So, What’s the Fluff?
Now in its 11th year, “What the Fluff? A Tribute to Union Square Invention” is a madcap festival honoring the invention of Marshmallow Fluff. This fun-filled event draws over 12,000 people and is cited as one of the reasons why Lonely Planet named Somerville in the top 10 “Best In The US” travel destinations for 2016.
Join us for a celebration of the genius of Archibald Query, who invented Fluff right in Union Square in 1917. Artists, musicians, theatrical performers, culinary geniuses and the general public pay tribute to this great American creation in a zany, fun-filled festival. The 11th annual event features musical performances, a cooking contest, fluff-themed games, activities, antics and fun for every age, and Fluff treats of every sort. With this year’s theme of “Fluff U: A Sweet Education”, we’re transforming the beloved Union Square into our very own sticky, sweet campus.
“What the Fluff?” A Tribute to Union Square Invention is presented by Union Square Main Streets as part of the Somerville Arts Council/ArtsUnion.
Cooking Contest Registration
Thank you to the 40+ Fluff enthusiasts who entered this year's Cooking Contest! Online entries have closed at this time. We look forward to hearing from our esteemed judges at the festival: Renee McLeod, Founder of Petsi Pie's; Scott Kearnan, Food Editor at the Boston Herald, Dennis Tourse, Owner of Forklift Catering, and Nicole Beck of Yelp Boston!
- Best Youth Entry
- Best Traditional Recipe
- Most Creative Recipe
- Grand Prize: Best Overall
Fluff University 2016 Course Catalog
Dept. of Shenanigans
|3:20||Blind Man's Fluff|
|4:00||XFluff on the Nose|
|4:20||Fluff Lick Off|
|4:40||Fluff Musical Chairs|
|5:00||Blind Man's Fluff|
|5:50||Fluff Musical Chairs|
|6:10||Fluff Lick Off|
|6:30||XFluff on the Nose|
|6:45||Fluff Hair Dos|
- Midway Kids Area
Fluff bowling, Fluff ring toss, Fluff corn hole and Fluff constructions.
Play with a plethora of high quality, unique athletic games and equipment that promote gross motor development, physical activity and fun targeted for ages 2-6
- Roaming Railroad Train
|Somerville High School Music Dept|
|Union Square Donuts|
|Gracie's Ice Cream|
|Holiday Inn Boston Bunker Hill|
|Galley Ice Cream|
|Beard Papa's & Chatime|
|The Popover Lady|
|Tipping Cow Bakery|
|Kirkland Tap & Trotter|
|Neighborhood Restaurant and Bakery|
|Top Shelf Cookies|
|Cantina La Mexicana|
|Compliments Food Truck|
|Union Square Pizza|
|Mineirao One Stop Market|
|Jasmine Doodles / Soothed in a Stitch|
|Winchester School of Chinese Culture|
|Arbalest Press & 13mLDesigns|
Fluff University Sales
|2016 Fluff Festival T-shirts (onesies, toddlers, youth & adults)|
|What the Fluff Baseball Caps|
|What the Fluff Tote Bags|
|Fluff University Vinyl Stickers|
|Somerville Arts Council|
|SVB - Sand Art, Toys, Trinkets|
|PJ Library - Creative Crafts|
|Allstate fundraiser for Respond, Inc.||Sponsor Tables|
|Yelp! - Information Table & Trivia Game|
|US2 & Workbar|
|East Boston Savings Bank|
|Cambridge Realty Group|
|Society of Grownups|
We highly recommend alternative means of getting to Union Square including by bike, by bus or walking. We’re just a 25 minute walk from Lechmere, Porter, Harvard, Central or Sullivan Squares.
Red Line MBTA: Take Red Line to Harvard Square, then the #86 (Sullivan Square) bus to Union Square. Or take the Red Line to Davis Square, then the #87 (Lechmere) bus to Union Square.
Orange Line MBTA: Take the Orange Line to Sullivan Square, then the #86 (Allston) bus or the #91 (Central Square) bus to Union Square.
Green Line MBTA: Take the Green Line to Lechmere Station, then the #87 (Clarendon Hill) bus to Union Square.
86: Sullivan Station – Reservoir (Cleveland Circle) via Harvard/Johnston Gate
87: Arlington Center or Clarendon Hill – Davis Station or Lechmere Station via Somerville Ave.
88: Clarendon Hill – Lechmere Station via Highland Avenue
91: Sullivan Station – Central Sq., Camb. via Washington St.
Routes 86, 87 and 91 detoured around Union Square from 12:30 PM to 8:00 PM on Saturday, September 24.
If you do decide to drive, it’s recommended to park on the outskirts of Union Square.