Expressions of interest for the 2020 Harvest Festival sought

This year’s Harvest Festival attracted more than 30,000 peopleThis year’s Harvest Festival attracted more than 30,000 people. Image: CC Council

Expressions of interest are already open for the 2020 Harvest Festival, to take place over the June long weekend.

Central Coast Council is looking for new hub partners for the festival. Council Unit Manager, Community Partnerships, Glenn Cannard, said the continued growth and success of the event was largely thanks to the new ideas and contributions of local businesses, companies, organisations and community groups.

Attendance numbers for the 2019 Harvest Festival were up by 100 percent, which reaffirms that this event really resonates with both locals and visitors, Cannard said. In 2019 it attracted 32,000 locals and visitors and injected more than $8M into the local economy.

The event is a celebration of farm, friends, food and fun in our picturesque hinterland region and its made possible through the contribution of a range of unique event hub partners. On Saturday and Sunday of the June long weekend, we seek to offer event attendees a range of experiences, activities and fantastic local produce and food across our event trail, which spans Dooralong, Jilliby, Yarramalong, Kulnura, Mangrove Mountain, Peats Ridge, Somersby and Calga.

Were always seeking new ideas and contributions to make Harvest Festival even better and wed love to hear how youd like to be involved. Mayor, Jane Smith, said the festival gave locals and tourists an insiders experience of the regions fertile hinterland. It is a great opportunity to showcase our great local produce to the world and I encourage our local producers to get involved, Clr Smith said.

Council is seeking a range of Expression of Interest ideas including but not limited to: open farm gate sales; ticketed farm tours/talks; pick your own produce; tours and talks, indigenous cultural experiences/bush tucker tours, cinema under the stars, art events/installations; live music events; family fun events; cooking demonstrations; food experiences with local produce; and obstacle course races/fun runs. Interested businesses, companies, organisations or community groups should complete an Expression of Interest by 5pm on Monday, September 23. (External link provided here)

Source: Media release, Sep 2 Central Coast Council