What won the 2017 Somerset "Event of the Year"? It was the Esk Garden and Lifestyle Fair and I agree that it was a great event. I'm excited about this year's fair as it's back and it's bigger and better and more beautiful. All you green-thumbs should make a day trip to "Picture-Esk"; you won't be disappointed.
The fair is not just about the special stallholders and pretty products and the diverse range of plants for sale, although they will be back of course. There are also free lectures and demonstrations. There are three very talented speakers this year.
(image from organiser's fb page)
1. Annette McFarlane
As radio listeners in South East Queensland know, Annette presents every Saturday morning on Gardening Talkback on the ABC. She also writes a column for the Sunday Mail every weekend. She contributes regularly to a variety of horticultural publications including Gardening Australia's The Organic Gardener. She's the author of 5 books, her most recent being Organic Vegetable Gardening. She is not to be missed.
(image by May Cross)
2. Alison Alexander Alison is a Queensland Food Fellow and Gourmet Blogger. She has the oh-so-desirable job of travelling Queensland to inspire others with her knowledge, promoting local agriculture and food production. She will present a cooking demonstration on how to use some of the abundant fresh and healthy local produce. What a welcome addition to the line-up this year.
Brom Beauty (image by May Cross
3. Paul Hains Paul's well known as a grower and skilled breeder of new varieties of roses. His new book is called Growing Roses (of course). He's President of the Queensland Rose Society and Vice President of the World Federation of Rose Societies in Australasia. He is the owner of "Hains Roses", breeders of roses specifically produced for the humid subtropics of our Sunshine State. He will be sharing his wealth of knowledge with you.
Scarecrow Contest (image by May Cross)
Apart from the impressive speakers, here are my picks of the Fair:
The wacky Scarecrow Contest
The huge selection of garden art and sculptures
Heaps of good quality stallholders, especially the plant stalls
Delish food trucks and specialty coffees.
Visit Picture-Esk (image by May Cross)
The fair is on Saturday 16 June from 8.00 am to 3.00 pm at the Old Railway Station, Pipeliner Park, Esk-Hampton Road in Esk. The fair is exceptional value as entry is by gold coin donation. There is also free off-street parking. For more details, click here. See you there.
The Esk Garden Fair is a fantastic fair to attend. Heaps of atmosphere with the scarecrow competition and lots of different stalls to keep you looking. Well worth a day trip to ESK to see the fair and the local surrounds. One of the best fairs I have ever attended.