The work of a farmer is done year ‘round but the bounty is most plentiful during the late summer and early fall. This is the time to reap the rewards of the fields and gather the produce that will be stored and preserved to feed families through the dark days of the winter. Farmers’ markets provide a festive atmosphere where community members come together to shop and connect with one another. Harvest Festival provides this and more with a full day of activities and entertainment in the heart of downtown Nanaimo.
Now in its third year, Harvest Festival takes over Wesley Street in the Old City Quarter on Saturday, September 14th from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. A free event geared towards the whole family, Harvest Festival aims to bring the public together with farmers and others who have a stake in local agriculture, giving them an opportunity to support and learn from one another.
The collection of vendors and exhibits lining Wesley Street is a highlight of Harvest Festival. Local farmers will bring freshly harvested produce, honey, meat, and more for sale. Vendors of products that include locally grown items will also be on hand with jams, pickles, breads, soap, and craft goods.
A diverse group of exhibitors will present information about everything from community gardens and composting to water and power conservation. The City of Nanaimo will be on hand to present information about its emerging regional food strategy. VIU’s Campus Food Movement is also among the exhibitors. The Fresh Food Fair will feature local chefs and food trucks with a selection of regionally sourced items.