We’re delighted to be holding the Daylesford Harvest Festival again this September. As the leaves turn golden and temperatures gently cool down, we take this day to honour the abundance of delicious seasonal produce available during autumn in an activity-filled day on our Cotswolds Farm.

Our Harvest Festival is a chance to celebrate all the wonderful food we work hard to produce throughout the year at Daylesford. With a bountiful variety of crops at their best in autumn, it is a day to relish this most generous of seasons before the cooler winter weather sets in and to learn about how we can nourish our bodies from the inside out, preparing for the change in seasons.

Several of last year’s most loved activities will be making a comeback, including the Country Brocante Fair in the Dairy Paddock and the Daylesford Producers’ Market where you will find mouth watering organic artisan produce which celebrates the seasons. Our farmshop will be a stone’s throw from all of the activity and will be hosting tastings all day as well as selling unique harvest homeware.

Find details on what to expect this year below. We look forward to seeing you there!


Date: Saturday 21st September 2019

LOCATION: Daylesford near Kingham, Gloucestershire, GL56 0YG

TIMINGS: 10am-5pm

ENTRY: Free entry and free parking, but please do register your attendance to help us keep track of numbers in advance.

Register for free

HARVEST COMPETITION TENT

A competition tent will take pride of place in the Market Garden, where you can win prizes for your own culinary skills.

Categories include:

♥ Best Harvest Vegetable ♥ Best Harvest Wheatsheaf ♥ Best Chutney  ♥ Best Apple & Blackberry Pie ♥ Best Plum Jam ♥ Largest Pumpkin ♥ Best Harvest Corn Dolly

If you would like to take part, please email your name and the category or categories you wish to enter to michole.jeynes@daylesford.com by 5pm on Monday 17th September.

Our head gardener Jez is also planning some fun challenges in the Market Garden – will you master courgette jenga, building apple towers or making monsters out of ugly, bruised or wonky vegetables?

FOOD TO CELEBRATE THE SEASON

A love for seasonal organic food inspires much of the Harvest Festival. Our Asado-style firepits will be lit the night before so you can enjoy mouthwatering barbecued delights, or head to The Trough and our newest addition, The Legbar for a bite to eat and a refreshing cocktail. Or, keep it simple with a wood-fired pizza from The Old Spot – find it just outside our farmshop.

For budding chefs of all levels, our cookery school will hold indoor demonstrations all day. Get hands-on with the help of our expert tutors and learn key cooking techniques to use at home. All ingredients used will be sourced from our 28 acre Market Garden and you’ll learn about the best of autumn’s produce – comforting varieties including wet walnuts, figs, leeks and turnips and an abundance of rich meats including partridge, venison and pheasant, all grown and reared from our organic farms in the Cotswolds and Staffordshire.

11am – Cheese & Chutney

12pm – Children’s Autumnal Biscuit Decorating

1pm – Game Preparation

2pm – Ferments To Eat & Drink

3pm – Baking with the Harvest

FUN FOR ALL AGES

The festival site will be packed with activities for all ages. Children can ride mini JCB tractors or partake in our scarecrow competition and Lots of Lovely Art will hold fun workshops for the kids to get involved in. There’ll also be apple bobbing, onion stringing, pumpkin weighing and a scarecrow competition.

In true Daylesford festival style, there will be plenty of live music and a fully stocked bar to get grown-ups into the festival spirit, too. Head to our Market Garden bar, Bottoms Up bar or Legbar for a refreshing drink. For budding cooks, The Daylesford Demos will make a return as will the North Cotswolds Beekeepers for anyone interested in our precious pollinators.

FLORISTRY & CRAFTS

For the budding florists, our skilled floristry tutors will be running a series of demonstrations throughout the day, covering everything from flower crowns to hand-tied harvest wreaths, flower pressing and tours of our organic Cutting Garden.

We’ll also have a host of creative activities so you can learn a new skill – watch this space for updates.

 

DELICIOUS REVOLUTION, SUSTAINABLE SOLUTION TENT

Our in-house sustainability expert Tim Field will lead talks with experts and friends of Daylesford, discussing the sustainability issues of today and explore the actions needed to secure our future, dedicated to a Delicious Revolution, Sustainable Solution.

Our chosen charity The Felix Project, a pioneering initiative which strives to save food and change lives in London, will be on-site throughout the day. Look out for more details on this soon.

BAMFORD & HAYBARN SPA

Our Bamford Barn will be host to a range of sustainability-focused activities, including painting your own Bamford candle, ideas for reusing candle pots in your home and reducing wastage. We’ll also hold workshops on how to help your clothes last longer, with a panel discussion on the importance of clothing quality and sustainable fashion with Nina Marendiz – Founder and Director of Sustainable Angle and Karen and Julia from the Bamford Sustainable Fashion Team.

Over at the Bamford Wellbeing Tent, there will be a host of workshops and wellness activities including a gong bath with Leo Cosendai and an introduction to hormonal health with Alice Mackintosh. Following the success of our June Daylesford Discusses panel on food and beauty, we’ll be holding another discussion with well known panellists, delving into how a nutritious, healthy diet can improve our skin and overall wellbeing.

the dairy 

Meet the rare and heritage breeds of cattle that we pride ourselves on. Our Senior Farms Manager Richard Smith will be holding talks in the Dairy Barn throughout the day so that guests can gain an insight into our best in class organic dairy practice at the farm.

 

NEW FOR 2019

GEORGE BAMFORD CHALLENGE

Join us as we announce the winner of the George Bamford Challenge. Our resident chefs and butchers have been working hard to identify a previously unclaimed cut of meat that will be unique to Daylesford, giving the much loved classics a run for their money – think Porterhouse steak or New York strip. George Bamford will be announcing the winner, with the cut revealed and named on the day.

GARY COOK TREE.LIFE EXHIBITION

We have commissioned the renowned wildlife artist Gary Cook to paint some of our most loved trees on the Daylesford Estate which will be on show at the Harvest Festival. At the entrance to the farm you may notice some oak trees, and there are five in particular that are over 700 years old. We’d like to commemorate these ancient oaks, celebrating the nature that surrounds us on the farm. The exhibition will run for two weeks after our Harvest Festival, so if you can’t make it on the day then make sure you visit in the two weeks afterwards.

COUNTRY BROCANTE

Browse one-of-a-kind antiques in the extensive Country Brocante area. Tickets can be purchased on the day or in advance by clicking here.