Apr 24, 2014
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Lots of Daffodils—and Food, Family Fun, Fireworks in Meriden Festival

 Lots of Daffodils—and Food, Family Fun, Fireworks in Meriden Festival

The daffodil festival midway.

Just like its namesake flower, Meriden’s Daffodil Festival is back once again to welcome spring.

This year’s fest is scheduled for the weekend of April 26-27 at Hubbard Park, and will include all the terrific food, activities and daffodils that have made the event one of the rites of Connecticut spring. 

Let’s start with food: 35 vendors will serve up the finest in local fare and fair treats, from fried dough and steamed cheeseburgers to ethnic specialties prepared by civic organizations (authentic Polish kielbasa from St. Stan’s? Yes, please!). Looking for a special art or craft? More than 100 juried artisans from across New England will be on hand—and creating things with their hands—including jewelry makers, painters, woodworkers, sculptors and fashion artists. Want to be entertained? Three stages will provide a variety of continuous live music from bands with a Meriden connection, while families will find all sorts of kid-friendly activities—face painting, craft-making, magic and more—in the Theater of the Trees. And don’t forget about the carnival rides and fireworks!

This year marks the 36th for the fest, which drew upward of 65,000 visitors last year thanks to terrific weather. Hopefully, Mother Nature cooperates again, especially in terms of actual daffodils—of which there will be 600,001 in 61 varieties. “We’ve had everything,” says Jane Earnest, one of the festival’s organizers, “We’ve seen them in bloom, we’ve had years where they hadn’t come up yet and years when they had already passed.”  

Of course, what’s a Daffodil Festival without Little Miss Daffodil and the parade, which will feature nearly 100 different groups and organizations. Also back is the giant tag sale under the 24,000-square-foot tent in the park; it happens a week beforehand on April 19, as does the Mirror Lake fishing derby, open to anglers under 15. 


Lots of Daffodils—and Food, Family Fun, Fireworks in Meriden Festival

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