Garden City Lands to host new Richmond Harvest Fest
13 September 2017
Richmond celebrates local food, sustainability and its agricultural past, present and future on Saturday, September 30 at the first annual Richmond Harvest Fest. The new festival will be the first major event on the spectacular Garden City Lands, the evolving green heart of Richmond.
“Agriculture is an important part of Richmond’s cultural and economic past, present and future,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “We are home to over 200 active farmers and a wide variety of vibrant restaurants, Richmond’s reputation as a hub for urban agriculture and unique culinary experiences is well established and ready to grow. The first annual Richmond Harvest Fest is a great opportunity to celebrate our commitment to being a sustainable, diverse and vibrant community, as well as Canada’s 150th anniversary.”
The festival’s programming and attractions will appeal to all ages and cultures. Highlights include a farmers market, exceptional local food, beer and wine, cooking demonstrations on a culinary stage, children’s activities including a straw bale slide and wagon ride, interactive agricultural displays and roving performers. The festival main stage will feature homegrown performers including a headliner performance by popular Canadian folk/rock/reggae trio Jon and Roy.
This free festival will be held Saturday September 30, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the Garden City Lands, an amazing 136.5 acre park in the heart of Richmond. This remarkable open space is currently being developed as one of Richmond’s signature parks and will be home to active farming and agricultural programs, a dedicated natural area and extensive opportunities for public recreation.
There will be no onsite parking at Garden City Lands. Parking will be available at Lansdowne Centre and a shuttle bus service will be available. Visit the Location section of the website to find sustainable ways to commute to the event. A bike valet will be available in a securely guarded area near the festival entrance. For additional event details visit www.richmondharvestfest.com.
Richmond Harvest Fest is produced by the City of Richmond with funding support from the Government of Canada. Main Stage sponsor is TD Bank Group. Marketplace sponsor is Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Culinary Stage sponsors are Mayberry Farms and Richberry Group. Community Partner is Vancity. Media sponsors are CTV, 103.5 QM/FM, Daily Hive and the Georgia Straight.