Celebrate the autumn harvest and take a step back in time at Kenyon's Grist Mill in the quaint village of Usquepaugh. Enjoy free samples of seasonal fare, wine and beer, sweets, snacks, and more. Purchase a variety of food, art, products, and gifts from over 85 local vendors, including area farms, artisans, restaurants, and businesses.
Indulge in an abundance of local food, such as clam cakes, chowder, barbecue chicken sandwiches, wood-fired pizza, lobster rolls, oysters, pulled pork sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs, pies, ice cream, corn-on-the-cob, fudge, kettle corn, maple syrup, corn bread, apples, nuts, pumpkin seeds, breads, jams, coffee, milk, hot/cold cider, and much more.
Take a tour of the historic mill, the oldest manufacturing business in Rhode Island, and enjoy a colonial encampment from 1775-1830. Watch a variety of old world demonstrations, such as blacksmithing, basket weaving, flute playing, chair caning, bowl turning, wheel and drop spinning, flax spinning, loom weaving, bucket making, wood making, stone carving, leathersmithing, and pottery throwing. Enjoy book signing, wampum shell cutting and shaping, glass foiling, watercolor painting, rug weaving, face painting, charcoal portraits, silhouettes, and pumpkin carving. Meet special guests, including Munroe Dairy's MooCow, Fresh Fanatics, Plummy – the Plum Beach Lighthouse, Roger Williams, and the commander of the Gaspee, to name a few.
Listen to live music from over twelve bands, including songs, "Clam Cakes Chowder" by Uncle Funk, and "Johnny Cakes" by Bill E. Payne. Enjoy wine and beer tasting, from four and purchase by the glass. Visit with the alpacas, sheep, and goats, and enjoy the foliage by the scenic Queen's River and waterfall.
Admission is only $2 per person; Children 5 and under are free. Food and clothing donations will be collected to benefit the Jonnycake Center.
Event Location: Kenyon's Grist Mill | FREE parking is exclusively at the Washington County Fairgrounds (only minutes from the mill) with FREE, various/continuous shuttle buses with a narrated tour of the area. Parking Address: 78 Richmond Townhouse Road (Route 112), Richmond, Rhode Island 02898. Visit www.JohnnyCakeFestival.com for directions, photos, and more details.