CERES is a community organisation that's passionate about connecting people to each other and the Earth. An award-winning not-for-profit environment and education centre and urban farm located by the Merri Creek in Brunswick East, they've transformed a municipal tip into a thriving community environment park that's unique and attracts 350,000 visitors each year.
The Harvest Festival on Saturday 23 March 2019 from 10am to 3pm at the Environment Park, corner Roberts and Stewart Streets, Brunswick East is a celebration and thanksgiving to the good earth, the farmers and the cycle of the seasons. Entry is $5 and kids go free. All proceeds help keep CERES amazing.
Djirri Djirri (means Willy Wagtail (the dancing bird) in Woiwurrung) Dance Group will be performing on the day. All songs are sung in Woiwurrung to dances created by the women. Ego Lemos, a Permaculturist, educator and singer/songwriter from East Timor will also perform in his native tongue, Tetum. Ego wrote the feature song for the film Balibo in 2009 which was awarded best original song composed for the screen at the 2009 Screen Music Awards and a 2009 APRA Award for best song in a film.
Celebrating with song and dance, and food across cultures, there'll also be free workshops on sustainable living, cultural performances, animal displays, and market and food stalls from local and organic makers and designers.
The Giant Veggie Competition returns to the festival and they're on the lookout for your gargantuan gourds, your proud pumpkins, and your curly cucurbitaceae. Enter online and make jaws drop! The three categories are for the longest bottle/snake gourd, the biggest pumpkin (circumference) and the most unusual shaped vegetable. A $5 fee is required on the day to enter the comp. Join in for gourd tastings, gourd music and workshops; plus there's some great prizes for the winners.
The Festival Market has got many beautiful wares made by creatives. You'll find a lot of handmade products like clothing, baskets, accessories, jewellery and more. The vintage lovers won't be disappointed as there are vintages clothing as well as pre-loved clothing, books and more.