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The 33rd Lima Bean Festival celebrates West Cape May's farming heritage with lots of lima bean inspired foods, jewelry, arts, crafts, and pottery! Live local musicians will entertain all day:
Yum!! Lima Beans!! What? You don't think so? Come to the Lima Bean Festival, Saturday, October 6, where this lovely and lowly legume gets to be the center of our celebration. You will be amazed at the way the lima bean can be rendered, regaled, represented, respected and rejected. Wait! ? Not rejected!!!
Now in its thirty-third year, our Lima Bean Festival is the largest in the country and perhaps the world.. Held in the Lima Bean Capital, West Cape May, New Jersey, this quirky celebration of a bean that has dubious distinction really is a fun time in a borough that preserves its character as 'small town America' where residents really do know and care about each other. And they welcome all who come to visit.
Lima beans were grown commercially here for years before they were outsourced to other countries by big businesses but that doesn't stop the locals from honoring the farming heritage that West Cape May remembers as its major agricultural crop.
Savor a huge variety of lima bean inspired foods including soups, chili, crepes, empanadas, stews, cupcakes, pies, cookies, muffins, hummus, salsa, sauces and hand-crafted sodas. Of course, there will be fresh lima beans for sale, some grown at one of the oldest farms in West Cape May.
It's not just a great food fest! Local arts and crafts vendors are selling Lima Bean themed tee shirts, hats, bags, pottery, and jewelry with fun displays. And fitting with West Cape May, you'll find unusual antiques and collectibles.
Local musicians will be entertaining us all day! Come to hear:
9:00 The Squares
11:00 The Geno White Trio
1:00 C. Lynne Smith
3:15 The Capers
We will be crowning the King and Queen of the Lima Bean Festival at 3:00. Yes, you could be chosen!!
In case of rain, it will be held on Sunday, October 7. Proceeds benefit the West Cape May Shade Tree Commission.