Photograph by David Bailey
The tastes and aromas of Harvey will be brought to life at this year’s LiveLighter Harvey Harvest Festival.
Harvey chef Greg Aiberti will take to the stage, transforming local produce in paddock-to-plate style cooking demonstrations in the new Tastes Like Harvey food and wine precinct.
Iconic local brands, Harvey Cheese, Harvey Fresh and Harvey Beef will be on show, alongside produce from the award-winning Pete’s Chop Shop and some of the Geographe region’s leading wineries.
Festival Coordinator Monique Warnock said Tastes Like Harvey would be a true celebration of the local harvest and provide a feast for the senses for visitors.
“People want to know where their food has come from and how to cook fresh, healthy meals and our famous Harvey food brands have all the ingredients for a perfect showcase of premium local produce,” Ms Warnock said.
“With fresh produce coming straight from the paddocks surrounding the festival grounds, this really is classic paddock to plate cooking.”
The festival will also feature top South West band Little Miss and duo Nerida Mangano and Tony Bandera performing traditional Italian favourites.
Back by popular demand is Ivan Soloman and his spectacle of roving dogs herding sheep through the crowd and the WA Police Pipe Band.
Festival-goers can also enjoy acrobats, street theatre, colourful market stalls and get a real taste of Italy at the Live Lighter Italian Piazza, featuring traditional entertainment and fresh produce markets.
Old and young alike can stomp it out for some great prizes in the Live Lighter WA Grape Stomping Championships.
Keep the kids occupied with fairy workshops, face painting, the farm yard petting zoo and all the fun of the fair with rides, amusements and showbags.
Healthway has once again come on board as a partnership sponsor, but this year with its “LiveLighter” program, which aims to encourage West Australians to lead healthier lifestyles and make changes to what they eat and drink and be more active.
Ms Warnock said this year’s event was building on the success of previous years and keeping up with people’s demands for wanting to see top chefs in action cooking fresh, locally sourced produce.
“This great new attraction reflects our partnership with Healthway’s LiveLighter program and how by making healthier choices, having easy access to healthy food and eating fresh produce people can live a healthier lifestyle.”
The Festival is free and will be held from 9am to 4pm on Sunday March 16.