in the Pa Dutch dialect (language). It’s a great place to learn a few phrases or join in the conversion!
Ox Roast Tasting – Ever wonder what a slow roasted black angus steer tastes like fresh off the spit, now’s your chance. On five select days, Festival attendees can marvel at the site of a full-size steer being slow roasted as the Festival's famous “Ox Roast Feature” returns. Put on the spit in the wee hours of the night, visitors can enjoy a sample size taste, or an entire sandwich as the ox roast pit master begins carving the finished meat just in time for lunch.
Sample your Way – Although the Festival is well known for its PA German delicacies, and lots of them! An area that has seen recent growth in popularity is that of the various “gourmet” packaged food vendors and various wine, beer, & spirits related artisans. Receive complimentary samples from the more than twenty purveyors scattered about the Festival grounds. Everything from jams, jellies, dips, and salsas to honey, fudge, pickles and penny candy. The Festival Wine Tour features local wineries, cider, mead, and Berks County’s largest permanent open-air beer garden. And don’t forget the Festivals farmers market!
About the Kutztown Folk Festival
The Kutztown Folk Festival is the oldest continuously operated folklife festival in America. Held in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, the nine-day festival draws visitors from all over the world, entertaining families while providing insight and understanding of the traditions of the Pennsylvania Dutch and their fascinating way of life. The Kutztown Folk Festival features authentic folklife demonstrations, a wide variety of Pennsylvania Dutch food; over 200 nationally recognized, juried folk artists and traditional American craftsmen; over 2,500 locally hand-made quilts on display and for sale; antiques and collectables; six stages of entertainment; music and dancing; and a wide range of children's activities.
Dates for the 71st Annual Kutztown Folk Festival are June 27th thru July 5th, 2020. For more information visit; www.kutztownfestival.com.
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