Home Harvest Picnic


Connect, Grow, Eat, Enjoy – Home Harvest Picnic 2020

Experience the satisfaction of growing your own produce, and the pure pleasure of sharing and eating it with others! Home Harvest is a celebration of home grown produce and local food.

Join us as a grower and supply some home-grown produce for the wonderful Home Harvest Picnic, to be held on Sunday 1 March 2020 from 3.30 pm to 7pm at Edendale Community Environment Farm in Eltham.

In the week leading up to the Picnic, growers from the community supply home-grown produce, which is turned into a delicious picnic feast by trained cooks. These picnics will then be shared at the joyous community Home Harvest Picnic - a relaxing afternoon including community stalls, music, and family activities.

No matter your level of experience or how green your thumbs are, everyone is invited to take part and get growing! 

Not a grower? You can still come along and enjoy the feast! Purchase a prepared picnic for $10 or BYO picnic and attend for free. 

All growers and lovers of fresh, delicious food are invited to celebrate in the harvest and the joys of local food.

Please note that while registrations for growers and purchased picnics have now closed, you can still come along and BYO picnic! Enjoy a relaxing afternoon of great music, market stalls, workshops and activities for the whole family.


Grower produce drop off points

The Home Harvest Picnic is just around the corner! We’re looking forward to putting together all the delicious produce donated by our wonderful growers.

There’s a few options for delivering your produce for the Picnic:

  • Eltham High School, 30 Withers Way, Eltham
    • Thursday 27 February – 3:30pm to 5:30pm
    • Friday 28 February – all day
    • Enter via the main reception for directions to the school kitchen
  • Edendale Farm, 30 Gastons Road, Eltham
    • Thursday 27 February – 9.30am to 4pm
    • Friday 28 February – 9:30am to 4pm
    • Deliver to reception
  • The Harmony Centre, Shop 48, 46/48 Bell Street Mall, Heidelberg West
    • Thursday 27 February, 4pm to 6.30pm

If you are unable to deliver to any of these locations at the times specified, contact Richard.rowe@nillumbik.vic.gov.au

As this is a waste free event, bring your produce in a basket or reusable container that you can take home. 

Complete and bring this document to drop off. This will help us calculate the total food grown and donated as part of the picnic.


Queensland Fruit Fly – please check your produce!

As you will likely know, the Queensland Fruit Fly has reached our suburbs. Please do a visual check of any fruit or fruiting veggies for Queensland Fruit Fly before you drop off. Look for small puncture marks or soft spots and if you are not sure, cut one of the fruit open to check. 

More details about QFF can be found here:


What to bring

This year, we’re aiming for a ZERO WASTE picnic.

You’ll need to bring the following for each person attending:

  • A dinner plate
  • A bowl for desert
  • Cutlery
  • Cup and / or glass
  • Tea towel
  • Picnic blanket or chairs

As a waste free event, we will not be providing landfill or recycling bins for rubbish collection at the end of the event.

Make sure to also bring some empty reusable containers if you’d like to take part in the pickling workshop or purchase some of Roving Refills’ products (more information below).

The weather forecast for Sunday is looking great for a picnic. Shading is limited at Edendale so please make sure you are sun smart at the picnic and bring your hats, sunscreen etc.


Registration when you arrive

You must register your group at the registration tent when you arrive. You and your guests will be given an event wrist band that must be worn while at the picnic.

At the registration table, you can also register for the silly veggie competition and the preserves competition


Chef Gareth Davies from Social Food Project will be working with the VCAL students from Eltham High School and a team of dedicated volunteers to produce a delicious vegetarian feast.

With Social Project at the helm you can expect a celebration of home grown and local food as they are passionate about eating local, with purpose and for the planet.

Entertainment & Activities

  • Charlie Mgee (Formidable Vegetable) is coming to entertain and inspire us on the Ukulele with his repertoire permaculture funk songs! Charlie has played Glastonbury (UK), Secret Garden Party (UK), BOOM (Portugal), Shambhala (Canada), Symbiosis (USA), Woodford (QLD) and Rainbow Serpent (VIC) and now Charlie is playing at the Home Harvest Picnic (Edendale) on the 1st March.
  • The Eltham East Primary School Ukulele Ensemble will be bringing their fun tunes to the picnic
  • Roving Refills will be attending till 5pm, so bring along some recycled bottles so you can buy Roving Refills’ environmentally sensitive household detergents and body care products  
  • Enter the Silly Veg competition! Bring along that carrot with legs, tomato with a nose or a cheeky peach that looks like a bottom to be in the running for a prize. Photos will also be considered.
  • Hot pickling activity. Bring along a small clean jar with a lid so you can take home some home grown pickles! We are using this activity as a way to process any excess donated produce so availability may be limited.
  • Are you a preserves perfectionist? Enter the home-made preserve competition on the day. Bring along your best preserve to be judged by a panel of experts!
  • Make a Bees wax wrap activity 
  • Monty Boomerang Bags will be here making bags
  • Bulleen Art and Garden will be running some activities for the kids and the silly vegetable competition
  • North Eastern Region Permaculture group (NERP) will be running a seed bomb activity for kids
  • Thrive Community Garden will be running a food swap
  • A photo booth will be set up to take family / farming / veggie growing photos on your own phones



  • Local winemakers, Kings of Kangaroo Ground will be on hand for you to sample and purchase a drop of their finest to enjoy with your picnic. Remember to BYO your own glass. No single use plastic glasses will be provided
  • PowerHouse Cheese are a small family run business operating from Blackburn that uses un-homogenised milk from a Friesian herd of cows in Gippsland to make beautify soft cheeses. They will be selling small wheels of cheese so make sure you bring along a plate and knife for serving. Freshly baked focaccia will be available from the grazing tables.
  • Coffee – Café Eden will be selling coffee on the night.  BYO you cups if you want a coffee as paper cups will not be available on the night.


Getting there

You’re encouraged to use public transport, bicycle or come on foot to the Picnic. Edendale is located on the Diamond Creek Trail, a 10 minute walk from Eltham Train Station. The Hurstbridge line runs from the city to Eltham.

If you are driving, there will be limited parking available at the Eltham North adventure playground on Wattletree Road, and enter Edendale via the back gate


Home Harvest partners

The Home Harvest Picnic is a partnership between Nillumbik Shire Council, Banyule City Council, Edendale Farm, Local Food Connect, Bulleen Art & Garden and The Veggie Empire


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