MORE than 500 people are expected to attend next week’s Lavandula’s Autumn Harvest festival.
Organisers say the event has been held annually for more than 10 years.
Lavandula marketing and public relations officer Jack Larm said there would be something for everyone at this year’s festival.
“The day is really for the whole family to experience the joy of the land,” he said.
“Regional food will be available from our wood-fired oven and from various stallholders; the children can be entertained with face painting or puppet workshops, the air will be filled with acoustic music from a talented group of musicians.
“It’s an environment where you’re welcome to bring your picnic lunch, find a place on the rolling lawn and take in the magnificent views.”
Mr Larm said thefestival, held on May 5, was an important event to celebrate each year.
“Lavandula’s Autumn Harvest festival celebrates the season when the crops are brought in from the field,” he said.
“It celebrates the heritage of the Swiss-Italian migrants who contributed so much to the area.
“It is a chance to see and be involved in time-honoured traditions of the land.”
Mr Larm said Daylesford chef Gary Thomas would reveal the secrets to making an authentic Italian-style sausage while Daniel Palm would show how honey was extracted from the hive.
He said the event also celebrated the skills of artisans who worked with crops.
“Perhaps the biggest highlight this year will be the sculpture exhibition, which will showcase the talents of more than 20 local sculptures from the local area,” Mr Larm said. “The sculptures will be placed in various locations around the gardens.”
The event will be held at Lavandula Farm at 350 Hepburn-Newstead Road, Shepards Flat.
Entry costs $6 for adults and $2 for children.
For more information visit www.lavandula.com.au