Winklepicker! Festival



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Country and Region United StatesMassachusetts
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Ashfield, Massachusetts, USA
Festival Contact Information

The Mighty Albert
P. O. Box 3219
Amherst, MA 01004-3219 USA
Phone: +01 413-587-0713
Email: michaela (at) mob-pr (dot) com

Festival Description

Winklepicker! is a weekend full of the best food, music, art, workshops, parading, and dancing — New Orleans-style. A New Orleans chef will teach folks Cajun and Creole cuisine. A stellar lineup of artists will perform to take the chill off those February blues and get your winklepickers moving. Kids can learn Cajun fiddle, guitar and accordion at the Kids Camp session. Elmer’s Upstairs Gallery opens its doors with a special exhibit saluting Mardi Gras culture and costuming by some of the very best in the New Orleans. And wrap it all up at the Sunday Gospel Brunch at Elmer’s Store. There are weekend package and a la carte event prices as well to mix and match for the ideal weekend of your choice.

Festival Dates February 15 - 17, 2013
Festival Links

http://mightyalbert.com/otherevents/

Festival Events:

Programming highlights 2012:
  • Learn how to cook
    • Renowned New Orleans chef Michelle Nugent will teach folks Cajun and Creole cuisine New Orleans-style (yes, there IS a difference).
  • The music lineup includes
    • Chris Smither
    • Buckwheat Zydeco
    • The Primate Fiasco
  • Kids programming
    • Children can take workshops to learn Cajun fiddle, guitar and accordion at the Kids Camp session.
  • Exhibition
    • A special exhibit saluting Mardi Gras culture and costuming by some of the very best costumer makers in New Orleans will be on display at the Ashfield Congregrational Church throughout the Winklepicker! weekend.
  • Sunday Gospel Brunch
    • And wrap it all up at the Sunday Gospel Brunch at Elmer’s Store. There are weekend package and a la carte event prices as well to mix and match for the ideal weekend of your choice.
Schedule summary 2012:
  • Friday, February 17
    • 2:00pm-5:00pm — Cooking Workshop with Michelle Nugent (Cajun Country Cuisine Party): Southwest Louisiana Charcuterie, Cajun Style Jambalaya, Duck Gumbo, Crawfish Etouffée, Gateau de Sirop (all menu subject to change)
    • Afternoon — Mardi Gras Arts & Culture Exhibit Reception upstairs at Elmer’s; exhibit on display through Sunday.
  • Saturday, February 18
    • 10:00am - 2:30pm — Mardi Gras Kids Music Camp (for kids age 10-15)
    • 11:00am - 2:00pm — Cooking Workshop with Michelle Nugent (Creole Luncheon): Oysters Rockefeller, Seafood Gumbo, Pecan Fish Muniere, Bananas Foster
    • 3:00pm — Chris Smither Matinee Concert, Ashfield Town Hall (412 Main Street, Ashfield, MA 01330). Tickets $20 advance/$25 at the door (ga)
    • 7:00pm — Town Hall Dance Party: Buckwheat Zydeco with Planet Zydeco and the Mardi Gras Kids
    • 9:30pm — After-Party with The Primate Fiasco at Elmer’s
  • Sunday, February 19
    • Noon-3:00pm — Cooking Workshop with Michelle Nugent (New Orleans Brunch): Crabmeat Ravigote, Shrimp Creole, Grillades and Grits, Brandy Milk Punch
    • Morning — Gospel Brunch at Elmer’s Store
Details by event (time, location, ticket, etc.) 2012:
  • Saturday, February 18, 3:00pm
  • Saturday, February 18 / 7:00pm
    • Dance party with Buckwheat Zydeco and After-Party with The Primate Fiasco & After Party with The Primate Fiasco (at Elmer’s Store)
      Buy tickets at — Ashfield Town Hall (412 Main Street, Ashfield, MA 01330)
      Tickets — $25 advance/$30 at the door (ga)
      Phone — 413-628-4003
      http://mightyalbert.com/otherevents/
      http://www.buckwheatzydeco.com
      http://www.theprimatefiasco.com
      Combined Carnival Music Ticket: Admission to Chris Smither concert, Buckwheat Zydeco dance party, and after-party with The Primate Fiasco $35 advance/$40 door (ga)
  • Saturday, February 18 / 10:00 am - 2:30pm
    • Mardi Gras Kids Music Camp (for kids age 10-15)
      Pack a lunch and your instrument to learn Cajun-style guitar, fiddle, or accordion. Students will play before Buckwheat Zydeco hits the stage that night.
      Tickets — $25 Per Student (includes 1 adult ticket admission to the Chris Smither concert AND the Buckwheat Zydeco concert and after-party)
      Phone — 413-230-0237
      http://mightyalbert.com/workshops
  • Friday, February 17, Saturday, February 18 & Sunday February 19
    • Michelle Nugent Cooking Workshops
      Renowned New Orleans chef Michelle Nugent and Food Director at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, will teach Cajun and Creole cuisine (yes, there IS a difference) in three workshops, followed by a tasting. Advance registration strongly recommended; workshops have limited capacity. See website for sample menus.
      Venue — Elmer’s Store (396 Main Street, Ashfield, MA 01330)
      Tickets — $65 1-class; $175 3-class
      Phone — 413-628-4003
      http://mightyalbert.com/workshops
      Michelle Nugent
      http://southernfoodways.org/documentary/oh/neworleans_eats/jazz.shtml

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Practical Info:

Photo slideshow credits:
  • In order of appearance
    • Buckwheat Zydeco
    • Michelle Nugent — The New Orleans chef and Food Director at New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival will teach folks Cajun and Creole cuisine New Orleans-style.
    • Chris Smither
    • Uptown Mardi Gras Indians take to the streets during the 2011 Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Authentic Mardi Gras Indian Costume, similar to what will be on display at the Winklepicker Gallery.

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