Farm to Fringe

Farm to Fringe

NEW for 2017!

Weve teamed up with a few of the area’s favorite farms and proprietors– Hurd Orchards, Schutts Apple Mill, Broccolo Tree & Lawncare, Finger Lakes Distilling, and Wegmans– to bring a fresh, flavorful experience to the festival. Join us for a beer, wine & spirits tasting; Fringe Afternoon Tea in the Spiegeltent; a bounty of floral accents from Hurd Orchards; and much more. Fried cakes, a special reading, and pumpkin carving & painting await you in the transformed Spiegelgarden.

Beer, Wine & Spirits Tasting

Saturday, September 16 from 3:00– 5:00pm

Age: 21+ with ID

Three cheers for Fringe libations with options! Try one or try them all. Join us for our favorite pours in the Spiegelgarden to kick off our first weekend. It’s Fringe uncorked. Salut! 

Price: $5

Afternoon Tea in the Spiegeltent

Sunday, September 17 from 3:30pm –5:00pm

It’s afternoon tea with a beautifully set table complete with proper china and all the traditional trimmings. Delightfully posh with a definitive fringey twist. NEW to the Fringe, this is a guaranteed showstopper. Relax and enjoy.

For more information head here.

Pumpkin Carving Contest

Friday, September 22 (see timeline below). Age: Teens & Adults

Celebrate the start of Autumn! We’ll supply the pumpkins from Schutt’s Apple Mill along with carving kits; you bring the imagination. Leave your jack-o-lantern on display in the Spiegelgarden while Fringe-goers vote throughout the night.

Entry fee: $5


12:00noon–7:00pm: If you’ve carved an entry at home, drop off with Fringe Staff at the Merchandise Tent. (Please note: Spiegelgarden does not open to the public until 5:00pm.)

5:00pm–7:00pm: Join the fun and carve a pumpkin in the Spiegelgarden

7:00pm–11:00pm: The Fringe crowd votes. Oh, the anticipation! The top three jack-[or jill]-o-lantern winners will receive gift certificates, compliments of the Fringe.

For full contest rules, click here.

Kids Pumpkin Painting

Saturday, September 23 from 12:00 noon– 3:00pm

Age: Kids Only!

Pumpkins go to great lengths to become wildly imaginative inventions at our super fun kid-friendly event. From spooktacular to silly, we can’t wait to see what your creativity unleashes with a paintbrush. Turn our Spiegelgarden into a giant pumpkin patch, kids!

Pumpkin Painting: $5 per pumpkin. Take home and keep!

Close Encounters with Creepy Crawly and Wiggly Things: Storytime in the Garden

Saturday, September 23 at 3:00pm

Ages: 5 & up


Local environmentalist Laurie Broccolo has authored her first children’s book about creepy, crawly creatures. Bring your little ones by for a reading from this newly released book, Close Encounters with Creepy Crawly and Wiggly Things. Take an adventure with the main character as she discovers how fascinating and sometimes scary-looking creatures help our planet. The story will spring to life as she tiptoes barefoot through her Rochester journey.

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