11th Annual Berlin Peach Festival

August 3, 2019 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
11th Annual Berlin Peach Festival

The 11th Annual Berlin Peach Festival will be held Saturday, August 3, from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., on the grounds of the Calvin B. Taylor House Museum, 208 North Main Street.  Admission is free.  Rain date for the festival will be Sunday, August 4, from 11:00 until 4:00.

Mayor Gee Williams will officially open the festival.  The Boy Scouts from Troop 261 will present the colors.  All afternoon, attendees will be able to stroll among the displays, demonstrations, and sales and information tables.  There will be juicy peaches for sale from a variety of Mid-Atlantic growers and many food vendors serving up delicious local specialties.

Children can try their hands at juggling with Cascading Carlos (Mir), have their faces painted, participate in a cupcake walk, put on temporary peach tattoos and play other traditional kids’ games.  The day’s entertainment will feature local favorite the George and Pat Bilenki Duo, in addition to juggling feats by Mir.

As in the past, there will be a pie-baking contest, three pie-eating contests and a container of peach pits to guess, with prizes for all the winners.  In addition, attendees may purchase 50-50 raffle tickets and win door prizes given away throughout the hours of the festival.

All afternoon, the Calvin B. Taylor House Museum will be open for tours of the historic 1832 house, as well as of the upstairs exhibition “Images of the Past.”  The Museum also will have a sales and membership information booth.

The 11th annual Peach Festival is sponsored by the Berlin Heritage Foundation.  Funding for this event is in part provided by the Worcester County Arts Council, Maryland State Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, organizations dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive.  The Berlin Heritage Foundation also thanks our generous local supporters:  The Humphreys Foundation; The Harrison Group Resort Hotels & Harrison Orchards; Taylor Bank; Paul & Patricia Dufendach; The Esham Family Ltd. Partnership; Joseph & Susan Moore; The Joan W. Jenkins Foundation; The Quillin Foundation; Reese Cropper III; Richard & Cheryl Holland; Jennifer A. Lynch; Williams, Moore, Shockley & Harrison, LLP; and the many additional organizations and individuals working to make the day a success.

Love to Bake? 

Enter a Pie in the 11th Annual Berlin Peach Festival Pie-Baking Contest!

The Berlin Heritage Foundation is looking for bakers to enter the peach pie-baking contest at its eleventh annual Berlin Peach Festival on Saturday, August 3, on the grounds of the Calvin B. Taylor House Museum, 208 North Main Street.  The first-prize winner will receive Dinner for Two at the Dunes Manor Hotel in Ocean City and a cookbook.  Second- and third-place prizes also will be awarded.

In 2018, winners were Brenda Heinecke (first place), Barbara Hartman (second place) and Nicole Masenior (third place).   This year, Denise Gotloeb from On What Grounds will return for her fourth time as judge.  She will be joined by Ruth Koontz from Main Street Deli and Laura Sterns from The Atlantic Hotel.

A maximum of 12 entries will be accepted and bakers must sign up in advance.  The registration deadline is August 2.  Pies must be delivered on the day of the festival between 10:00 and 11:00 a.m., and include a list of ingredients.  Worcester County Health Department rules stipulate that pies with perishable ingredients such as custard, ice cream or whipped cream may not be entered.  For more information or to sign up, contact Susan Taylor at 410-641-1019 or email at taylorhousemuseum@verizon.net.

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