2018 Canberra Harvest Festival

There’ll be something for everyone at the 2018 Harvest Festival!

The Environment Centre will be cooking gourmet, organic food made entirely from local produce while local producers showcase their harvest, and community organisations conduct FREE sustainable living workshops. We’ll have plenty of live music to keep you entertained and our Locals Bar is back, showcasing some of Canberra’s delicious local tipple.

2018 continues our great tradition of the Kids Fruit and Vegetable Growing Competition! If your child is growing some exciting things over the summer, we encourage you to submit an item to be judged in the competition. There’ll be some awesome prizes to be won! The competition will be drawn at 4:15 at the stage, please come to the CEC stall beforehand if you have entries.

Our popular kids play area will also be back with painting, drawing, and games available.

Join us in celebrating local and organic produce, and fundraising for our projects which include kitchen gardens at community-run childcare centres throughout the ACT.

Program, music and workshop details below.



2:00 Festival opens
2:45 - 3:30 Ella Hunt
3:30 - 4:15 Jim Sharrock
4:15 - 4:30 Kids Fruit & Veggie Competition Judging
4:30 - 5:30 Moondog
5:45 - 6:00 Raffle Draw
6:00 Festival closes



Jim Sharrock
Jim Sharrock is a versatile singer-songerwriter who has been charming Canberra for over 20 years. His style ranges from reggae and dub into old-timey rockabilly and ragtime. You may have seen him as part of beloved local acts Doctor Stovepipe and Dubba Rukki.

Ella Hunt
Tasmanian-raised and Canberra based, Ella is your local band get-about. She is the principal songwriter and vocalist for local folk/jazz band The Lowlands, lead guitarist for experimental folk-punk band, Helena Pop, and provides back up vocals for local emo/punk rock band, Azim Zain and his Lovely Bones. Ella also took out the award for Best Live Voice ACT (2017) at the National Live Music Awards ACT.

Ella’s solo performance is an intimate affair, propelled by her intricate acoustic guitar and haunted vocal through songs steeped in the deep traditions of folk and jazz.


Hailing from Denmark, Western Australia, Moondog is a master of the blues harmonica and a formidable guitarist and songwriter. His voice holds a deep authenticity reminiscent of the great Blues/Soul singers of old.

Moondog has performed on stage at the Chicago Blues Festival, Buddy Guy’s Legend’s Bar, Byron Bay Bluesfest, Southbound Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival, Chiang Mai University (Thailand), as well as some premier venues in Australia, such as the Brisbane Powerhouse. Most recently in Canberra he supported Andrew Strong from the Commitments.



All held at the outdoor workshop space unless specified

2:00 - 5:30 How to make compost (Wieslaw Lichacz) (next to workshop area)
2:00 - 2:30 Halve your household waste (Mia Swainson)
2:30 - 3:00 Backyard aquaponics (Gurkan Yeniceri)
3:00 - 3:30 Natural Beekeeping (Gurkan Yeniceri)
3:30 - 4:00 What is permaculture (Martyn Noakes)
3:30 - 4:00 Heating and cooling your home through garden design (Annie Egan) (INSIDE)
4:00 - 4:30 Keeping backyard chooks (Martyn Noakes)
4:30 - 5:00 Setting up a small farm (Martyn Noakes)
4:30 - 5:00 Heating and cooling your home through garden design (Annie Egan) (INSIDE)
5:00 - 5:30 Halve your household waste (Mia Swainson)

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