Monday, June 17, 2019

36th Annual Whitesbog Blueberry Festival - June 22 - 23, 2019

36th Annual Whitesbog Blueberry Festival
Saturday and Sunday, June 22 - 23, 2019

The Whitesbog Blueberry Festival is back for its 36th year! Please join us as we celebrate the blueberry in a family (and dog!) friendly, country fair atmosphere. As always, blueberries will be the star of the show. Enjoy fresh, locally made blueberry pies, donuts, muffins, fritters and more from the bake shop. Fresh blueberries will be available for purchase by the pint, case, or to pick your own. White Dotte will be offering Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream ! For those who want to try growing their own berries, visit our plant sale, located in front of the General Store.

Whitesbog Historic Village
GPS: 799 Lakehurst Rd., Browns Mills, NJ 08015
Pemberton Township, Burlington County
Hours: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Saturday and Sunday

The General Store will be open, offering locally made crafts, Pine Barrens memorabilia, old-fashioned toys and candy, snacks, chocolate covered blueberries, cold drinks, and much more. On the porch, you’ll find jams and honey, festival T-Shirts, ice cream, and a plant sale.

Wander through our historic worker’s cottages. Visit the Makers Workshop for hands-on activities like screen printing. Pinelands Basketry Center will be weaving recreations of blueberry picking baskets and the Gallery will be open with an art exhibit of local makers.

Stop by the Cranberry and Blueberry Museum, located in the former barrel storage barn, for a history of the village and its agricultural roots. The Barrel Factory will be open for a series of talks covering topics such as the history and ecology of Whitesbog and the Pinelands.

Browse the wares of over 40 Vendors, including Simons Berry Farm and Blueberry Fields Artisan Soaps. There will even be face painting and airbrush tattoos!

Enjoy mouth-watering food from Slab House BBQ, Big Daddy’s BBQ, Chef Dan’s Famous Waffles, Maison Crepes, America’s Kettle Corn, Sherri’s Crab Cakes, and DiMatteo Vineyards.

On the beginnings of our new stage, hear the local sounds of musicians including The Accidental Jug Band, Dave Falcone, The Libby Prison Minstrels, Bad Dogz, Cranberry Jam, NJ Sea Dogs, The Flim Flam Band, Warm Hearted Country, and the Greater Pinelands Dulcimer Society.

Be sure to take a tour of Suningive, the home of Elizabeth Coleman White and her Gardens and Blueberry Field. Workers Cottages, the Ice House, the Cranberry Substation, and other historic buildings will be open for visitors to catch a glimpse of life in a 1900’s farm town. Visitors can also hop on a guided wagon tour that loops through the village, cranberry bogs, reservoirs, and blueberry fields.

Back by popular demand, entry is only $5.00 per car load! Pedestrians, bicycles, and motorcycles are likewise $5 each. Admission is cash only. Handicap and motorcycle parking is available in the main village lot. Parking is remote, but complimentary shuttles are available. Please be advised that the roads and trails of the village can be sandy and uneven. There is no ATM in the village, however the General Store and many stations can accept credit cards.

This event would not be possible without the generous donations of our friends and sponsors. Thanks to Renewal By Andersen, Central Jersey Equipment, Pine Barrens Native Fruits LLC, North American Blueberry Council, Fall Creek Nursery, Luxury Bath, White Dotte Dairy Bar, Passanante’s Home Food Services, Bath Fitter, Deborah Heart & Lung Center, JW Jenkins & Sons Well Drilling, Dimeglio Septic, Joe Smolarski & Son Plumbing, Wegmans, KDI, Inc., Jim Hankins, Geoscape Solar, New Jersey Conservation Foundation, New Egypt Flea Market Village, Holman Cadillac, Riccardo’s Pizza, New Jersey Parks & Forests and The Pinelands Antique Engine Association. More sponsors are joining every day!

This event is funded in part by The New Jersey Council on The Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts through a grant to the Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders. All proceeds benefit the preservation and programs of Whitesbog Historic Village, a cranberry and blueberry farm town started in 1857, part of Brendan T. Byrne State Forest.

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