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Darebin Backyard Harvest Festival Back by Popular Demand!


Held annually in November, the Darebin Backyard Harvest Festival is a celebration of home food growing traditions. The festival has been inspiring home gardeners since 2011, and has become more popular with each event. Last year we had 14 residential food gardens open for display and held 5 workshops, more events than at any previous festival. A total of more than 290 people attended which is a festival record!

Learn from passionate and knowledgeable local experts from a diversity of cultures. Visit home gardens, participate in gardening workshops and get inspired to create your own food garden this spring!

The festival will run from Sunday 9 – Sunday 23 November, 2014 and includes over 16 open gardens and 7 workshops on each weekend as well as in the early evening during the week. Workshops include permaculture, composting, backyard chickens and fruit tree selection and care.

The festival is FREE for Darebin residents, $10 per event for non-Darebin residents.

Registration is required for all events. There is a limit of 4 events per person.

A printable version of the detailed program is attached below

2014 Darebin Backyard Harvest Festival Program

To view the event details and register on-line, click here 

Why not leave the car at home on Saturday 15th November and plan a fun day riding your bike to the 4 open garden tours scheduled in Reservoir and Preston?  The gardens are a comfortable riding distance apart with one possible route taking in the beautiful Darebin Creek trail. Register for all 4 events on Saturday 15th November, then contact us for a suggested self-guided bicycle route. You will need a reasonable level of confidence with on road riding.

NOTE: This is a self-guided ride and you will need to find a route that is suitable for you. The Darebin TravelSmart map highlights bike paths, bike-friendly streets and bike lanes in the area. Available from libraries, customer service centres and bike shops in Darebin, or call our Sustainable Transport Officer on 8470 8683.

For more information or questions regarding the registration process, contact Alice Potter on Ph 8470 8465 or email



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