Harvest Festival 2017-03-23T17:07:12+00:00
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CERES Harvest Festival – Saturday 25th March 2017, 10am to 3pm.

Celebrating and giving thanks to the good earth, our farmers and the cycle of the seasons.

Entry is $5 and kids are free – all proceeds go towards keeping CERES awesome.

Any enquiries related to the Harvest Festival including musicians & performers contact harvest@ceres.org.au. Up-to-date info will be posted on our Facebook Harvest Event Page (you can view it even if you are not a Facebook subscriber).

Download the program (PDF)

Honey Lane Hives

We have been “busy bees” creating a new education area at CERES Farm. Honey Lane Hives is home to a display hive, teaching area for workshops and excursions, and the CERES Bee Group.

We will be cutting a red ribbon and officially opening the space.There will be honey tasting, bee talks and bee dances! Come along, it will BEE great.

  • Bee Group – hive products and bake sale
  • Handcrafted Beehives Australia – bee hives and supplies
  • Bee Sustainable – beekeeping supplies
  • Whirrakee Woodware – beekeeping supplies
  • The Practical Beekeeper – bee hive products and beekeeping information

Bake & Bottle Competition

Put your cooking skills to good use and take part in an annual community cake bake-off. Cakes, biscuits and slices are eligible so you are invited to get creative and bake to impress our judges, the ladies of the CWA!

If you have a pantry full of homemade preserves, bring along your favourite jar and enter the Preserving category. We are thrilled to have Caroline from Jam and Pickle as our guest judge.

Entry is $5. Bring your entry to the judging tent next to the CERES Market between 10am – 11am. Judging will take place from 11am with winners announced at 12pm. Categories:

  • Best Cake
  • Best Slice or Biscuit
  • Best Jam
  • Best Relish/Chutney
  • We cannot accept cakes with uncooked egg or cream.
  • Ensure your entry can survive hot or windy weather.
  • Entries are considered as a donation to CERES and cannot be returned to entrants.

Urban Farmer Book Launch

Written by Justin Calverley and CERES, The Urban Farmer will show you how to create a productive garden in any space. It’s going to be our new bible in 2017!

Justin has been teaching the Complete Urban Farmer course for over six years and inspiring a new generation of backyard farmers. Come along and hear Justin talk about his new book and grab yourself a signed copy on the day.

Giant Vegetable Comp

Oh my gourd! The CERES Giant Vegetable Growing Competition has three categories:

1. longest bottle/snake gourd

2. biggest pumpkin (circumference)

3. most unusual shaped vegetable.

A $5.00 fee is required on the day to enter the competition. Come join us for gourd tastings, gourd music and workshops. Plus for the winners, there will be some great prizes available.

Find out more and join the growers discussion here.

Let’s have a gourd time!
We are excited to announce, the very talented musician and gourd instrument maker Penelope Swales from the band ‘Totally Gourdgeous’, will be joining us at the CERES Giant Vegetable Competition. Between 10:30 and 12:00 on Saturday 25th March.
Penelope will be playing her gourd instruments and talking about how she takes the humble gourd from her garden and turns it into a multitude of different, unique and melodic professional musical instruments.

CERESly Amazing Race

CERES Education will be running their CERESly Amazing Race during the Harvest Festival. In groups, start off with a clue directing you to one of our stations around the CERES site, complete a fun activity before you are handed your next clue. Be the first team to reach the last station to win a prize! Registrations are open from 10am at the CERES Education stall in the Pavilion.

The big race will start at 1pm.

Wear comfy shoes and bring your competitive streak!

Harvest Photo Competition

On Saturday tag your photos with #CERESHarvest for your chance to win a $40 Organic Grocery voucher. We will choose the most interesting take on Harvest Festival and notify the winner via direct message on Instagram at 5pm on Saturday the 25th of March.

Performers & Musicians

Harvest Festival would not be complete without our usual array of carefully curated local talent. On the Village Green and Market stages we will welcome:

Village Green Stage

  • 10:00 – Songs from the Hat – An interactive group sing a long to begin the day.
  • 11:30 – Merin Den 
  • 12:15 – Tims Myth
  • 13:45 – A tribal Mantle
  • 13:00 – Pugwash – Pirate folk experiment fusing olde timey folky dirge and hillbilly holler/horror with fairytale storytelling
  • 13:45 – A tribal Mantle
  • 14:00 – Open Sesame – dance meditation
 Market Stage

Food Stalls

Giant Springs – Hand rolled spring rolls
Von’s Vegan Bake House – Vegan dessert, cakes and sweets
Go with the Flow Crepes – French Crepes
Palea Agora – Vegan cakes
Mr Jitters – Fair trade, organic coffee, chai, teas and hot choc
Tamil Feasts – Onion bhajis and chai
Merri Table – Organic food & coffee
Grocery BBQ – Hotdogs and Vegan BBQ

Festival Market

The following talented local people and businesses with unique and ethical products will be taking part in the market:

Eucalypto Hand woven macrame jewellery
Soul Strength Ferments Wild ferments- sauerkraut, kimchi, ginger beer
ReeBee Melbourne Women’s and children’s clothing
Hook & Purl Hand knitted beanies made from recycled and found natural yarns
The Wilderness Society Environmental protection and advocacy
relovit Upcyled bags and clothing made from discarded clothes and bedding
Vicki’ vintage Good quality preloved/ vintage/ repurposed clothes & accessories
Lovedabead Handmade jewellery
Moments to Make Organic Clothing & Accessories, Sewing Kits and Jewellery
Songbird Collection Fair trade, ethical & sustainable gifts hand-crafted by artisan groups
Merri Creek Soaps Vegan soap, biodegradable glitter
Rhizome Vintage Handmade homewares from vintage textiles
Real Animals Pets and People Vintage hand knitteds & fabric garments
Embodiments Oriental remedial aromatherapies & Zenthai Shiatsu on the mat
ToMi Art Fashion wares (indigo dyed scarfs, Japanese mizuhiki accessories)
A.A.Trees & Flowers Bunches Native Flowers
Bubbles For Poppet Childrens clothing and wooden toys
Stately & Plump Secondhand books
Nilima & Aditi Henna & other Indian stuff
Mama Africa Clothing, jewellery and crafts
Gathered Pieces Hand made – ethical- one of a kind – small run – zero waste – preloved – Fashion

2017 Stall fees: $ 150 takeaway food (invitation only) / $110 standard / $88 non profit. Discretionary discounts available.

Stallholder applications have now closed for the 2017 Harvest Festival. If you would like to take part next year please email us at harvest@ceres.org.au and we can add your details to our call out in early 2018.