News: Harvest in the Swan Valley Returns for 2023

After its successful debut in 2021, and a break in 2022 due to COVID-19, Harvest in the Swan Valley returns for 2023 with an extended season of events, activities and photo opportunities to encourage visitors to the Valley.

Running from Thursday, February 16 to Sunday, March 5, Harvest will see the Swan Valley’s growers, makers and producers celebrate the season’s delights with boutique tours and tastings, masterclasses, long lunches and dinners, gin events and more. Harvest in the Valley is proudly supported by the City of Swan.

Visitors are encouraged to experience the Valley like a local by going behind the scenes at harvest time. See how grapes are picked, get messy at a traditional wine stomp, try your hand at making nougat with native ingredients, or experience the sights and sounds of wineries in the midst of their new wine vintage.

Harvest is the time of year when generations of families and friends get together to harvest their bounty, and roadside stalls will be overflowing with the freshest of the fresh grapes, melons, mangoes and tomatoes. Across three weeks, more than 25 businesses in the Swan Valley will open their doors, stands, vineyards and fields for an exclusive range of activities. Download the full program here.

Events include:

The Grape Stomp Off at the Naked Fox Wine Lounge & Cafe: Saturday, February 18

Get your feet sticky at this free ticketed event, acting as a curtain-raiser to coming back to taste the fruits of your labour at Swan Valley Espino on March 5.

Marron Feast at Swan Valley Station: Friday, February 24

Tuck into marron fresh from Swan Valley Station’s own lake as part of its inaugural marron catch. Enjoy this freshwater delicacy served with a combination of dipping sauces, and a side salad of fresh Swan Valley vegetables.

Grape Picker for a Day at Harris Organic Wines and Spirits: Saturday, February 25

Spend a day in the life of a grape picker at a small organic winery, picking grapes in the cool of the morning. Learn tricks to help you pick efficiently and participate in the grape stomping. Once the work is over, relax over a light grazing board, paired with a glass of wine.

Upper Reach Harvest Lunch: Sunday, February 26

Chef Ryan Fels has sourced the best local fare for a long table lunch showcasing Swan Valley produce across seven grazing courses, including Swan Valley sweetcorn puree with Shark Bay prawns, culminating with a Whistler’s dark chocolate and peanut butter tart.

Old Young’s Kitchen Harvest Festival: Sunday, February 26

Eat well and drink better at the ultimate gin-tastic Sunday sesh. From lunchtime to sundown, Old Young’s Kitchen will transform into a gourmet festival with live bands and DJs, spirit tastings and cocktail masterclasses.

Honey Harvest at The House of Honey: Sunday, February 26

Have you ever wanted to extract your own honey, see inside a real hive or pour your very own jar of WA honey? Don a bee-suit and head into the hives where you will get to extract a frame, and cut and pack your own comb of honey before heading off to spin your own jar of honey!

Authentic American Barbecue: Discovery of Smoked Meats at Gryphon Smokehouse: Sunday, February 26

Take a journey through an authentic Kansas City American barbecue experience of favourites such as beef brisket, pulled pork, chicken, and pork ribs, all smoked using fruit woods from retired trees in the Swan Valley. Sides will include cornbread using locally grown, seasonal corn, and honey butter made with Swan Valley honey.

Harvest Fresh Produce Tour: Sunday, February 26

Join this special Harvest experience and let Mr Shuttle introduce you to some favourite growers and local providores in the region, before whiling away the afternoon with a vineyard platter and optional tastings at Pandemonium Estate.

Tapas and High Cheese Heaven at Holy Mary Cellars, Feb 18-19, Feb 25-26, March 4-5

Munch your way through a selection of three wine-matched tapas tasters, followed by a glass of fortified wine and a WA ‘high cheese’ plate. Plus, join in the age-old harvest tradition of a grape stomp (March 4-5 weekend only).

Other venues joining the Harvest fun include Kato’s 3000 Grapes and SubZero Gelato, who will have Harvest-branded ice cream and gelato flavours using fresh local fruit flavours; Baba and Dida’s, who will offer Croatian sweets each Sunday during Harvest; and The Tandoori Bistro, who will have local mango kulfi and lassi on the menu.

In addition to ticketed events, there will be the chance to “snap, share and win” at vineyards and other locations around the Valley including Twin Hill Wines, Ugly Duckling Wines, The Grape Place and Mondo Nougat. Take a photo at the Harvest-themed location, share to Instagram, tag @theswanvalley and #swanvalley to go in the draw to win a $500 Swan Valley Gift Card.

Follow the Swan Valley on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @theswanvalley for the latest Harvest updates. Tickets and full details of events are available at www.swanvalley.com.au/harvest or download the program here.

(images : supplied)

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