Celebrate Norfolk’s harvest in the heart of the city as the Norfolk HarFest returns for its third year

Families and foodies are set to enjoy a free celebration of Norfolk’s farming community as the Norfolk HarFest returns to the heart of Norwich for a third year on Saturday 6 October, between 10am-4pm at Norwich Cathedral.

Founded by the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association (RNAA), the organisation behind the Royal Norfolk Show, HarFest is a celebration of food, farming and the countryside at a time of year when harvest season marks an important date in the farming calendar.

This year Norfolk Harfest is held in association with Woodforde’s Brewery.

It is the third year the one-day autumn fayre has been held in Cathedral Close and Mark Nicholas, show and programmes director at the RNAA says the event is set to be bigger and better than ever.

“This is our third year of bringing a wonderful autumn celebration to the heart of Norwich. The previous years have been such a success, and this is a momentum we are keen to keep up.”

“For the agricultural community the harvest is a special and important time and we are keen for visitors to come and celebrate with us in a fun and exciting way. Whether that’s through supporting the many local producers at the farmer’s market or through teaching the younger generation about the farm animals and technology so important to this industry.”

Judi-mae Alderton, Head of Marketing for Woodforde’s says “We are really looking forward to this great event in the fine city of Norwich! We have a bar all ready to set up and serve Wherry, Nelson’s Revenge and our seasonal special, Volt IPA to thirsty visitors, plus we’ll be selling our bottled beers and mini tins to take away from inside the cloisters market. It should be a great day!”’

Visitors will be able to sample goods from the farmer’s market (sponsored by Leathes Prior Solicitors), a HarFest favourite, which sees the Cathedral Cloisters transformed by a host of Norfolk artisan producers including Bakeshack, Crush Foods, Candi’s Chutney, Fielding Cottage plus many more. Food, drink and crafts will all be available to buy from Norfolk makers and creators.

Family favourite, Mr Mawkins Farm, will be given an autumnal makeover especially for the event. Children can meet and learn about farm animals including cattle, sheep, geese and goats as well as learn about the science and technology behind the farming machinery that helps the industry in the 21st century. A Combine Harvester, tractors and a John Deere gator will all have made their way to the Cathedral so the family can take the driving seat and smile for a photo.

The fun doesn’t stop there, play ’Watch That Cow Pat’ with the Norfolk Young Farmers and don’t forget to stop by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST) table and learn how the spinners spin wool. Why not bring along the little ones to make some woodland crafts?

Live entertainment is a key feature of HarFest and this year there will be two performance stages including one inside the Cathedral hosting a range of local bands and performing arts groups. The Norfolk County Symphonic Windband will be performing in the Cathedral Stage at 2pm on the day.

Other performers include Helen Bluebell, Cathedral Girls Choir, Close Encounters, Airmail Duo, Soul Purpose, Lucy Grubb and Humans. So grab a hay bale and a pint from the Woodforde’s bar and enjoy the music!

HarFest will be welcoming Norfolk artists to exhibit their work. Over 100 works will be on show in the Cathedral nave; adding more things to do and see.

This year HarFest will be supporting The Farming Community Network (FCN). The FCN is a voluntary organisation and charity that supports farmers and families within the farming community through difficult times.

HarFest could not take place without the support of our sponsors and we are enormously grateful to Woodforde’s Brewery, Leathes Prior Solicitors, EPS and Desira Group for their support.

For further details visit www.rnaa.org.uk/harfest