Gidgegannup Small Farm Field Day a celebration of locals’ ‘little patch’


Jennifer Kent, President of Experience Gidgegannup, is looking forward to the Gidgegannup Small Farm Field Day event on May 28. Picture: David Baylis
Jennifer Kent, President of Experience Gidgegannup, is looking forward to the Gidgegannup Small Farm Field Day event on May 28. Picture: David Baylis

THE Gidgegannup Small Farm Field Day is a chance for locals to share the treats of their “little patch”.

Event chair Jennifer Kent said a long table lunch catered by the Slow Food Movement would star in Sunday’s event along with a range of educational speakers, exhibitioners, businesses and stalls.

“The Slow Food Movement is gaining a lot of momentum within The Hills and the Swan Valley area,” she said.

“We’re aiming to cater for about 80 people and we’re showcasing all the local produce from the bio organic farm in Morangup plus local sheep in the menu, local feta and as much local produce as we can.

“We’re putting up a big marquee and decorating that especially for the event.”

She said the 10th field day would be bursting with exhibitors and they were expecting between 6000 and 8000 visitors.

“Our food and wine pavilion is absolutely choc-a-block with wineries and cheese people and all sorts of things this year; it’s really fantastic,” she said.

“Our other areas are easily as full as last year so it should look really nice.

“It is really just showcasing our area and getting our community together. We’re fairly proud of our little patch.”

Agriculture and Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan will open the day at the Gidgegannup Showgrounds, with gates to open at 9am and close at 4.30pm.

Agriculture and Food Department staff will be on site to provide information about livestock owner registration and livestock identification.

The Alpaca Association will hold a show on Saturday and a sale on Sunday, while the North Perth Orchid Association will be exhibiting and giving advice on propagation.

There will be more goats this year as well as talks on truffles from Alain Fabregues and jujubes from the Jujube Association.

Mounted Games will be holding their individuals competition and the small landholders marquee will be giving out information and talks on horticulture.

People can also enjoy the cuddly animal farm, puppets, face painting, wood turners, axemen and pony and camel rides.

Entry is $10 for adults with those aged 16 years and under free when accompanied by an adult.

Tickets to the long table lunch are $75 for non-members and $65 for members with bookings and pre-payment to Brigitte at brigitte.pivac@bigpond.com or 0400 221 423.

Visit gidgegannup.info for the full program and list of exhibitors.