The Bickley-Carmel Harvest Festival 2017 is promising to be the best year yet. With 20 venues offering sumptuous food, wine/cider tastings and unique hills art and experiences, it’s hard to choose where to start.
So we’ve done the hard work for you and got the inside scoop from Ellie at the Perth Hills Visitor Centre.
Ellie’s Top 6 picks for your Harvest Festival:
Carldenn Homestead – Book a table under the gum trees to sample some of Denis’s famous port, wooded chardonnay, semillon or shiraz. You’ll feel right at home here and part of the family as you learn about wine-making and sample the full range of Carldenn wines. The Scouts will be on hand to serve up a hot beef roll (yum!) and on Sunday acoustic guitarist Dominic Zurzolo will be strumming some tunes to accompany your tastings.
Myattsfield - One of the valley’s most established venues and well-known winemakers always serves up a treat for the Harvest Festival and this year you can either book in for a VIP winemaker’s lunch on Saturday or check out the famous scarecrow competition on Sunday. More information here
Rustyroo & Erasmus Designs – No trip to the Harvest Festival is complete without a visit to some of our resident artists in the valley. Rustyroo opens their studio for you to view and purchase bespoke and quirky craft and metalwork. Award-winning Erasmus Designs allow you a unique look at their furniture making as well as artist demonstrations, giftware, and jewellery for sale. Whilst there you can also enjoy a bite to eat at the licensed café on the desk and even win a night at the Carinyah B&B.
Pop-Up Cidery at Hainault – If you’re not spoilt enough by all that Hainault has to offer for the festival (check out their beautiful 3-course Italian feast!) they’ve also teamed up with Naked Apple who will be running a pop-up cidery from the venue showcasing their range of ciders and juices alongside the sensational range of Hainault wines. With all the fruit grown right here in the Perth Hills, you couldn’t wish for a better way to taste the region.
BYO Picnic at Melville Rose Gardens – Why not create your own platter and bring it along to the Melville Rose Gardens and choose a spot amongst the stunning gardens to picnic? Wander through the display garden, grab a coffee or cake or even buy a rose and pot it on site ready for Mother’s Day. More information here
NEW Carmel Cider Company – We’re all very excited to see a new venue launching in the hills and you can be some of the first to sample the range from the Carmel Cider Company at their pop-up shop at Giumelli’s on Canning Road. Try out their cider and take a crate home - you’ll be getting in before the hipsters and Urban List even know about it!
Keep updated on the official Harvest Festival Facebook page on this exciting launch and all the other venues. Bookings are advisable for lunch at the following venues:
The Vineyard Kitchen - 3-course lunch - $50.00 pp
CORE Cider House – à la carte menu on the deck
Fairbrossen Winery & Cafe – à la carte menu
Hainault Vineyard and Cafe - 3-course Italian Feast - $50.00 pp
La Fattoria Perth Hills - Nonna's Family Table
Masonmill Family Restaurant – à la carte menu
Myattsfield Vineyards – Winemaker’s Luncheon (6th)
Plume Estate Vineyard - Tapas, platters & pizza
Carinyah Cafe – à la carte menu
Packing Shed @ Lawnbrook – Pre-book your farmhouse platter or table
Other food vendors will be available for takeaway across the valley during the weekend and you can drop into any of the wineries for tastings and small bites throughout the festival.
SHUTTLE BUS Explore Tours is running two FREE buses to venues departing from the visitor centre. The service starts at 9.50am and the last round of pick-ups is at 4 pm. No booking required. Not suitable for large groups (7 or more)
WIN! WIN! WIN!
Enter for your chance to win one of following great prizes: GRAND PRIZE:Transport for six people through the Bickley-Carmel Valley for the Harvest Festival, including lunch and sparkling wine at the Packing Shed @ Lawnbrook on Saturday 6 May 2ND PRIZE:Overnight accommodation for two at Bickley Valley Cottage, and private transport through the Bickley-Carmel Valley for the Harvest Festival in a S Class Mercedes on Saturday 6 May 3RD PRIZE:Half dozen bottles of award winning wine from the vineyards of the Bickley-Carmel Valley ENTER COMPETITION HERE Closing date: Tuesday, 2 May 2017. Terms & Conditions apply.
SCARECROW COMPETITION As part of the Harvest Festival, the crew at Myattsfield Vineyards are hosting the 7th annual Scarecrow competition to help raise funds for Muscular Dystrophy WA. The competition is open to all and there's a prize pool of $1100 to be won - SO GET STUFFING...! For more information here
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If you would like some help planning your Harvest Festival and trip to the hills or more details on any of the venues or events above, pop in to meet Ellie and the team at the Perth Hills Visitor Centre, 50 Railway Road in Kalamunda or call them on 08 9257 9998.