Daylesford Harvest Festival 2021: Cotswolds
18th September 2021
We are over the moon to be able to invite you to our Harvest Festival at Daylesford farm in the Cotswolds on 18th September 2021.
Download our Festival map HERE.
As our first large event at Daylesford for nearly two years, we are planning a very special day indeed.
Bring the whole family, gather friends or come on your own to get involved with fun seasonal activities, go behind the scenes of a sustainable organic farm, taste our award-winning organic produce and meet some very special guests – scroll down for more details on what to expect. Check our FAQ page for details on visiting our farm.
We cannot wait to welcome you for a memorable Harvest Festival experience at Daylesford.
DATE: Saturday 18th September 2021
LOCATION: Daylesford Farmshop, near Kingham, Gloucestershire, GL56 0YG
PRICE: Free entry and free parking, but please do register your attendance to help us keep track of numbers in advance
FOOD & DRINK IN ABUNDANCE
Traditionally autumn is a time to celebrate and share nature’s feast and Daylesford Harvest Festival has plenty of opportunities for guests to sample our most popular food and drink made by the artisans on our farm. It’s also a chance to discover some exciting new launches.
The Market Garden will be transformed with Airstreams, fully stocked bars and long banquet tables for feasting and our Asado-style fire pits (a true festival favourite) will be lit the night before so you can enjoy mouth-watering, flame-cooked food, with all dietary preferences catered for.
The Trough and Legbar areas will fire up traditional barbecues while chefs at The Old Spot will be making fresh pizzas to take away.
Cooking demonstrations will be held throughout the day in our Cookery School and Market Garden, with special guest chefs and our own Cookery School tutors.
FUN FOR ALL AGES
The festival site will be abuzz with live music and activities for all ages.
Children can pick up a scavenger pack to help explore the farm festival site, enter our photo competition, try floral crown making and arts & crafts stations.
In the Market Garden there will be traditional onion stringing, pumpkin weighing and a scarecrow competition while children’s yoga and other activities will be held at the Bamford Wellness Spa.
By popular demand we are hosting two dog shows, one at 11am and the other at 2pm, both to be presented by the delightful Christopher Biggins. Categories include:
- Dog most like its owner
- Best dressed dog
- Scruffiest dog
- Dog with the waggiest tail
To enter, please just come along with your waggy friend on the day and make your way to the Dog Show arena, 30 minutes before kick off
HARVEST FESTIVAL COMPETITION TENT
Judged by Daylesford founder Carole Bamford and special guest Tom Aikens; hosted by Kingham School. Categories include:
- Best harvest wheatsheaf
- Best shoebox habitat for wildlife
- Best honey cake
- Best harvest chutney
- Best wildlife photograph
- Best homegrown vegetable
£2 donation per entry, which will go to Kingham School, helping to raise funds for ongoing projects.
To enter please send your name, contact details and the category you wish to enter to Millie Coutts-Clapham on email@example.com and your donation on the day. Judging will take place at 2pm.
Look out for racehorse trainer, newspaper columnist and former jockey Charlie Brooks with Beanstalk the miniature Shetland pony. Pick up some recipes and cooking tips with demonstrations from some well-known guest chefs in our Market Garden.
Learn and be inspired in the Sustainability Tent, which will host Daylesford Discusses panels with special guest speakers debating and deliberating over key issues. You’ll also find interactive demonstrations with the head of our Fermentary and resident nutritionist explaining how to transform food scraps into delicious, gut-friendly foods to help you reduce your food waste.
Sustainability Tent schedule:
10am book signing with Vicki Hird, author of Rebugging the Planet
11:30am “The Future of Nature-Friendly Farming” expert discussion panel
1:30pm Fermenting demonstration: flavour, gut health and zero waste
2:30pm “The Future of Food” expert discussion panel
4pm book reading with Molly Oldfield, author of Everything Under The Sun
Reconnect with nature and learn how to listen to the land with guided walks throughout the farm.
MEET OUR ANIMALS & PRODUCERS
Be sure to visit our Daylesford Producers Market to meet the teams from our Bakery, Patisserie, Creamery, Fermentary and Kitchens who make the award-winning organic food and drink in our farmshops.
Head to our Dairy Barn to see a showcase of our rare and heritage animal breeds and to meet our Senior Farms Manager Richard Smith, who will explaining how and why we farm organically and answering your questions. Richard is also arranging sheep shearing demonstrations and anyone interested in henkeeping can find some of our flocks in the Market Garden.
Sheep shearing demonstrations will be at 1pm, 2.30pm & 4pm.
- artisan crafts hosted in the Dovecote
- floristry and garden tips and demonstrations in our new Garden space
- outdoor games & rides
- Daylesford Organic Garden propagation greenhouse
- showcase of Bamford clothing craft and makers
- chill out zone in our Orchard
- JCB machines display
- new seasonal pieces for your home and garden in our farmshop
COUNTRY BROCONTE HARVEST FAIR
The Country Brocante Harvest Fair will be returning to Daylesford on Saturday 18th September to join in with our Harvest Festival celebrations.
The Country Brocante Harvest Fair offers a truly independent shopping experience in a quintessentially English country garden atmosphere. Visitors can browse the stalls in the marquee, stroll through the garden rooms and pause for refreshments in the tea rooms. There will be an abundance of vintage homeware, plants and flowers, garden tools and accessories, and antique fabrics as well as a carefully curated selection of new designers and artisans offering handmade jewellery, homeware and accessories.