Harvest Festival to be held over the June long weekend

Foodies, families and fun seekers will be flocking to the Central Coast hinterland over the June long weekend for the return of one of the Coast’s most popular annual events, Harvest Festival.

This year’s Harvest Festival, on June 12 and 13, offers a wide range of events and experiences across 30 locations showcasing the region’s local produce.

Events will be held at Dooralong, Yarramalong, Wyong Creek, Jilliby, Kulnura, Mangrove Mountain, Peats Ridge, Somersby and Calga.

Council Director, Community and Recreation Services, Julie Vaughan, said that the festival was a rare chance to take a glimpse behind the farm gate to explore eight rural farming communities and their picturesque heritage villages.

“Follow the Harvest Festival event trail to visit local farms, sample local produce, soak up live music and entertainment, or join in a range of family friendly activities designed to show off the unique charm of our region’s hinterland,” she said.

“From paddock to plate dining experiences, and wine tastings to produce picking, hands-on workshops, arts and craft fairs, and much more, the two day program truly offers something for every taste and interest.

“This year, a number of event hubs are offering the opportunity to pre-book experiences in advance, so be sure to check out the event program early to ensure you don’t miss out.”

“As a special treat for music lovers, this year’s event will include a special showcase of local musicians from the Wyong Creek, Yarramalong and Jilliby communities as part of Council’s Harvest Songs program.”

Administrator, Rik Hart, said Central Coast Council was proud to be delivering this much loved event again in 2021, which attracted visitors from across the Coast and beyond to the region’s hinterland communities.

“One of the Coast’s most popular events amongst locals and visitors alike, Harvest Festival builds local pride, celebrates sustainability and boosts the local economy.

“The 2019 event attracted more than 32,000 visitors, providing the Central Coast economy with an $8M boost and while the event format moved online last year due to COVID-19 restrictions, this year’s event is anticipated to deliver similar returns to our community.”

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