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The 2020 Festival had been planned for April 24-26.

On 3/13 2020 Charlie Baker issued an emergency order banning groups of 250 persons and more. Event organizers of such events are currently canceling canceling or postponing. Daffodil and Figawi festivals are cancelled. Town has temporary stopped processing events application regardless of the size until the emergency order is lifted.

The Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce, organizer of the annual Daffodil Festival, is working to plan a new event for this fall that will include many elements of the popular Daffodil Festival.
- stay tuned!

About Nantucket Daffodil Festival

The last weekend of April, the Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce holds their annual Daffodil Festival - a weekend of events to celebrate springtime awakening on Nantucket Island. The first occasion, a very simple affair in the 1970s, included an antique car parade in which islanders showed off their classic cars, followed by a community tailgate picnic in 'Sconset.

Now, decades later, the Daffodil Festival on Nantucket includes art shows, tours, parades (including the antique car parade and tailgate picnic), exhibitions, contests, lectures, and, of course, the annual Nantucket Daffodil Flower Show. There are activities for all ages, and faithful festival-goers dress up for the occasion and participate enthusiastically! The Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce organizes a Daffy Hat Contest, a Children's Parade featuring decorated bikes, strollers, wagons, and other self-propelled vehicles, the Antique Car Parade, a window decorating contest, the famous Sconset Tailgate Picnic, a Family Picnic at Children’s Beach, and more! The Pine Woods Morris Dancers often perform throughout the day at various locations.

The tailgate picnic in Siasconset that follows the Antique Car Parade is a favorite among everyone who attends this Nantucket festival. Picnics can be elaborately staged or simple and casual. Click here for a couple of recipes that you might want to try for your Daffodil Festival tailgate picnic.

Additional special Daffodil Festival weekend events for 2020 include Daffodil Festival brunches, parades, and more spring fun. Check our up-to-date Calendar of Events for a listing of more activities as information becomes available.

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Since the 2020 parades, picnics, Daffodil Flower Show, and other annual Daffodil Festival events have been canceled due to the pandemic...

Here are some suggestions on how to make your own Daffy Weekend festive!

Follow us on INSTAGRAM through the day Saturday 25th of the beautiful daffodils growing across Nantucket Island, along with photos of past Daffodil Festivals.

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Drive down Milestone Road to view all the beautiful blossoms blooming!

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Watch the Virtual Daffy Pet Parade organized by NiSHA, who tell us: “The parade MUST go on!..." The virtual parade will “go public” on Saturday, April 25, on their Facebook page. Winners will be announced on Sunday, April 26.

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Daffodil Festival Treats for Tailgating

Daffodil Lemon-Ginger Muffins

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These muffins are a delightful with a strong cup of coffee or espresso in the morning and make a bright teatime snack. Recipe makes about 18 dense and flavorful muffins.
  • 1-1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 cups of flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1-1/4 cups of milk
  • 3/4 cups vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 tsps. lemon oil
  • 1/2 diced crystallized ginger
Combine the flour, the sugar, the baking powder, and the crystallized ginger in a large bowl. In a smaller bowl, mix the milk, the oil, the eggs, and the lemon oil. Stir the milk mixture into the dry ingredients. Line standard muffin tins with foil cupcake liners. Divide the batter into the cups and bake for 20 minutes, or until the top springs back when touched lightly. Transfer the muffins to a rack to cool.

Pineapple Stuffing

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Serve hot or cold as a sweet accompaniment to ham, or use it as a condiment in a hearty ham sandwich.
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 20 oz. can of crushed pineapple, well drained
  • 5 slices of Portugese bread (slightly stale and cubed)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cream butter and sugar thoroughly. Add the eggs, two at a time and beat well after each addition. Add the pineapple. Stir in the bread cubes so that all are moist. Bake in a lightly greased 1.5-quart casserole uncovered at 350 F for about 45 minutes or until the top is golden and slightly browned.

Here's what happened in the 45th Annual Community Daffodil Flower Show - 2019

The 45th Annual Nantucket Community Daffodil Flower Show, sponsored by the Nantucket Garden Club and approved by The American Daffodil Society, will be held on Saturday, April 27 from 2 pm to 5 pm and Sunday, April 28 from 10 am to 4 pm at Bartlett’s Ocean View Farm, 33 Bartlett Farm Road. On Saturday, April 27 only there will be free shuttle busses to the show from Washington Street across from The Greenhound building starting at 1:45 pm and continuing all afternoon. The last bus will return from the farm at 5:00 pm. Admission to the flower show is free, but donations will be accepted toward the Garden Club’s Daffodil Planting Fund.

The entire Nantucket community is encouraged to enter the arrangement, horticulture and photography sections of the show. A complete Daffodil Flower Show Schedule of the flower arrangement, horticulture and photography entry classes and entry instructions is available now in PDF format by Clicking on This Link. Entry cards and printed show schedules will be available at island florists and garden centers early April. All exhibitors must bring their entries to Bartlett’s Farm either on Friday, April 26 between Noon and 6 pm or Saturday, April 27 between 7 and 9:30 am. Children and first-time exhibitors are encouraged to enter on Friday afternoon when members of the Garden Club and experts from the American Daffodil Society will be available to answer questions and help with entries. Anyone can enter the show with their daffodils. It’s fun. The American Daffodil Society has a web site www.daffodilusa.org where there is a Daffseek database with thousands of daffodil photos, to assist all exhibitors with the identification of their entries. Last fall, the Nantucket Garden Club with the assistance of the Annie Webber, and CPS middle school students classified and distributed daffodil bulbs to Nantucket students to plant and enter in the show. All youth of the island are encouraged to enter their daffodils, flower arrangements and photographs.

The artistic theme for this year’s show is "Shells and Bells" chaired by Debbie Carter, Sarah Ann Miller and Heidi Drew. The titles for arrangements are:

"Wedding Bells and Sea Shells"

Mass Arrangement
A mass arrangement is a profusion of flowers of various forms and sizes (Not to exceed 30 inches in width or depth, including accessories)

"Bell Buoys"
Men’s Arrangement
(Not to exceed 30 inches in any direction, including accessories)

"On the Half Shell"
Small Arrangement
(Not to exceed 14 inches in any direction, including accessories)

"Silver Bells and Cockle Shells"
Miniature Arrangement
(Not to exceed 8 inches in any direction, including accessories)

"Bicycle Bells and Slipper Shells"
Youth Arrangement middle and high school
Adult involvement is limited to selection of plant material
(Not to exceed 30 inches in any direction, including accessories)

"A Bucket of Shells"
Youth Arrangement pre-school and elementary

"Ships’ Bells and Lobster Shells"
Family and Group Arrangement
(Not to exceed 30 inches in any direction)

In addition to the flower arrangements and daffodil horticulture sections of the show, there will be a special section for Photography entries of daffodils in a landscape, a daffodil portrait, daffodils as a still life and of course, people and pets with daffodils. Entry Classes are for Adult either Amateur or Professional and Youth from the High School-Middle School and Lower Schools. Complete rules are found in the Flower Show Schedule.

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