Douglas has been a professional food writer since 1986. He is also an award-winning actor and director in Community Theatre and has been for many years. His blog may be found at: www.urbaneguerilla.wordpress.com
All of what makes this region so special
The cool mornings of Autumn are upon us, signifying the return once again of the Bickley Harvest Festival. The Bickley and Carmel Valleys will come alive over the weekend of the 3rd and 4th May 2014, as the festival venues open their doors.
Due Jolly Winery (Photo by Due Jolley Winery)
A "hidden secret" is how the valley has been described, offering a mixture of boutique wineries, a cider house, local clubs, gourmet foods, stunning flowers and the freshest fruit and vegetables direct from the growers. Where else can you find all this in Perth?
Spend some time looking at all the local art and craft whilst sampling all the valley has to offer then sit for a while as the valley comes alive with local musicians.
Ragan Wood at Core Cider House (Photo by Iain Gillespie)
New to the Festival this year is the introduction of the Gem Camera Club who have been travelling round the venues taking amazing sunrise and sunset pictures – all will be on display at Core Cider House. See the harvest in pictures but sample the produce in real time!