Harvest Festival 2018
22nd September 2018
We do hope you can join us for the Daylesford Harvest Festival, an event we host every September that holds a special place in our hearts.
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 colder winter weather sets in.
Scroll down for more details of what to expect this year, and browse some of our favourite snapshots from last year’s festival on our Facebook page.
Help us avoid waste by downloading the Daylesford Harvest Festival map here.
Date: Saturday 22nd September 2018
LOCATION: Daylesford near Kingham, Gloucestershire, GL56 0YG
ENTRY: Free entry and free parking, but please do register your attendance to help us keep track of numbers in advance.
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.
♥ Best Harvest Vegetable ♥ Best Chutney ♥ Best Strawberry Jam ♥ Largest Pumpkin ♥ Children’s Cake Decorating (for under 12s, theme is Harvest) ♥ most beautiful home-grown dahlia
If you would like to take part, please email your name and the category or categories you wish to enter to email@example.com by 5pm on Monday 17th September.
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?
FUN FOR ALL AGES
The festival site will be abuzz with activities for all ages, from traditional apple bobbing to using an old-fashioned press to make delicious apple juice and knotting onion strings.
Children will love riding mini JCB tractors while others can immerse themselves in a world of bushcraft at our WildWise workshops. The whole family will enjoy face painting, Lucas Jet circus entertainers and meeting our high-welfare organic animals.
Of course there will be plenty of live music and a fully stocked bar to get grown-ups into the festival spirit too!
For the budding florists, our skilled floristry tutors will be running a series of workshops throughout the day, covering everything from flower crowns to hand-tied harvest wreaths, flower pressing, jam jar pumpkins and tours of our organic Cutting Garden too.
FOOD TO CELEBRATE THE SEASON
Being Daylesford, a love for food will of course inspire much of the festival.
Enjoy freshly cooked food from our fire pits, go on a taste journey of sensational ingredients from our organic Market Garden, and stop by the Cookery School for demonstrations on everything from curing & pickling to knife skills.
Don’t forget to bring your own reusable cups and containers to get 50p off!
The Cookery School will also be hosting an outdoor demonstration tent with special guests and fun challenges, while our resident nutritionist Rhaya Jordan will be showing you how to ferment for Harvest in the Market Garden.
10:30am -11:30am Master the barbecue with Weber
12pm – 1pm Pasta masterclass
1:30pm – 2:30pm Venison masterclass
3pm – 4pm Knife skills with Zwilling
Molly Mahon will be hosting block printing workshops and arts & craft pop-ups at the Harvest Festival, a great opportunity to try your hand at a new creative skill.
Dickon Morris will be doing spoon carving demonstrations in the Chelsea Garden Room in the morning.
Kate Holland will be demonstrating artisan book binding in the Workshop room from 10:30am, followed by a monogramming demonstration in the Chelsea Garden Room in the afternoon.