Winchester Cathedral celebrates harvest festival weekend

Winchester Cathedral celebrates harvest festival weekend

Winchester Cathedral celebrates harvest festival weekend

First published in News

AS the days draw shorter and farmers bring in the last of this summer's produce, Winchester celebrates the best of Hampshire's farming and agriculture this weekend.

There will be something for everyone at Winchester Cathedral's harvest festival, including a birds of prey demonstration, harvest themes crafts, horse drawn wagon rides, face painting, Morris dancing, live music and a chance to meet farm animals.

Sparsholt College, The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution and the National Farmers Union will be displaying their produce, and the Hampshire farmer's market will be selling their usual range of local goods.

The event will run into this evening with a BBQ and harvest country dance.

Food will be a highlight again tomorrow as the Dean hosts a two-course harvest lunch, made with fresh seasonal local produce.

Diners will also be treated to a talk by Julian Gibbons, Chairman of the Hampshire branch of the National Farmers Union.

The event will come to a close with a special county harvest festival service, starting at 3:30pm tomorrow, which will include an interview by newscaster and television presenter, Alistair Stewart, and talks by all three representatives of the agricultural community and the Bishop of Winchester, the Right Reverend Tim Dakin.

To buy tickets for tonight's country dance, at £5 for adults and £2.50 for children, or for tomorrow's lunch, at £13.95, contact Winchester Cathedral on 01962 857 275 or visit: www.winchester-cathedral.org.uk.

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10:02am Sat 6 Oct 12

Scrutinizer says...

A few years ago (when you could still visit the Cathedral with no set-up at the entrance overbearingly pressurising you to pay), I used to regularly eat in the Cathedral Refectory, just opposite. I absolutely loved the hot pud's in there! I'll always remember, that one of the volunteer women, who was serving at the hot plate counter - a very nice, down-to-earth lady, rather different to some of the posh and slightly stuck-up types who were also in there - used to allow me the 'special priviledge' of helping myself to the custard jug! Unfortunately (for me, anyway!), she eventually retired, and then surprise, surprise, it eventually changed management and they had to go and mess (inevitably!) around with the menu... Shame. Still, I believe they are still doing their nice cheese scones in there though.
A few years ago (when you could still visit the Cathedral with no set-up at the entrance overbearingly pressurising you to pay), I used to regularly eat in the Cathedral Refectory, just opposite. I absolutely loved the hot pud's in there! I'll always remember, that one of the volunteer women, who was serving at the hot plate counter - a very nice, down-to-earth lady, rather different to some of the posh and slightly stuck-up types who were also in there - used to allow me the 'special priviledge' of helping myself to the custard jug! Unfortunately (for me, anyway!), she eventually retired, and then surprise, surprise, it eventually changed management and they had to go and mess (inevitably!) around with the menu... Shame. Still, I believe they are still doing their nice cheese scones in there though. Scrutinizer
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