2019 Canberra Harvest Festival 

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There'll be something for everyone at the 2019 Canberra Harvest Festival.  

Saturday 23rd March 2pm-6pm

Join us in celebrating local sustainable produce at the Canberra Environment Centre. Take peek at what’s been growing in Acton Community Garden and visit The Hungry Composter, our solar powered industrial compost machine. Sample some gourmet local food or join in on our free sustainability workshops and talks running throughout the day. There will also be plenty of activities for kids, live music, and a cornucopia of stalls showcasing local produce and wares.

More details on workshops, food, music, special events and stalls coming soon!

If you’d like to pre-order a compost bin or worm farm from the Environment Centre and pick it up at the Harvest Festival, email Zoe at sustainability@canberraenvironment.org or 6248 0885.


Bring something great to the table

To apply for a space as a Stallholder at the 2019 Canberra Harvest Festival, please complete the form below. We'll review your application and contact you if your registration has been successful. Be quick as stall space is limited! 

Please note, local fresh produce stalls will be given priority at the Harvest Festival. 


There's something for everyone this year at the Harvest Festival! Check out our stallholders below: 

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be involved in something bigger than yourself

We are currently looking for volunteers for the 2019 Canberra Harvest Festival on Saturday 23 March. Community events like this just wouldn't be possible without the incredible generosity of our volunteers. It's a fun day with free lunch for all volunteers so if you have a few hours to spare, we'd love to hear from you. 

Here's what we'll need a hand with: 

  • Set-up and pack-down

  • Selling raffle tickets

  • Information and stallholder registration table

  • Wine bar (must have RSA)

  • All-rounders

  • Photography (need own camera)

  • Running the Kids Space/set-up and pack-down

If you'd like to volunteer please fill out the form below. Thank you! 

Kids Veggie Growing Comp 

We all know that Canberra kids are the best.
Now’s your chance to prove it!

Have you grown the BIGGEST tomato, the GREENEST zucchini or a really STRANGE looking carrot? Bring a selection of your best tasting and looking veggies from your garden for a chance to win some awesome prizes! 

To enter please bring your entries to the CEC stall by 4pm.  Prizes will be awarded at 4:15pm 


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Free Workshops

Our popular introductory workshops are back this year and happening all day during the Harvest Festival! Our presenters will be sharing lots of practical advice and tips about composting, reducing your household waste, keeping animals using electric fences, permaculture in the home and much more. 

Workshops Timetable 

How to Start – 2pm        

Backyard Chickens - 2:30 pm      

Zone 0  - 3pm    

5 Steps to an Energy Efficient Home- 3:30pm     

Growing Mushrooms at Home-  4pm     

Understanding Solar - 4:30pm   

Keeping animals with electric fences - 5pm         

Halve Your Household Waste-  5:30pm  

**Please note workshops are subject to change 

About the workshops

How to Start
An interactive session to identify first steps toward living more sustainably. No prior knowledge necessary, come along and get excited about how to start!

Backyard Chickens
Learn the basics of keeping chickens in your backyard from our permaculture presenter Martyn Noakes.

Zone 0
An introduction to cultivating wellbeing, mindset and skills for making good decisions for sustainable living with permaculture trainer Lizzy Smith.


5 Steps to an Energy Efficient Home  
A whirl-wind guide to how to improve your home’s thermal performance, upgrade to high efficiency electric appliances, get off gas, and install a solar system! Actsmart’s Ren Webb will explain how he implemented all these changes in his 1970s home so that its’ Energy Efficiency Rating increased from 2 stars up to 6.9 stars, and it now generates around 5 times more energy than used by his family.

Growing Mushrooms
Growing mushrooms at home is easy, tasty and fun. Peter and Leone from Fungico will show you how!

Understanding Solar
Find out how solar and batteries can add value to your home, provide savings on your bills and increase your energy independence. This workshop is useful if you don't know where to start in this fast changing energy space.

Keeping animals with electric fences
Electric fences can be used to keep animals in, and pests like foxes out!  Learn the basics of setting up a fence in your backyard or on your property, including safety, design and stock rotation.

Halve Your Household Waste
Mia Swainson set her young and busy family a challenge to significantly reduce the amount of waste they send to landfill each week, and succeeded!  Join Mia for a discussion of all things waste where you'll walk away with simple and practical tips for reducing, reusing and recycling with your family.


The Canberra Harvest Festival is held on the grassy area outside the Canberra Environment Centre, along Lawson Crescent, Acton Peninsula. We are located at the southern end of the ANU's campus. 

There are many ways to get to the Harvest Festival. 

  • Bike/Scooter/Rollerblade: We are located opposite the bike path around Lake Burley Griffin

  • Kayak: We're located by the lake so why not paddle over this year? There's a landing area at the end of Lawson Crescent.

  • Walk: It takes about 25 min to walk from Civic to the Canberra Harvest Festival.

  • Bus:

    • 934: Belconnen - Bruce - O’Connor - Turner - Acton - City - Parkes - Barton - Parliament House - Deakin - Hughes - Garran - Woden

    • 981: City - Parkes - Parliament House - Acton - ATSIC - Zoo - Arboretum - Botanic Gardens - CSIRO - (City Tourist Loop)

  • Car: Parking is available nearby at the National Museum. Disabled parking is available at the Centre; entry is via Lennox Crossing.

  • Access: Canberra Harvest Festival is held outdoors, on slightly uneven ground, and inside the Canberra Environment Centre, which has an access ramp and a regular sized doorway. Unfortunately the Canberra Harvest Festival does not have disabled toilets. For all access enquiries please contact sustainability@canberraenvironment.org or call 6248 0885.