After its successful debut in 2021, and a break in 2022 due to COVID-19, Harvest in the Swan Valley returns in 2023 with an extended season.
Proudly supported by the City of Swan, Harvest will run from Thursday 16 February to Sunday 5 March 2023 and offers an exclusive opportunity to go behind the scenes to experience the Valley like a local!
Over three jam-packed weeks, Harvest will see the Swan Valley's growers, makers and producers celebrate the season's delights with boutique tours and tastings, masterclasses, long lunches and dinners, gin events and more.
Come along with your family and friends and see how grapes are picked, get messy at a traditional wine stomp, try your hand at making nougat with native ingredients, or experience the sights and sounds of wineries in the midst of their new wine vintage.
More than 25 businesses in the Swan Valley will open their doors, stands, vineyards and fields for an exclusive range of activities. Tickets are now on sale at www.swanvalley.com.au/harvest
Harvest 2023 Highlights include:
Get your feet sticky at this free ticketed event, acting as a curtain-raiser to coming back to taste the fruits of your labour at Swan Valley Espana on March 5.
Tuck into marron fresh from Swan Valley Station's own lake as part of its inaugural marron catch. Enjoy this freshwater delicacy served with a combination of dipping sauces, and a side salad of fresh Swan Valley vegetables.
Spend a day in the life of a grape picker at a small organic winery, picking grapes in the cool of the morning. Learn tricks to help you pick efficiently and participate in the grape stomping. Once the work is over, relax over a light grazing board, paired with a glass of wine.
Chef Ryan Fels has sourced the best local fare for a long table lunch showcasing Swan Valley produce across seven grazing courses, including Swan Valley sweetcorn puree with Shark Bay prawns, culminating with a Whistler's dark chocolate and peanut butter tart.
Eat well and drink better at the ultimate gin-tastic Sunday sesh. From lunchtime to sundown, Old Young's Kitchen will transform into a gourmet festival with live bands and DJs, spirit tastings and cocktail masterclasses.
Have you ever wanted to extract your own honey, see inside a real hive or pour your very own jar of WA honey? Don a bee-suit and head into the hives where you will get to extract a frame, and cut and pack your own comb of honey before heading off to spin your own jar of honey!
Take a journey through an authentic Kansas City American barbecue experience of favourites such as beef brisket, pulled pork, chicken, and pork ribs, all smoked using fruit woods from retired trees in the Swan Valley. Sides will include cornbread using locally grown, seasonal corn, and honey butter made with Swan Valley honey.
Join this special Harvest experience and let Mr Shuttle introduce you to some favourite growers and local providores in the region, before whiling away the afternoon with a vineyard platter and optional tastings at Pandemonium Estate.
Munch your way through a selection of three wine-matched tapas tasters, followed by a glass of fortified wine and a WA 'high cheese' plate. Plus, join in the age-old harvest tradition of a grape stomp (March 4-5 weekend only).
Other venues joining the Harvest fun include Kato's 3000 Grapes and SubZero Gelato, who will have Harvest-branded ice cream and gelato flavours using fresh local fruit flavours; Baba and Dida's, who will offer Croatian sweets each Sunday during Harvest; and The Tandoori Bistro, who will have local mango kulfi and lassi on the menu.
PLUS if you snap a selfie or photo at the Harvest-themed location, then share it by tagging @theswanvalley #swanvalley on Instagram you will go into the draw for the chance to win a $500 Swan Valley Gift Card. Find out more here.
Located just 25 minutes from the centre of Perth, the Swan Valley is best known as Western Australia's oldest wine region but is also an abundant food bowl. Many of the businesses participating in Harvest can also be found on the Swan Valley Fresh Seasonal Produce Trail, an insider's guide to where to find fruit, vegetables, honey, bread and other bounty, all year round.
To plan your Harvest 2023 experience, please see https://www.swanvalley.com.au/Harvest
You can also follow @theswanvalley on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates.