Running for almost 25 years, the Autumn Harvest festival will celebrate the changing of seasons, local produce and the tireless work of the Europeans who settled in the Daylesford area in the 1800s. The festival will feature Rosa Voto and her Melbourne School of Tarantella and Salvatore Rossano of Melbourne-based band Santa Taranta, on accordion, who will warm up the crowds with his heart-stirring songs from the old country.
Supporting the entertainers will be a festival focused on the harvest of the land and those who work it. About a dozen local artisans will offer their produce including seasonal preserves, handicrafts and rural skills, to name a few.
From the farm we’ve harvested quinces, plums, grapes, apples and we’ll be demonstrating how these products are conserved and used. During autumn we are still working with our summer lavender crop. We will give visitors a chance to see how the plants are processed for their oils and floral water via distillation.
Supporting the whole festival are the expansive gardens and original stone buildings and visitors will have an opportunity to learn about the original Swiss-Italian family who owned the farm. And, of course, our wood-fired oven will be producing a range of mouth-watering treats. In fact, there will be a good focus on food, wine and, weather permitting, lavender ice cream!
Festival Gate Fee:
$6 per adult; $2 per school-age child.
Dogs welcome on leash.