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HARVEST FESTIVAL OCT. 15: - MUSIC, FOOD, FARMING AND KIDS ACTIVITIES
Cedar Rose Park: Saturday, October 15 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Berkeley, California (Thursday, October 06, 2016) - Join us for the City of Berkeley's annual Harvest Festival, a chance to honor the Fall with live music, kids' activities, and celebrate our city's thriving culture of growing and making our own food.

This year's festival - from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Cedar Rose Park - will celebrate foods grown, harvested, and prepared by members of the Berkeley community. To inspire more urban farming, homemade food, and healthier eating, the Food and Garden Expo will host:

Crop Swap - Bring your garden's surplus and exchange it with other gardeners.  All types of fruits and vegetables are welcome.

Seed Swap - Swap garden seeds and share gardening tips.  Don't have any seeds to swap? No problem! We will have a generous supply of organic vegetable and flowers seeds on hand (while supplies last).

Food Contests - Enter your best homemade pie, pickled vegetables, cookies, jam, and other homemade goods or homegrown produce. Although all food entries must feature a main ingredient that could feasibly be grown in Berkeley, the actual ingredient does not need to have been grown in Berkeley.  All participants will receive recognition and ribbons will be awarded in each category.  

In addition, there will be guided tours of nearby community gardens, as well as "from garden to table" cooking demonstrations. Participating organizations include the Ecology Center, Transition Berkeley, Berkeley Community Gardening Collaborative, and BUSD Gardening and Cooking Program.  Spiral Gardens will be displaying plants and starters appropriate for home gardeners. Harvest Festival

Children will have tons of fun at the Kids Zone, whether conquering the climbing wall, running the obstacle course, bowling with pumpkins, or making a scarecrow.  Other kids' activities include face painting, pumpkin decorating, a petting zoo, and a carnival games with prizes.  Visit the Parks and Recreation booths to learn more about their great program and class offerings.

Live music will be provided by FARENHYTE 5150 and Gone Fishing as the conclusion of the City's "Music in the Park" series.

Keeping with the spirit of this event, sustainable practices are strongly encouraged. Public transit is available via AC Transit (#25, #52); also Cedar Rose Park is walking distance from the North Berkeley BART station. In addition, free valet bike parking will be located on site.

Food Contest Entry Forms and more information about the event can be found at www.cityofberkeley.info/recreation.  

The Harvest Festival is run by the City's Parks, Recreation and Waterfront Department, whose Recreation Division organizes dozens of camps, classes and other activities for people of all ages. Get a glimpse at the Recreation division's offerings through the Activity Guide and sign up via our online registration portal.

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