Down to earth festival a huge success

Down to earth festival a huge success

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Anna and Zoe Wojtowicz enjoyed the entertainment on offer at this year's Food and Farm Fest. Photograph - Richard Polden.

A pumpkin rolling competition had people of all ages grinning from ear to ear at this year’s Food and Farm Fest. 

Hosted by the Serpentine Jarrahdale Food and Farm Alliance the festival at Whitby Farm attracted record crowds with more than 4000 attendees lapping up the entertainment on offer. 

Alliance president Merri Harris said the group’s decision to hold the event on a Sunday instead of a Saturday really paid off. 

“This is the only event that we know of that engages children in constructive activities such as making worm farms, musical instruments, potato babies and problem solving,” she said. 

“There was no electrical screen or bouncy castle in sight.” 

The festival also featured a line-up of guest speakers from a wide array of industries, plus activities for all young and old, including an alpaca stud show and a poultry show, camel and pony rides, sheep shearing and a scarecrow competition. 

Ms Harris said the festival would not be possible without the contribution of more than 70 volunteers who assisted in the lead-up and the day itself. 

Photographs – Richard Polden.