Top Auckland restaurants collaborate to celebrate the summer harvest at Kelmarna Gardens

Ponsonby’s Kelmarna Gardens celebrates its 5th Harvest Festival on Sunday 10 March.

Chefs from Orphans Kitchen, Cazador, ParisButter & Culprit will meet over the wood-fired barbecue to create delicious food inspired by the season and the gardens, with all funds raised going to support Kelmarna Gardens’ educational and therapeutic work.

“Ever since we started growing food, in cultures around the world, humans have been congregating at the end of summer to celebrate the gathering of the harvest,” explains Festival Director Andy Boor. “Kelmarna’s Harvest Festival is an invitation to our local community to come together and share in the food that our land and our collective work have produced this summer.”

For the first time this year, Kelmarna is partnering with Stone Soup Syndicate to present the “Food Matters” discussion tent. Bringing the magazine to life, Stone Soup will curate a programme of talks and discussions featuring local growers, chefs, and others sharing their knowledge and opinions on how we can create a better food system.

A programme of educational gardening workshops and live music is on offer throughout the day, while the Kids’ Field is back with a host of farm and outdoor activities for younger locals to get stuck into. Kelmarna’s organic produce and seedlings will also be available for sale.

The Festival is excited to once-again welcome generous support from many local organic and independent food and drink businesses, offering a range of tempting treats to enjoy.

Entry is free for all, and guests are encouraged to bring picnic blankets or chairs and settle in for a fun day on the farm, right in the heart of the city.

Kelmarna Gardens Harvest Festival, 12 Hukanui Crescent

Free entry, Sunday 10 March, 10am-3pm

Visit Facebook or to book a wood-fired lunch meal and workshops, or to find out more about the Food Matters tent and other activities on the day.