Plans for the Southeast Harvest festival 2014 are well underway. A SAGE organising committee has been busy planning a series of events for 7th, 8th and 9th November, with the main festival at Riverside Park Moruya on Saturday the 8th. Guests this year again include Costa Georgardis, with Jackie French and science communicator & author Dr Julian Cribb adding to the celebrity cooking and gardening line-up.
The Southeast Harvest aims to connect the local community to local growers, and to educate the public about what they grow and how they grow it. The festival also promotes the importance of the local food industry to economy, society, environment and health, and places the Eurobodalla on the global sustainable food map.
Seasonal harvest festivals have a strong historical context and were once primary community celebrations that bought people together through the seasons. They are enjoying a resurgence globally. This year, we celebrate Spring – a time of renewal and energy. Spring festivals are fun, a time for games, dancing and connecting after the quite of the winter months.
Last year’s Winter celebration attracted 3,000 people to Riverside Park and 150 people to the Riverfeast on the Saturday night. This year the committee is expecting a bigger crowd as awareness about the importance of local food is growing. The festival will also build on the success of SAGE’s Farmers Market at Moruya, which was recently voted Australia’s Most Outstanding Farmers Market for 2014 by ABC delicious. Magazine.
SAGE spokesperson Kate Raymond says “People can learn how to grow better food, prepare food, or source locally grown food. The festival is a great way for the community to come together and celebrate our local seasonal harvest.”
ABC’s Ian Campbell will host a Friday night panel discussion to “Chew the Fat” about sustainable food production. On the Saturday, Costa will host a free community celebration with marquee talks, a variety of stalls, a food court, demonstrations, children’s games, music and dancing at Riverside Park Moruya. The Riverfeast will be in the marquee on the Saturday night, with a fun “stoneage” theme, and on Sunday, there will be an open day at the SAGE site on Queen Street. It’s a full festival program with something for everyone.
Tickets for the Riverfeast will go on sale Tuesday 30th September at the SAGE Farmers Market. Admission to the Southeast Harvest festival on Saturday is free for everyone.