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11 reasons to spend your weekend at the Bungendore Harvest Festival

HerCanberra Team

Everybody loves the idea of eating and buying locally sourced produce.

However, not everybody knows where to get it, or that it’s actually available right on Canberra’s doorstep…

Introducing the Bungendore Harvest Festival, a weekend-long celebration of food, farming and fibre. Running from April 28 – 30, the Harvest Festival will be a lesson on all things fresh produce: how to grow it, where to grow it, how to prepare it and, of course, how to eat it.

The event puts a focus on the families behind the farms in the Southern Harvest region, showcasing the integrity and freshness in the growing, breeding and production processes found in Bungendore.

Kicking off Friday, the festival is ready to fulfil all of your wildest foodie dreams and has something on offer for city slickers and country kickers alike.

Here are 11 reasons to make the trip out east.

SHARED BUTCHERS BOARD AT THE GEORGE BAR + DINING

Spend your Friday night gorging on the best meats the Southern Harvest Region has to offer, accompanied by a glass of Lerida Estate wine.

HARVEST FESTIVAL DINNER AT LE TRES BON

Experience a taste of France on Saturday night over a three-course meal at award-winning French restaurant, Le Tres Bon. Bon Appetit!

DACHSHUND FASHION PARADE AND STREET WALK

The catwalk becomes the dog walk with the Werriwa Wiener Dash Fashion Parade. Sausage dogs in harvest-themed outfits will take over the Carrington Inn from 11.30am on Saturday, followed by a street walk down Ellendon Street from 12.30pm.

HAPPY HEALTHY BACKYARD CHICKENS

Chickens at Caroola Farm

Chickens at Caroola Farm

Venture down to the Carrington Inn at 1pm on Saturday to hear Leisa from Growing Vegies with Chooks in the City share all the tips and tricks behind keeping healthy chickens in your own backyard.

FACE PAINTING AND BALLOON TWISTING

Add some colour to your day with Face Art by Deborah Lane. Face painting will be available all day on Saturday for kids and adults alike, and balloon twisting will be on offer in the morning.

DEVONSHIRE TEA IN THE GARDENS

Nothing beats a spot of Devonshire Tea with homemade scones and jam, especially when it’s enjoyed in the beautiful gardens at the Old Stone Inn. Kick back and relax in the gardens from 11am – 5pm on Sunday.

HARVEST FESTIVAL MARKET STALLS

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Shop till you drop at the Ellendon Street market stall takeover. From 10am Saturday, the street will be buzzing with more than 30 food and wine stalls. Bywong Garlic, Contentious Character, Dot’s Homemade James, Dewsbury’s Free Range Pork, Landtasia Organic Farms and Millpost Merino are just a few of the local businesses that will be selling their freshest produce all day long.

BUNGENDORE CELLARS

Taste and shop an extensive range of local wines at the Bungendore Cellars, located on Gibraltar Street, just around the corner from the Harvest Festival Market Stalls.

BEEKEEPING BASICS

Learn all there is to know about beekeeping and honey harvesting at home at a Q&A with Scott from Bees R Us at 10.30am and 2.30pm on Saturday.

WINE TASTING AT THE OLD STONE HOUSE

Wine enthusiasts, this is for you. What better way to spend your Sunday afternoon than sampling wine and meeting the winemakers from three local wineries in the Southern Harvest Region: Summerhill Road Vineyard, Sapling Yard Wines and Contentious Character Wines.

GROWING GARLIC

Garlic

Wynlen House Slow Food Farm will be sharing their methods for growing organic garlic at home during a free talk at The Carrington Inn from 2pm on Saturday. Afterwards, venture down to Bywong Garlic’s market stall on Ellendon Street for a garlic tasting demonstration. Don’t forget to pack breath mints!

the essentials

What: Bungendore Harvest Festival
When: April 28 – 30
Where: Bungendore and surrounding regions
Find out more information here: southernharvest.org.au/harvest-festival

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