This week saw in the autumn equinox, marking the end of a long summer and an abundant growing season. Traditionally a time for giving and sharing, communities across the UK are coming together to reap what they’ve sown and enjoy the fruits of their labours – head to one of our top three harvest festivals to join in the celebrations.
Harvest Food and Drink Festival
Eden Project, Cornwall, runs until 5 October
Go along to Britain’s biggest greenhouse and enjoy a host of harvest activities including home brewing, apple pressing and corn dolly making. Every day at 1pm, the Cornish custom of ‘crying the neck’ will be performed, traditionally done to celebrate the cutting of the corn – don’t miss it!
Harvest Festival and Harvest Home
Beamish Museum, Durham, 4-5 October
A real ‘hands on’ event put on by this fantastic living museum as part of the Festival of Agriculture, a whole season celebrating the agricultural and rural heritage of North East England. There’ll be lots of culinary activity on their 1940’s farm as they get ready for the harvest supper displays and a short service is set to take place with traditional harvest hymns on the agenda.
RHS London Harvest Festival Show
Lindley Hall, London, 7 October
Get ideas for making the best of autumn produce, as well as great advice for late summer gardening and growing fruit and vegetables. Plus, enjoy apple tasting, foraging and talks from a range of exciting food and drink exhibitors.
To celebrate the great British tradition of preserving, lifestyle brand White Stuff is launching a ‘Top of the Pots’ campaign to find the most coveted jars of jam and chutney across the UK in order to raise £30,000 for the White Stuff Foundation. What are you waiting for? Dig out your favourite recipes and get involved – the winners will be featured in an exclusive recipe book sold for charity in the run up to Christmas. For all the details, click here.
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