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Harvest Festival

It's that time of year again and the Harvest Festival is looming!

This FREE EVENT is on Saturday 17 September 1pm - 4pm
Abbey Gardens, Bakers Row, London E15 3NF

• Take part in the 2011 Vegetable Games
• Enter our sport-themed cake or vegetable sculpture competitions
• Chef Beatrice Millner will be cooking produce from the garden for everyone to enjoy
• Enjoy live jazz music all afternoon from G & G Jazz Trio
• Garden tours and gardening tips from Hamish, our garden club leader
• Tea and cakes for small donations for the garden
• Kids’ activities related to the garden Activities are free of charge.

Food, drink and honesty stall produce are available for donations. Cake competition entries to be prepared in advance. Vegetable sculptures can also be created on the day.

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Popes win prizes

Judah (1st in the flower arranging) and Nick (3rd prize cake!)
Judah (1st in the flower arranging) and Nick (3rd prize cake!)

This is my brother Nick and his son Judah. Now, this is a man who prior to recent years was rarely seen to eat a vegetable let alone grow or cook one - and yesterday he took third prize in the cake competition made with his own home-grown carrots! I sadly walked away from the flower arranging empty handed despite (IMHO) a very nice (home grown) Dahlia number ... I was beaten by Judah - my own Nephew ... I had no sway on the judges despite taking notes for them.

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Harvest Festival - A Triumph

Gary & team serve lunch to an appreciative queue
Gary & team serve lunch to an appreciative queue

Massive congratulation to all the Friends of Abbey Gardens for a fantastic event on Saturday for the Harvest Festival. We had about 110 visitors I think, a busy cake stall, lots of produce and seeds 'sold' from the honesty stall, live music and some seriously good food - all straight from the garden and cooked by FOAG member Gary with his partner Elizabetta joining forces with George and Jason as chef's assistants.

I really enjoyed the whole day ... except maybe for the competition judging ... 

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Getting ready for the big day ...

Hamish & Gary with the produce for Saturday
Hamish & Gary with the produce for Saturday

We harvested a lot of the produce for the Harvest Festival yesterday evening - here's Gary about to take it all away to prepare - no mean feat! 

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Harvest Festival

Come and enjoy this years Harvest Festival at the garden - anyone who came last year can tell you what a great day out it was!

11am Bring your competition entries:
* Bake a garden-themed cake or traybake (to be served at 3pm, after judgingPlease mark your container with your name, name of cake and ingredients
 * Build a plant portrait: a head or face made from fruit and vegetables. Label your plant portrait with your name and age
 * Make a flower arrangement on the theme of ‘What will the harvest be?’ in own container (not exceeding 75cm h x 50cm w x 50cm d)

12 noon Harvest Festival opens
Garden tours, tea and cake throughout the afternoon

12-3pm Activities
 * Build a head or face from vegetables to enter into our plant portrait competition
 * Print a patchwork of patterns with potatoes and natural plant dyes and juices
 * Make a miniature bouquet of paper collage flowers
 * Sew some bunting or take away a piece to sew at home

1.30pm Cookery and tastings

2pm Live flower arranging (entries can be submitted to the competition)

3pm Competition judging

4pm Harvest Festival closes

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