Serpentine Jarrahdale Food and Farm Fest keen to entice urban visitors


Angus Easton-Hayes, Merri Harris, Margaret Cala and Kate Hayes with dog Dustie-Rose and horses George and Leeda.  Picture: Bruce Hunt www.communitypix.com.au   d481320
Angus Easton-Hayes, Merri Harris, Margaret Cala and Kate Hayes with dog Dustie-Rose and horses George and Leeda. Picture: Bruce Hunt www.communitypix.com.au d481320

SOME of Serpentine Jarrahdale’s finest agriculture will be on show when Quarry Farm hosts its first Serpentine Jarrahdale Food and Farm Fest.

The festival, back after a break last year, is offering visitors a packed program, with an array of food, animals, speakers and stalls on display.

Festival manager Merri Harris said they had a range of food stalls, farm activities and animals to entice people from outside the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale to take in the festival.

“We want people who are living in the urban areas to come out and be able to get up close to animals,” she said.

“We’ll have camel rides, cattle mustering, pumpkin rolling, pony rides, a little stream train, the carriage driving led by horses doing obstacle courses, fruit kebabs and any farm game you can think of.”

Event organiser Karen Hayes said the festival was a chance for people from the suburbs to get a taste of farm life.

“It’s about the urban people meeting the farm and rural sector, but also learning how they can grow their own nice and nutritious food at home,” she said. The majority of food on offer would be healthy and produced naturally within the Shire.

“No food vendor here is permitted to have artificial flavouring, colouring or preservatives in their food and they’re not allowed to use pre-commercially-made food and bring it in and sell it off,” she said.

The festival is on May 5 from 10am to 4pm at Quarry Farm in Whitby.

Adult tickets are $15 and concession tickets are $10. Kids under 12 and adults over 80 are free.