What the Fluff?

Come celebrate the 101st anniversary of the invention of Fluff with Fluff the 13th

presented by Allstate

Saturday, September 22, 2018 (rain date 9/23)

3:00-7:00PM

Union Square • Somerville, MA

What the Fluff?

Union Square • Somerville, MA

Seeking Volunteers!

So, What’s the Fluff?

Join us for the celebration of the 101st anniversary of Fluff, invented right here in Somerville’s Union Square in 1917 by Archibald Query.  This madcap, fun-filled festival draws approximately 20,000 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.

The 13th annual What the Fluff Festival will feature musical performances, a cooking contest, Fluff-themed games, activities, antics and fun for every age, and Fluff treats of every sort.

This year’s theme—Fluff the 13th—plays on imagery lucky 13 so often conjures: black cats, turning luck, ironic horror, illusion, fantasy, and the magical. Join us as we step into an alternate dimension of the imagination!

What the Fluff? A Tribute to Union Square Invention is presented by Union Square Main Streets as part of the Somerville Arts Council/ArtsUnion.

As seen in Yankee Magazine and Delish!

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  • You think Fluff is funny??? Well the folks at #UnionComedy do!!! Come see them this Saturday, September 22nd in Union Square, Somerville, Massachusetts as they storm the stage at the 13th annual  @flufffestival!!! 🎭🎭🎭 #Repost @unioncomedy (@get_repost)
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We tricked the city of Somerville into letting us do 20 minutes @flufffestival. Join us for a Fluff-inspired Armando in front of 20,000 people in Union Square this Saturday (Sep 22) at 4:35pm.
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  • Here is what to expect when you come to the @Flufffestival on Saturday!!! #Repost @cctvcambridge (@get_repost)
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It’s going to be a FLUFFING good time! This Saturday 9/22 - Union Square Main Streets & Somerville Arts Council present the 13th Annual What the Fluff? A Tribute to Union Square Invention.
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Watch our full interview with #FluffFestival spokesperson Jessica L. Eshleman at http://bit.ly/2MLvFSo
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  • Did you know the wonderful #Flufferettes are back @ the @flufffestival this year?!?!?!?! See everyone Saturday, September 22nd!!! #Repost @litmanito (@get_repost)
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  • 4 days before the 13th annual @flufffestival!!! This Saturday in Union Square, Somerville, Massachusetts!!! See you there!!! #Repost @roadtrip_newengland (@get_repost)
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Celebrate 101 years of #Fluff this Saturday in #UnionSquare, Somerville for the 13th annual #FluffFestival. Sample some fluff inspired delights from local restaurants and shops, fun music & the #Flufferettes! New England’s own culinary concoction was born in Somerville, MA and you check out the whole sticky story in @unionparkpress’s What The Fluff? #Fluffthe13th happens Sat 9/22 3-7pm. #igersboston #igboston617 #igersnewengland #FluffThe13th #September22nd #Fluff #WhatTheFluff #ForTheLoveOfFluff #FluffFestival #FluffForLife #FluffStuff #FluffAroundTheWorld #FluffLife #Fluffernutter #FluffBoy #MarshmellowFluff #UnionSquareSomervilleMA #SomervilleMA #UnionSquare #UnionSquareMainStreets #SomervilleArtsCouncil #MostAmericanFood #FluffFestival2018
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We’re excited to be sponsoring Somerville’s annual @FluffFestival again this year! To kick off the one week countdown there will be a Fluff takeover across our social channels. Enjoy and get ready for Fluff the 13th! 📷: @offthebeatenpathfoodtours on IG
  • Name that Fluff drink on @backbarunion Insta page!!! Win & get one free!!! 😮❤️🍹 #Repost (@get_repost)

Pistachio liqueur
Pear ginger shrub
Egg white
Naud Cognac

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  • 6 days y'all!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Are you ready?!?!?! #Repost @argenzianoschoolpta (@get_repost)
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Fluff Festival September 22! Come to the Argenziano PTA booth and buy some of our famous chocolate dipped marshmallow pops. All proceeds directly benefit the kids so it's a perfect excuse to eat some junk. It's for the children!
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  • 7 days until the 13th Fluff Festival!!! Saturday, September 22nd is the day!!! #TopShelfCookies are ready!!! #Repost @topshelfcookies (@get_repost)
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And prep for @flufffestival begins with the most important ingredient Fluff!! This year we are bringing Fluffernutter, Fluff & Stout and S’mores Cookies to Fluff Fest. See ya next week! #cookies #boston #craftcookies #somerville #flufffest #topshelfcookies🍪
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  • Want vintage Fluff Festival swag?  Visit our partners at the @bow.market for the 1st ever "Fluff Vault!!!" #FluffVault #BowMarket #FluffThe13th #September22nd #Fluff #WhatTheFluff #ForTheLoveOfFluff #FluffFestival #FluffForLife #FluffStuff #FluffAroundTheWorld #FluffLife #Fluffernutter #FluffBoy #MarshmellowFluff #UnionSquareSomervilleMA #SomervilleMA #UnionSquare #UnionSquareMainStreets #SomervilleArtsCouncil #MostAmericanFood #FluffFestival2018
  • Does anyone remember Lil Fluff??? (09.22.18) #LilFluff #LoyalSupplyCo #FluffForPresident #FluffForPresident2016 #FluffThe13th #September22nd #Fluff #WhatTheFluff #ForTheLoveOfFluff #FluffFestival #FluffForLife #FluffStuff #FluffAroundTheWorld #FluffLife #Fluffernutter #FluffBoy #MarshmellowFluff #UnionSquareSomervilleMA #SomervilleMA #UnionSquare #UnionSquareMainStreets #SomervilleArtsCouncil #MostAmericanFood #FluffFestival2018
  • Yes that is Archibald Query sprucing up Fluff Boy. Did you know that the Fluff Festival is planned & staffed by volunteers??? If y'all interested in joining on the Fluffy fun please fill out this form below:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc2-2rq_MiH6UCK1jbsk1IfvyBGZFzHj8mFhGHdMDgxmQNjKg/viewform

