Harvest Celebration

A three-day harvest event in the Market Hall, with activities for all ages

To celebrate the arrival of autumn, this October half term Borough is hosting a three-day harvest event in the Market Hall from Thursday 24th October to Saturday 26th October, with activities for all ages.

There’ll be face painting, storytelling and cooking demonstrations on all three days, in which visitors can learn about seasonal produce and heritage varieties of fruit and veg—as well as pick up tips and tricks on how to grow them and cook with them—or brush up on their pumpkin carving skills in time for Halloween, with a demonstration from Borough trader Turnips.

Over the course of the event, members of the public are invited to bring in apples from their gardens, allotments and school yards, as well as any sitting in fridges and fruit bowls that might otherwise go to waste, which will go towards making a community cider and a small amount of apple juice. Visitors will be able to watch as The Cider House begins the process there and then. Contributors will be given a token entitling them to money off when the finished drinks go on sale in April 2020. All proceeds will go towards supporting Borough’s community work.

The event will take place from 11am to 4pm each day with Borough Market’s neighbour Southwark Cathedral kicking off proceedings with a short act of harvest worship on the first day. Joining us at the Demo Kitchen we have Angela Clutton cooking a range of desserts using the season’s best on Thursday, Kate Young making dishes that feature in famous books talking about the harvest on Friday and Luke Mackay showing us what to do with surplus on Saturday. Other highlights include local children having a go at being traders for the day with a stall selling school-grown produce, as part of the Market’s ongoing partnership with School Food Matters, and planting sessions with horticulturalist, landscaper and ex-Blue Peter gardener Chris Collins