If you're into country fairs, then make sure to head to the Adelaide Botanic Garden this Saturday and Sunday to check out the all-new Heirloom Weekend, an event that celebrates everything homegrown and natural. The emphasis on the event will be on heirloom produce, meaning traditional varieties of plants or breeds of animals not normally associated with commercial agriculture.
Being presented by the Botanic Gardens of South Australia and The Diggers Club, the Heirloom Weekend will take place from 10am through to 3pm on Saturday April 9 and Sunday April 10, with free entry to the event and all workshops.
As well as this, two masterclasses (which require pre-booking for paid tickets), a pumpkin growing competition and live music will also feature at the event to keep you busy. The first masterclass, Talking Heirlooms, covers the history and importance of heirlooms, while the second masterclass, Heritage Apples, covers the selection and growing of apples, pears, nashis and quinces. Tickets for these classes can be booked online.
Local produce will be on sale during the weekend too, with honey, preserves and fruit and vegetables all on offer. Guided walks will also be available, departing from Schomburgk Pavilion at 11am and 2pm on both days.
Botanic Gardens Interim Director, Greg Mackie, says the Heirloom Weekend offers visitors not just a fun day out, but the know-how to create fresh produce.
“We’re passionate about kitchen gardening and good food and there’s no better place to experience both than the autumn magic of Adelaide Botanic Garden,” he says.
What: Heirloom Weekend
When: Saturday April 9 and Sunday April 10, 10am - 3pm
Where: Adelaide Botanic Garden
Price: Free entry and free workshops, $35 - $45 masterclasses
Header image via Heirloom Weekend Facebook event