This year it will be on 5th and 6th May, 2018 and it will be the 21st annual Bickley Harvest Festival. This area has been described as a "hidden secret", offering a mixture of boutique wineries, a cider house, gourmet foods, stunning flowers and the freshest fruit and vegetables direct from the growers.
The Bickley Valley thrives in the cooler autumn sun presenting visitors with a myriad of colours throughout the vineyards, orchards, the many trees and glorious gardens. Visitors can partake in a variety of activities such as enjoying the local artistic talent or indulging in tastings from boutique owner-operated wineries with hand crafted wines.
Situated approximately 35 minutes drive east of Perth and nestled in the Darling Ranges, the beautiful Bickley Valley forms part of the Perth Hills best-kept secret!
Beautiful forests, delightful wildflowers, tranquil bush-walking trails, bird and animal life, creeks and waterfalls, are just some of the scenic attractions. Roadside fruit stalls, such as asparagus straight from the farm, open gardens and fresh flowers, are a few of the things you will see here.
All of this makes this region so special, and it will be celebrated at the annual Bickley Harvest Festival, so mark the date in your diary!
Why not make a weekend of the festival and book into one of the charming bed and breakfast places in the area, so that you can stay in the Valley and enjoy all it has to offer!
There is something special about the Bickley and Carmel Valley area and here there are some of the youngest vintners in Western Australia.
This year, Explore Tours Perth will be operating two courtesy buses around the Valley on the weekend of the festival. The shuttle bus will be going to the participating venues on both days of the festival and there will be two 20 seater buses going between these venues.
FAIRBROSSEN CAFE AND WINERY
Fairbrossen is said to be full to bursting, naturally, and they are at 51 Carmel Road, Carmel. Phone: 9293 5594
GROWER DIRECT - QUALITY CITRUS
They have delicious in-season fruit and vegetables, natural honey, free range eggs, olive oil, pasta, and sauces and are situated at 170 Welshpool Rd East, Lesmurdie. Phone: 9291 7553
PLUME ESTATE VINEYARD
Here you will get wine, food, music and the best views in the Bickley Valley, and they are at 91 Glenisla Road, Bickley. Phone: 9293 5808
LAWNBROOK ESTATE AND THE PACKING SHED@LAWNBROOK
You can have tastings and sales from 10 am and they are at 19 Loaring Road, Bickley. Phone 0490 678 998
This is an Italian food and wine experience situated at 211 Merrivale Road, Pickering Brook. Phone: 0411 271 714
Here you can enjoy beer on tap in a beautiful relaxed setting which is at 40 Masonmill Road, Carmel. Phone: 9293 7888
There are two vineyards and a 40-tonne winery in the picturesque Bickley and Carmel Valleys which is situated at Union Road, Carmel. Phone: 9293 5567
TONON VINEYARD AND WINERY
Here you can sample a range of sparkling and table wines, and they are at 44 Carmel Road, Carmel. Phone 0417 928 613
There will also be an app which offers venue information, and an interactive map to help you navigate these spectacular venues this year.
And best of all, it's FREE and available for download on your iPhone or Android - click here for Apple products, and here for Android.
If you want to have lunch at any of these cafes, be sure to phone and book your table first.
The event mascot, the Scarecrow, will again be at this year's event. Myattsfield Vineyards will be running the very popular "create your own" scarecrow competition which encourages local community participation.