Don’t let the umbrella’s (pictured above) fool you. We have had a lot of rain recently, so no doubt many would have wondered what the Werribee Harvest Picnic’s fate would be? All email newsletters & Facebook updates from the Harvest Picnic folk (in the lead up to today) kept insisting “It rarely rains at Werribee Park.. so ignore the forecast”. These reassuring words made us chuckle because as much as
we I didn’t want to cancel because of weather, how can anyone tell (especially in Victoria) what the weather will be like on the day? I did buy a $2.00 plastic poncho with hood (on the way) but I used it mostly as a large, waterproof bib. When you’re sampling food on toothpicks, oopsies happen! I saved myself from a few mayo and tapenade splotches. The (pictured) colourful, technicolour umbrella reminded me of paint swatches from Dulux or something . Hubby joked that I was taking a photo of the man with his hand up, waving. I thought the man was strangely standing on a box, waving to people..but as it happens he was just a very tall man!
So we headed off today ready for rain and prepared to come home with muddy shoes, however we didn’t get wet and our shoes are clean! There might have been a very light shower here and there that lasted seconds, but then it stopped. All was well and it seemed everything was business as usual. The forecast didn’t really keep many people away at all. And we had a good time!
I forgot to photograph a $4 tub of fresh, mixed olives I bought from the ‘Manzanillo Grove’ stall. There are always many different olive oil exhibitor’s on the day, all offering dipping breads & oil samples, it’s a great place to stock-up on olive oil and try before you buy. There are so many exhibitor’s I haven’t included here simply because it wouldn’t be practical on my blog & we didn’t buy from everyone!
Just to give you an idea.. other exhibitors included: Saltbush Lamb, Lilydale free range chicken, German gourmet sausages, Turkish gozleme, Paella Pan, various breweries & wineries, cheeses, breads, honey, preserves, fresh cherry stalls, mushrooms, strawberries, citrus fruits & berries, premium icecreams, premium puddings, cordials, Sangria & churros, premium coffee and books for cooks! And plenty of places to choose your lunch with stacks of healthy options among the fried, sweet and rich food. One thing we missed out on was rabbit! Apparantly one of the brewery stalls had rabbit pies but I read about them afterwards in my picnic program.
Tickets to The Age Harvest Picnic if you buy them online in advance are: Adults $20 or Concession $15. Children 15 and under are free! Your ticket includes a copy of The Age newspaper and a reusable tote/carry bag. Tickets can be purchased on the day but they’re $5 more for both Concession and Non-Concession. The cheapest way to go is gather a group of 10 (or more) and pre-purchase your tickets online for $15 a pop! We saw plenty of groups with gazebo’s and marquee’s set up around Werribee park. If you’re from Victoria & can’t wait until next year for Werribee’s picnic, maybe think about having a picnic at Hanging Rock in the new year?