Åland Harvest Festival
Welcome to enjoy the bounty of Åland harvest! It’s fresh, green, ripe, locally produced and pure pleasure for the eye and taste buds.
Åland Harvest Festival 2018, held 21–23 September, will soon be here, and the local farmers will have the chance to showcase their fresh raw produce for visitors. Come and take a taste of the Åland Harvest Festival and learn more about the life in the countryside.
Encounters in the countryside
Book 21–23 September for a tasty weekend trip to Åland. The Harvest Festival highlights the beautiful autumn colors and offers exciting encounters – the consumer meets the producer, young meets the old, the town-dweller meets the farmer. This popular event for the whole family follows the good tradition and is divided into three themed events – Open Farms, “Plåpp Åpp” popup activities and Restaurants.
During the Harvest Festival you can visit the Open Farms all around Åland and enjoy different kinds of activities and program, as well as sample and buy delicious, local products. You have the opportunity to discover Åland countryside and to meet down-to-earth people and local producers in beautiful surroundings.
Many farms offer fun activities för the whole family. For children there will be e. g. hay hopping, animals to pet and to say hi to, sandbox to play in, treasure hunts, guided tractor safari, pony ride, hobbyhorse competition, cookery school and lots of other activities and games.
Plåpp Åpp – the Åland variation of temporary pop-up places and events all around Åland. Plåpp Åpp activities give an insight into the daily life of a local farmer and producer.
You can also enjoy delicious and fresh local meals. The Harvest Festival Restaurants will offer menus that are based on local produce and that will highlight the local culinary profile. Hotel Arkipelag will serve a genuine Åland breakfast each morning. Make the table reservation by Ph. +358 18 24 020. Take the chance to enjoy an abundance of Ålandic culinary delights. Read more about the restaurants and farms with catering at www.skordefest.ax.
Music, dance and karaoke
In the evening when it gets dark it’s time to put on your dancing shoes, enjoy live music and jamm.
The dairy farm Mattas Gårdsmejeri will arrange dance in the barn on Saturday 22 September. The dance band Högtrycket will play at 9pm–1am. There will be place for 150 dancing guest in the barn so make sure to reserve your place now (price 15 €/person).
Bastö Bykrog will hold a karaoke competition on Saturday evening and afterwords, at 9–12 pm, there will be dance to swinging music of Yellow spaces. Come and enjoy dinner, live music and dance at Bastö. Test karaoke at 11.30–6 pm or take part in the competition at 6–9 pm if you dare. The winner will be allowed to sing together with Carina Sommarström and the band Yellow spaces. You can also book accommodation at Bastö Hotel.
Visit the website and plan your route according to the open farms and to the sales of your favorite products and meals!
Harvest Festival Pass
New for this year is the Harvest Festival Passlott with a a range of benefits and superb offers that are valid both during and after the Harvest Festival, as well as lottery gifts from the participating farms and the sponsors. The Passlott is a unique product for everyone who loves the Åland Harvest Festival, the local harvest products and the local producers. With the pass you get hold of fantastic offers and take part in the main Harvest Festival lottery and have a chance to win exquisite products when you fill in which places you have been to around Åland (Open Farms, Restaurants or Plåpp Åpp) and hand it on the last place you will be visiting during the Åland Harvest Festival.
You can buy your Harvest Festival Pass via Visit Åland’s online booking, at the tourist office (Storagatan 8), via the app Kloink, at Open Farms and in some grocery stores. Members in the association Skördefestens Vänner will get the Harvest Festival Pass free of charge.
If you don’t have a car of your own or if you prefer public transport, there will be a bus excursions to some of the open farms on Saturday 22 September.
The bus trip with Williams Buss to Drygsböle Gård in Hammarland, Karl-Ers Gården and Marskogens Lamm in Svartsmara, as well as Bolstaholms Gård in Geta will start at 2 pm and the bus will be back at Mariehamn bus station around 8.35 pm.
The association Skördefestens Vänner
After the Harvest Festival you can prolong the charming harvest festival atmosphere by signing in as member in the association Skördefestens Vänner. The membership offers you exciting activities all year round. There is a lottery where you can win fun countryside experiences approximately every other month, such as milking a cow, feeding calves, sheep shearing, a promenade in blossoming apple orchards or other fascinating activities. Welcome!
Welcome to the Harvest Festival on Åland. Enjoy the lovely atmosphere and learn more about the life in the countryside.