Embrace cooler temperatures and golden leaves at the Daylesford Harvest Festival, a day to celebrate the seasonal produce of autumn. The annual event, which takes place at Daylesford’s Cotswolds Farm, is filled with seasonal activities surrounding the new harvest. There will of course be an abundance of delicious organic food and drink, including barbecued delights, wood-fired pizzas and refreshing cocktails. Budding chefs can head to The Cookery School, where indoor demonstrations will be held throughout the day. You’ll learn all about the best seasonal produce, including walnuts, figs, leeks and turnips, alongside rich meats such as partridge, venison and pheasant – with all ingredients sourced from Daylesford’s 28-acre Market Garden, naturally.
Think you could master courgette jenga? Put your skills to practice in the the Harvest Competition Tent, where Daylesford’s head gardener Jez will be running a series of fun challenges, from building apple towers to making monsters out of wonky vegetables. Alternatively, try your hand at floristry at one of the many floral workshops, which cover everything from harvest wreaths to flower crowns, as well as opportunities to tour the organic Cutting Garden.
Elsewhere, the ‘Delicious Revolution, Sustainable Solution’ tent will play host to talks led by Tim Field surrounding the sustainability issues of today. Sustainability-focused activities will also be taking place in the Bamford & Haybarn Spa, such as workshops on how to help your clothes last longer and a panel discussion on sustainable fashion with founder of Sustainable Angle Nina Marendiz.
There are plenty of child-friendly activities on offer too, including JCB tractor rides, scarecrow competitions, pumpkin weighing, apple bobbing and arts & crafts workshops.
Daylesford’s story began over 40 years ago when founder Carole Bamford decided to turn her family’s farmland into sustainable organic farming, first in Staffordshire and then in the Cotswolds. It is now known as one of the UK’s most sustainable farms, producing meat and poultry, fruit and vegetables and dairy products. They also have have a number of restaurants, shops and cafes across the country, plus a Cookery School at their idyllic Cotswolds farm.
Daylesford near Kingham, Gloucestershire GL56 0YG
21 September 2019, 10am – 5pm
Entrance is free, register your attendance here