Johnny Cake Festival at Kenyon's Grist Mill

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Oct. 19 and 20, 2013: Celebrate the harvest in Rhode Island and take a step back in time at this unique, New England autumn celebration. Over 125 local vendors, live music, tours, demos, food, samples, wine/beer, and Johnny Cakes.

2013 Johnny Cake Festival at Kenyon's Grist Mill

Experience Rhode Island in one stop.

Take a step back in time during the 2013 Johnny Cake Festival at Kenyon’s Grist Mill in West Kingston, Rhode Island, on October 19 and 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. In days past, a grist mill was a meeting place where people socialized, traded, and exchanged ideas. The tradition continues in the village of Usquepaugh where visitors, young and old, are encouraged to learn about Rhode Island’s history and heritage, and celebrate the harvest season.

This authentic, New England event is a collaboration of businesses and non-profit organizations. The mission is to support the community while creating partnerships and promoting local culinary specialties, handmade and juried art, agriculture, history, and education. Sample a variety of autumn fare, as well as beverages, sweets, snacks, and more. Savor Johnny Cakes made from stone ground cornmeal, a time-honored food iconic to Rhode Island. Purchase from over 125 local vendors, including area farms, restaurants, and artisans of traditional and contemporary craft. Enjoy wine tasting from local wineries, sample local craft beer, and purchase by the glass. Take a tour of the historic grist mill, the oldest manufacturing business in Rhode Island. Watch a variety of old-world demonstrations such as blacksmithing, basket weaving, chair caning, stone carving, spinning, loom weaving, pottery throwing, and more. Experience a colonial encampment and visit with the alpacas, sheep, and goats. Listen to live music on two stages, and enjoy the foliage along the scenic Queen's River and waterfall.

Admission is only $3 per person. Children ages five and younger are free. Free parking is exclusively at the Washington County Fairgrounds, only minutes from the mill - 78 Richmond Townhouse Road in Richmond, Rhode Island. Free shuttle buses will run continuously throughout the event. Each bus will be hosted by historians, docents, or museum representatives who will share unique knowledge of the state. Food and clothing donations are encouraged and will be collected to benefit the Jonnycake Center. Per every order of Johnny Cakes, a portion of sales will also be donated to the Rhode Island Breast Cancer Coalition. For directions and more information on the event, visit or call 800-7-KENYON.

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