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Cooking Contest

Thank you Fluff enthusiasts for submitting such flufftastic entries! Registration for the Cooking Contest is now closed. Good luck to all !

Award Categories

  • Best Future Chef
  • Most Retro Recipe
  • Most Inventive Recipe
  • Grand Prize: Fluff the 13th Winner

Cooking Contest Judges

Mimi Graney: founder of the What the Fluff? Festival & author of Fluff: The Sticky Sweet Story of An American Icon

Rachel Strutt: Cultural Director at the Somerville Arts Council and impresario at Nibble, the Arts Council’s culinary entrepreneurship program

Karen Given: Executive Producer of WBUR’s Only a Game

          

Thank You, Volunteers

It takes a small army to make the Fluff Festival a success! From setup to decor, to sticky-sweet fluff games, bake sales, and more, our volunteers are essential to a smooth festival experience for all. Thank you to our 100+ volunteers for 2017! 

If you are interested in volunteering for this year’s Fluff Festival, either in the preparation phase or at the Festival, please fill out the Volunteer form.

See below for 2018 Fluff Festival details

Main Stage

3:00pm Ghetto People Band
3:50pm Flufferettes
4:00pm Magician Zoe Reiches
4:15pm DJ J Wall + MC Let's be Frank
4:35pm Union Comedy Improv
4:55pm Sur5ILL
5:15pm Mayor Curtatone crowns
Cooking Contest victors
5:45pm Flufferettes
6:00pm Peter Prince +
Moon Boot Lover

DEPT. OF SHENANIGANS

3:00pm Marshmallow Toss
3:15pm Blind Man's Fluff
3:30pm Fluff Jousting
4:00pm Costume Contest!
4:15pm Fluff Lick Off
4:30pm Fluff Musical Chairs
4:50pm Blind Man’s Fluff
5:00pm Costume Contest
5:40pm Fluff Jousting
6:10pm Fluff Musical Chairs
6:30pm Fluff Lick Off
6:45pm Fluff Hair Dos

INNOVATION ALLEY

3:00pm Artisan's Asylum innovators + Somerville High School's Robotics Team return for the 2nd year of Invention Alley!
.  Activities include Robotics
- to - Vinyl Cutting Activity + Laser Cut Merchandise from Black Cat Labs
. Interactive Paper Craft Station with Sarah Kramer
. Fluff Screen Prints + Printing with Sarah Dudek
7:00pm Fluff Hacker Creations making with Hacker Creations

STONE AVE STAGE

3:00pm Ones & the Onzies
3:15pm Oom Yung Doe Martial Arts
3:30pm The Marsh Pit
3:45pm Costume Parade Departs!
4:00pm Drum & Wellness Drum Circle
4:30pm Oom Yung Doe Martial Arts
4:45pm Drum & Wellness Drum Circle
5:15pm Mariachi Veritas de Harvard

A ‘NUTTER STAGE AT BOW MARKET

3:30pm Fluff to Bow Market Parade
with The Busted Jug Band
4:00pm The Busted Jug Band
5:00pm The Comedy Studio
hosted by Rick Jenkins
5:30pm DJs from Index Vinyl

And……

4-6pm

Groovy Baby Concert at
Play Union • 337 Somerville Ave

4-6pm

Family-Friendly Folk Show at
Bloc Cafe • 11 Bow Street

5-7pm

celeste Salsa Dance Party at
The Neighborhood Restaurant
• 25 Bow Street

3-7pm Fluff Vault at Bow Market

Other Happenings

  • Fluff the 13th Parkour with Parkour Generations Boston
  • Fear Factor
    Do you dare eat this Fluff and....?
  • Midway Kids Area on Sanborn Court
    Fluff bowling, Fluff ring toss, Fluff corn hole, Fluff constructions, & more!
  • Free Face Painting at the USQ Tent 

 

Getting Here

 

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. 

By Train

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.

By Bus

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 22.

If you do decide to drive, it’s recommended to park on the outskirts of Union Square.

By Bike

Rent a Hubway bike and park it at the Union Square Station.

Thank You to Our 2018 Sponsors

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2018 Silver Sponsors

Bow Market Logo

2018 Bronze Sponsor

 

 

2018 Media Sponsor

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