Case Study: Victoria Country Park
A cornucopia of cucurbitaceae - celebrating the best of Autumnal treasures at Royal Victoria Country Park, Netley Southampton on the shores of Southampton Water.
A feast of seasonal locally produced food, giant pumpkins and splendid scarecrows for all the family to enjoy, organised by volunteers from the Jubilee Sailing Trust charity with help from numerous other community groups.
In it's 18th year, with the the best attendance figures ever, three generations of families attending and celebrating the harvest together through food and drink, music, art and dance. Local growers and producers showcasing their seasonal treasures to a whole new spectrum of families to savour. Local schools and community groups, businesses and families designed scarecrows for all to enjoy nestled amongst the hay bales and cornstalks.
The giant pumpkin weighing was a spectacular sight with a record number of pumpkins from as far away as Wales hoisted high by fork lift truck. The biggest pumpkin weighed in at 1861.20lbs a smidgeon less than last year's champion but a real crowd pleaser for the estimated 10,000 visitors. Pumpkin curry sold out early and not a crumb of locally produced pumpkin bread and pasties were to be seen after the initial rush.
Local beekeepers had record interest in their honey and were a veritable 'hive of activity'. Hampshire Fare producers along with Hampshire Farmers market offered a wide range of delicious tastings. This was definitely a Harvest Festival to treasure with input from the whole community.
"Wow, wow, wow!! I was totally blown away by the festival on Saturday. What an amazing day and a million congratulations for your role in organising such a spectacular event. It was a tremendous credit to the JST and yourselves. I had absolutely no idea it was such a big affair and it was wonderful to see so many people having a great day out and, of course, supporting the Trust (and many other worthy organisations) in the process". Duncan Souster
"I volunteered via my company HSBC and then roped in my husband to come along too. We were in charge of Scarecrow Avenue and what a delight that was. We were amazed at the number of scarecrows that turned up during the event and the amount of interest shown. There can't be many families who came to the event who did not take a photograph of at least one family member with a scarecrow. It was a busy and enjoyable afternoon." Karen Larcombe