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Cornucopia: Canberra Harvest Festival

Mia Swainson

The Harvest Festival is a time for sustainably minded Canberrans to gather together, skill share and celebrate our region’s wonderful produce.

There will be stalls featuring local produce, free workshops on food production, an organic BBQ and live music. Stalls like Mamma Rita’s garden, Choku Bai Jo and BurraBee Farm will be overflowing with seasonal produce while local artisanal produce like bread from Adam’s Patisserie, wine from the Mt Majura Vineyard and ice cream from Chameleon Ice Creamery will showcase our region’s bounty.

“[It’s] just a beautiful, relaxed vibe, full of community, good food and music,” says Steve Skitmore of the Canberra Environment Centre. Steve says that his favourite part of the festival is “how it’s set amidst a beautiful big community garden near the lakeside and under the gum trees.”

The free workshops include making cheese and kombucha. There’s also workshops on recognising and using weeds, composting, bike maintenance and beekeeping. Check out the workshop timetable online and just turn up – no bookings necessary.

Some of Canberra’s best folk and blues musicians will play at the festival, including Doctor Stovepipe, Bluesfest legend Moondog J, The Lowlands and environmental choir Ecopella.

There’s also plenty for kids, including face painting and a children’s veggie growing contest and if you want a late lunch or early dinner at the festival, there’ll be an organic BBQ – yum!

the essentials

What: The Canberra Harvest Festival
When: Saturday 19 March from 2pm – 6pm
Where: Canberra Environment Centre, corner of Lennox Crossing and Lawson Crescent, Acton (Near the National Museum)
How much: free
More information: See the website

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Mia Swainson

Mia Swainson is passionate about creating a more sustainable world and believes that everyone can make a difference. Trained as an environmental engineer, Mia has worked in sustainable development with the Australian Government and community sector for more than 15 years. Mia’s work has taken her around the world to Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and back to Canberra. She currently tends her kitchen garden and cares for three young boys. More about the Author

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