Celebrate the bounty of the earth at the Autumn harvest festival in Daylesford
Lavandula’s harvest season is not only a time for bringing in the quinces, olives and apples, but also a time for preparation and production. It’s a busy time for making jams and sauces, for pickling and bottling, and for preserving meats for the long winter ahead. It’s a time for celebrating the bounty of the autumn harvest with good food, wine and music.
On Sunday, 21 May, Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm will be celebrating the season with an Autumn Harvest festival. Artisans will demonstrate how to turn ripe fruit into jams and chutneys, how lavender flowers are distilled for their oil, and how the region’s abundant chestnuts are roasted to perfection. Join the olive workshop and visit the grove to see how olives are harvested and processed. It’s a time when the wood-fired oven produces mouth-watering fare.
Artisan stall-holders will display their skills and have their hand-crafted wares for sale. Meet the original descendants, Fay and Boyd Thompson, giving tours of the historic 1860’s farmhouse. Ticino travel slides will be shown all day in the old cellar.
It’s a great day for the whole family to celebrate rural skills, open spaces and the bounty of the earth.
Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm is at 350 Hepburn-Newstead Road, Shepherds Flat, Victoria, 3461
Trash to treasure and more
· The Daylesford Sunday Market is held at the Daylesford Railway Station every Sunday from eight o’clock in the morning till mid afternoon. This is a huge ‘Trash to Treasure’ Market and it has been going for many years.
· The Daylesford Farmers Market—The Daylesford Primary School in Vincent Street hosts a Farmers Market on the first Saturday of each month in the morning from 9 o’clock till one o’clock. Purchase many types of fresh produce direct from the local producers in the Daylesford area
· Maze House—www.mazehouse.com.au will be open all holidays and is great for families.