The Harvest Festival is held from 21–23 September: it is one of the autumn’s ultimate highlights. Take the family with you and visit dairy farmers, horse farms, fruit farms or one of the other 25 farms that are open. It is guaranteed to be an experience for both your eyes and your palate. There are plenty of exciting things for children to do as well.
This is the fifteenth year in a row that the Harvest Festival is being held in Åland: a PR event that usually attracts about 18,000 visitors from Åland, Sweden and Finland. It’s not that strange that people travel a long way to take part. The Harvest Festival provides a unique opportunity to visit farms, food producers and local craftsmen. Unlike in previous years, this year you can even visit the farms on a Sunday.
This year’s theme – the restaurants’ raw products round the corner
The same as last year, the Harvest Festival has a special theme. This year it is “The restaurants’ raw products round the corner”, which is intended to increase local produce in restaurants around Åland. That’s why the Harvest Festival invites restaurant owners to the farms so that they can foster better relationships with the producers. The producers are encouraged to reveal which restaurants they collaborate with. If you as a private individual want to contribute towards increasing locally produced food in restaurants, you are encouraged to demand local produce when you go to a restaurant yourself.
Grown locally and produced locally
Everything at the Harvest Festival in Åland is grown and produced locally: everything from apples, honey, vegetables, bread and cheese to fish and meat. But wrought-ironwork, woollen products, jewellery and other arts and crafts also come from Åland, as does most of the ready-cooked food that is served. At Karl-Ers Frukt, for instance, you can buy the farm’s own apple and pear cider in the farm shop.
An adventure for children
The Harvest Festival has plenty to offer children. Bolstaholm Farm is organising a treasure hunt in castles of straw, riding on mechanical rodeo bulls, pedal tractor races, air rifle shooting and tractor trips to grazing bulls. Stall Twilight stables provide pony rides and at Haddnäs Farm children can try a cow safari. Children can also have a go at ancient arts and crafts at Åland Hunting and Fishing Museum and play with clay at Lugnet Ceramics. Åland's Fotografiska Museum is a must for those children who are already hankering after Christmas Eve. There are going to be a number of Father Christmases around over the weekend – children can busy themselves with Father Christmas themes and write wish lists to send to Father Christmas. When the time comes for an energy recharge, many of the farms provide food.
Getting to the farms
Most farms are located within a 20-kilometre radius of Mariehamn. The addresses of all the farms can be found on the Harvest Festival’s website. During the day you can also follow signs marked “Harvest Festival” whereas in the evening you need to keep an eye out for long rows of hurricane lamps that show the way.
More informationThe whole programme and information about all the farms are to be found on the Harvest Festival's website, www.skordefest.ax.
You travel to Åland by boat (Viking Line, Eckerö Linjen or Tallink Silja) or by air (AirÅland).
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