Not-to-be-missed Squash & Pumpkin Festival at Hardwick 27 October 2013
Says Iain Tolhurst, renowned organic grower “The first edition of the Squash & Pumpkin Festival at Hardwick will be a community effort with social aims in the local area. The festival will celebrate the harvest and splendour of the season, with an exhibition of large pumpkins and most beautiful squash, and sales of the best local foods in the area”.
Festival visitors will be offered an improvised farmers’ market, craft stalls, food and drinks, as well as guided tours of historic Hardwick House, only open at special occasions.
This is an interactive event, where visitors will make the things happen, by entering the Carved and Biggest Pumpkin and Best in Show Squash competitions, by showing off in their best Autumn dress, by rolling pumpkins up and down and by singing along.
Local businesses will benefit, too, by selling their best ware and community groups will contribute through their volunteers and stands.
We aim at “zero-waste” targets, by recycling and reusing all unused items.
With a successful first-time (pilot) festival, Tolhurst Organic hope to establish the event as an annual tradition at the farm.