Somerville’s 2017 Fluff Festival cooking contest opens

About the Event and the Cooking Contest


Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the invention of Marshmallow Fluff at our 12th annual “What the Fluff? A Tribute to Union Square Invention” Festival on September 23rd from 3-7 PM (rain date 9/24). Archibald Query concocted the beloved gooey spread right in Somerville’s Union Square. This milestone is celebrated each year with musical performances, a cooking contest, fun for every age and Fluff treats of every sort. This year’s festival, “FluffCentennial: Inspiring the Next Century of Union Square Invention” is produced by Union Square Main Streets in partnership with the Somerville Arts Council’s ArtsUnion with funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.


One of the most anticipated activities of this beloved Festival is our Cooking Contest, challenging culinary innovators to produce delicious Fluff filled recipes. This year, our aspiring chefs will have their creations judged by a luminary line up. Our FluffCentennial judges are Anthony Brooks from WBUR, Rachel Leah Blumenthal from EaterBoston, Andy Husbands from the Smoke Shop and Lisa Hughes from WBZ TV. More information about our illustrious Fluff Festival Cooking Contest judges is available on our website.


Contestants will vie for the titles of Best Future Chef, Most Retro Recipe, Most Inventive Recipe, and Grand Prize: Centennial Winner. Registration for the Cooking Contest is now open. Find out more about the Cooking Contest (and the Fluff Festival), or test your culinary genius and Fluff inventiveness by entering the contest at


The Cooking Contest is only one of the many reasons that close to 15,000 Fluff fans are expected to attend this fun-filled and widely anticipated event. The Fluff Festival has zany activities for everyone! These include interactive games at Knucklebones; fluffacious games for all ages, rides on the Roaming Railroad train, great music, FluffCentennial T-shirts, dozens of food and craft vendors selling their Fluff inspired wares, and more! You can keep up with all of the FluffCentennial news on our Fluff Festival website or our Fluff Facebook page. 
Where: Union Square Plaza in Somerville where Prospect Street, Washington Street and Somerville Avenue meet.
Cost: Free! 
Union Square Main Streets

Union Square Main Streets works collaboratively to actively support a vibrant neighborhood by preserving the character and advancing the economic strength of the Union Square business district and community. More information is available at the USMS website.
Esther Hanig

Executive Director

Union Square Main Streets

PO Box One

Somerville, MA 02143
Phone: 617-955-0080

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