Riverton harvest in the spotlight

HARVEST ENSEMBLE:  Isla MacCallum, 6,  left, Heidi Robinson, 5, Sam Pratt, 9, and Angus MacCallum, 10, get ready for the Riverton Harvest Festival, which is being held this weekend.
HARVEST ENSEMBLE: Isla MacCallum, 6, left, Heidi Robinson, 5, Sam Pratt, 9, and Angus MacCallum, 10, get ready for the Riverton Harvest Festival, which is being held this weekend.

Pumpkins, apples and potatoes of all kinds - it's time again for Riverton's annual Harvest Festival.

Showcasing Southland's home-grown produce, the festival aims to encourage people to grow and harvest produce right from their own backyard.

Festival co-ordinator Robyn Guyton said the festival was unique in Southland in that it was more of an educational experience. There were workshops on a variety of things, such as making cider, preserving jams and starting your own vege garden, she said.

Riverton Harvest Festival
Riverton Harvest Festival

Now in its sixth year, the festival was growing exponentially every year, she said.

"Every year it gets richer in quantity." Entry is by gold coin donation, though workshops would incur a small fee, she said.

The festival will be held at Aparima College today and tomorrow.

The Southland Times