Q: Hi, I’m visiting New Jersey in October from overseas and I’m fascinated by the New Jersey Cranberry Festival and would love to check it out. It seems like the quintessential northeast fall activity. Do you know anything about it or how far it is from NYC? Thanks! ~ Jen S.
A: Hi Jen! I’m from New Jersey, but I have to admit I was unfamiliar with the Chatsworth Cranberry Festival before I read your email. Turns out it’s the second largest cranberry festival in the country (the largest is in Wisconsin) and New Jersey is actually one of the top three growers of the Thanksgiving staple in the entire United States!
This year’s “cranfest” will be held October 15 and 16 and features a juried craft show, bog tours, live music, and of course plenty of food delights made from the star of the hour, including cranberry baked goods, jam and jellies, and even cranberry ice cream (yum!). It does sound like a great fall outing day trip.
Chatsworth is in the Pine Barrens area of New Jersey, about 2 hours from Manhattan. But it’s only an hour from Philadelphia, so you may want to combine your cranberry festivities with a stay in Philly, where you can visit fabulous art museum, learn about American history, and eat your way around downtown (don’t miss one of my favorites, the hot made-to-order doughnuts at Federal Donuts). You can even get fresh cranberries at the Reading Terminal Market.
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