Organisers of the 2012 Southeast HARVEST believe this year’s program in the Main Event Marquee is the best yet.
Gates will open at 8.30am before the first speaker kicks off the program at 9am.
Kelly Inch, a long-time local grower, will share her knowledge and stories of growing and using herbs for taste and health. The audience will taste, touch and smell an array of usable herbs and walk away with new ideas for their own herb garden. Kelly will share recipes and tips on using herbs for health and well-being.
At 10am, event patron Jackie French will officially open the festival at the Cutting of the Vine ceremony, also attended by HARVEST special guests Julie Goodwin and Costa.
From 11am, Australia’s first MasterChef and successful cookbook author Julie Goodwin will give a cooking demonstration of one of her own recipes using local produce and speak about her own passion for this region and its vibrant food culture.
Always an erudite and entertaining speaker, Jackie French will take the stage at 12pm to share her thoughts on the importance of supporting the local food industry, growing your own food and “living with purpose”.
Following Jackie in the Main Event Marquee, President of Sustainable Agriculture and Gardening Eurobodalla (SAGE) Stuart Whitelaw will speak about the SAGE Project community initiative, its progress since its inception in 2008 and its vital role in fostering local agriculture and home gardening.
To round off a day of stimulating sessions, at 1.15pm Australia’s favourite gardener Costa will share his green wisdom while assisting Moruya TAFE Hospitality teacher Nick Jameson to cook a hearty meal, all with local produce. Be prepared to get caught up in Costa’s passion for gardening and championing local produce.
The HARVEST is held every 16 months to enable growers and guest demonstrators to showcase produce from each season. This year’s festival on Saturday 17 March will be a celebration of Autumn, the season that many believe is the best time of year for this region.
A huge array of interactive stalls are planned, featuring local produce and locally made delicacies, as well as displays promoting more sustainable living and activities for children of all ages.
Entry to the HARVEST is only $5 (16 years and over) or $10 for a family ticket (2 adults and up to 2 children 16 or over). Children under 16 are free. Tickets include access to the full program of events in the main marquee. Gates open at 8.30am.
Visit the Southeast HARVEST website for more information.