I can’t believe it’s time for harvest festival already, what with the Indian summer we’ve been having it slipped my mind. There’s something very special that Daylesford celebrate at the end of each summer, to celebrate and give thanks for what our gardens and pastures have produced during the warmer days. The Daylesford Harvest Festival is something not to be missed.


Falling on Saturday 24th September this year, the festival starts at 10am and finishes at 4pm. You can register for your free tickets at Daylesford, where you will also find more information on the timetable for the day. I’ll be watching the Honey Show, getting involved with the apple pressing which my children love, and watching cookery demonstrations in the yurt. Daylesford’s environmental scientist Tim Field will be cray fishing and feasting by the river, and the amazing Rhaya Jordan will be talking about preserving and fermenting. Tastings will take place in the market garden as usual, with a delicious Prosecco bar and organic produce on the BBQ.


Extras for the children include fun and games from The Bush Craft company, apple bobbing, pony rides, scarecrow making and lots of fun and games. Farm manager Richard Smith will be on hand as usual for his epic farm tours. There are sheep dog demonstrations from 11.30am, willow weaving classes at the Haybarn Spa, and last but not least, the country brocante which is a fair dedicated to country life with stands and stalls popping up in the dairy paddock.