The Southeast HARVEST Committee are excited to announce that the next event will be a celebration of Autumn produce, to be held on Friday 16 and Saturday 17 March 2012 at Riverside Park, Moruya.
Previously known as the Eurobodalla Slow Food Celebration, the event began as an initiative of the Moruya Chamber of Commerce in 2009. It will now be conducted under the auspices of Sustainable Agriculture and Gardening Eurobodalla (SAGE) and has grown to encompass the broader region of south eastern New South Wales.
Major event sponsors of the 2010 event, Eurobodalla Toyota have confirmed their support again in 2012. “We were very happy with our association with the previous Slow Food event and we’re excited to see it grow to accommodate the wider region,” said Dealer Principle Michael Trkulja. “Eurobodalla Toyota has been in Moruya for a long time now, so it’s important to us to give our support to community events like the Southeast HARVEST.”
The festival is located alongside fellow major event sponsors Moruya Country Markets, who have contributed a very generous grant, making the 2012 event the biggest and best yet. “Having the festival right next to our markets on the river creates a fantastic atmosphere,” said Markets President Harold Nash. “These days people are really interested in local food and the HARVEST festival is a great way to show them what’s grown around here.”
Famous author and local identity Jackie French has confirmed she will remain as patron of the newly revamped event and will be one of the guest speakers on an exciting program that is already taking shape.
The SAGE River Feast fundraiser will be the main event on Friday night, offering a menu that features locally grown produce. Proceeds go towards developing the innovative SAGE Project site on Queen Street in Moruya.
The event is held every 16 months to enable growers and guest demonstrators to showcase produce from each season. A huge array of interactive stalls are planned for the Saturday, featuring local produce and locally made delicacies, as well as displays promoting more sustainable living and activities for children of all ages.
At the heart of the festival, the main Southeast HARVEST marquee is where a packed program of talks and demonstrations will take place. Participation in any of the marquee activities is free for event ticket holders and these sessions always attract large crowds.
Limited event merchandise will be given away to earlybirds and a fantastic prize will be drawn every hour for a lucky ticket holder to win.