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CLASH festival offers free or low-cost tours of Cape Cod farms, bogs, wineries

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The 2010 Cape Land and Sea Harvest (CLASH), which will be held Sept. 24-26, will offer residents and visitors a record number of no- and low-cost opportunities to learn about the local foods of Cape Cod. Farms, bogs, piers, wineries, and other food-related operations up and down the Cape will open their doors to the public by offering behind-the-scene tours and tastings of locally produced and artisanal foods in an effort to educate consumers about local food production.

CLASH participants will be able to tour a cranberry bog, traditional and hydroponic farms, a smokehouse, and a craft brewery. They can take workshops on how to cultivate shiitake mushrooms, harvest shellfish, and make cheese. For the more adventurous, there is the opportunity to go out with a lobsterman and pull in lobster traps, participate in a goat walk, a grape crush, and a culinary crawl of Woods Hole, and roll up their sleeves to harvest potatoes at an organic farm.

At various businesses, there will be free tastings of smoked fish, handmade truffles, small-batch jams, locally produced wines and beer, New England cheeses, and imported oils and vinegars from around the world. Local bookshops are getting involved by hosting book signings with local cookbook authors. Some workshops have limited participation, so interested parties are encouraged to sign up in advance at the CLASH website www.capecodclash.org.

This year ice cream shops will compete in ScoopApalooza to design the best new ice cream flavor using local ingredients, and restaurants will offer special CLASH menus all week.

Visit www.CapeCodClash.org for updated listings and a full schedule of events.

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