Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Thursday, April 26, 2018

BETHLEHEM – The Farmstead Festival, “a window into the world of artisan made foods,” will take place at The Gary The Olivia Theater, 249 Flanders Rd. on the grounds of the Abbey of Regina Laudis May 30 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festival will feature some of the top small farms and artisan food producers in the Northeast United States.

The event will showcase locally made handcrafted cheeses from Cato Corner Farm, Abbey of Regina Laudis Dairy (depending on availability), Artisan Made Northeast, Beltane Farm, Parish Hill Creamery, Woodcock Farm; baked goods from Wave Hill Breads, Middlebury Baking Company, Mayflower Grace Resort & Spa; jams and jellies from Winding Drive; local honey from Hilltop Apiaries; handcrafted chocolates by Philippe Niez; Savor cookies; lamb, beef and pork products from Bethlehem’s own Percy Thomson Meadows Farm; specialty food items from the Str-Eat Italiano Food Truck; and Alpaca wool products from Bella Alpacas. Local area artists will also be displaying their work. All products will be for sale.

Entertainment will be provided by Clay & Wattles Theater Company (introducing its 2015 Season at The Gary-The Olivia Theater), as well as special presentations by Benedictine Sister Noella Marcellino, who will give a talk on the making of the “Cheese Nun” documentary (DVDs of the documentary will be available for purchase).

Mother Dolores Hart will read from her popular autobiography The Ear of the Heart, and copies will be available for Mother Dolores to sign and for individual purchase.

The event takes place in the roofed, open air The Gary-The Olivia Theater, rain or shine. Admission to the festival is $18 purchased online until May 29 at  and $20 at the gate beginning at 10:30 a.m. the day of the festival. Children 12 years and under are admitted free.

The Farmstead Festival is a promotional and fund-raising activity for Clay & Wattles Theater Company and will assist the nonprofit with costs associated with the 2015 season at The Gary The Olivia Theater and with theater maintenance and construction projects.

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