A toast to summer's passing

The community bid farewell to summer and welcomed in the start of the harvest season at a party attended by thousands in Richmond.

The Sprig & Fern Summer Harvest Fare was held last night and attended by an estimated 4000 people.

"It was a beautiful night, the weather was amazing," Richmond Unlimited manager Kim Quint said.

The evening is one of Richmond Unlimited's biggest events of the year and celebrates the close of summer and the amazing produce grown in the region and harvested at this time of year.

Food stalls and Sprig & Fern beer and cider were sold as well as wine from five local wineries. Mrs Quint said the evening was always well attended.

"It is one of the last events that happen before daylight saving [ends]."

Mrs Quint said the evening was trouble-free and a good police presence helped ensure people knew bad behaviour would not be tolerated.

"We had no problems at all. We had a few issues with young kids in previous years and we had a lot of security in place and a police presence."

The Nelson Mail