Festival of Trees: Taste of the Festival
The 20th Festival of Trees will kick off with the Emerald Anniversary Taste of the Festival on Friday, November 22, 2013 with special guest, celebrity Chef Mary Ann Esposito, of the famed cooking series Ciao Italia. This culinary celebration, officially opening the 20th Anniversary Festival of Trees, will showcase signature dishes from many local restaurants as well as the unveiling of more than 240 spectacular Christmas trees and wreaths.
“It gives me great pleasure to participate in an event that brings together community and wonderful local food,” said Chef Mary Ann Esposito. “I am looking forward to the opportunity to mingle with guests and sample some of the great cuisine the Merrimack Valley has to offer.”
The Festival of Trees is the largest festival in New England and is the model and inspiration for many other festivals in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Since it began in 1993, more than 1000 people, businesses and organizations have donated trees and 1500 volunteers have donated their time. The Festival attracts over 27,000 visitors annually from 14 states and over 380 communities who come to view 240 beautifully decorated trees and wreathes. Festival participants include school children of all ages, businesses, organizations and people who annually enjoy the fun of decorating a tree and making an important contribution to the heritage of their communities.
The Taste of the Festival is Friday, Nov. 22, from 6 -10 p.m. Tickets are $50.00 and can be purchased by calling 978-685-8878 or via email at www.methuenfestivaloftrees.com. A limited quantity of aprons and cookbooks will be available for sale and signing by Chef Mary Ann Esposito.