Festival lives up to its name

PECAN and apple chutney, nectarines and home-made bagels - the Emmanuel Anglican College Harvest Festival lived up to its name on the weekend with an abundance of local produce for sale.

"This is a rural area that grows a lot of produce," parent volunteer, Tom Cohen said.

"People are often surprised at the range and quality we have for sale," he said.

The annual harvest festival is a major fundraiser for the school and is based on a traditional English harvest festival concept, Mr Cohen said.

Mr Cohen and his wife Yvonne Simpson, who own a small pecan farm at Fernleigh, said trade at the produce stall at the festival was brisk on Saturday morning, with most produce selling out by midday.

"People love buying the produce because they know it's fresh and grown locally," he said.

As well as fresh herbs, flowers, plants and seasonal fruit and nuts, the produce stall had a wide range of traditional and unusual preserves and jams such as lemon butter, salted lemons, spiced oranges and chutneys.

The festival also had a trash-and-treasure stall, craft activities such as Christmas paper-making and children were treated to a wide range of rides and games and rock-climbing along with traditional festival-fare of face painting and fairy floss.

There was also a silent auction of accommodation and local tourist attractions.



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