Eat an apple, run a race, bake a pie, loads of country fun
A community festival that centres around the many delicious varieties of apple grown in the orchards of Harcourt and district.
Harcourt is a small farming community located approximately 90 minutes from Melbourne, on the way to Bendigo, just off the Calder Freeway. It is about 30 minutes from Bendigo and 15 minutes from Castlemaine.
Some of the things to see and do at this year's Harcourt Applefest include an art show, bus tours to local scenic sites, a street parade, and street market. A celebrity chef will be demonstrating simply apple recipes and there will be a good old-fashioned apple-pie baking competition.
A range of local entertainment including music and belly dancing will feature at the festival. You will also be treated to the musical talent of The Ghouls Gambit, who will be playing mid-afternoon on the Saturday. This group of local young musicians is not to be missed if you are heading to the Applefest.
Of course, the Tri-apple-thon will keep everyone amused and entertained. The race includes running, cycling, and a brisk walk. It also involves a five-kilogram bag of apples, a picking bag, and an apple pie.
Make sure you go into the Fruit Growers' Tent where you will be able to talk to local orchardists who are keen to share their knowledge. Tastings and displays of over twenty apple varieties grown in the region will be available as well as a newly launched apple recipe book for sale.
Remember to sample and buy some of the wonderful Harcourt apple ciders produced by growers in the area. There will also be a great range of local food and wine available for sale, even though the festival is really about apples.