Spectacular displays of food and flowers, live animals, farming equipment and stories will take center stage inside Ely Cathedral during the annual harvest festival this weekend, from 7 to October 9.r.
Organized by the National Farmers Union, this family-friendly event brings together local organizations and agricultural businesses to showcase the best of agriculture, including high-quality produce grown locally in the Fens. Exhibitors consist of some of the leading names in local agriculture including G’s Fresh, Cambridgeshire Beekeepers, Tompsett Growers Ltd and the National Institute of Agricultural Botany.
Some sheep supplied by farmers Mark Drew and Frances Cook from Rampton, will temporarily sit inside the cathedral over the weekend, alongside the produce and flower displays. Born in February, Alcroft Celine and Alcroft Camilla are award-winning pedigree British Galway ewes and have just been successfully shown at the Gransden Show.
This year, the theme is “Harvest Home” with a spotlight on both farmers and the food they produce. For the first time this year, there will be an exhibit featuring six Fenland farmers talking about their harvest memories and what the harvest means to them, their families and the community. Also new to this event is a special “tree of promises” inside the cathedral where members of the public can send messages of support to the farming community, after what has been a particularly difficult year for many.
This year’s event will also highlight the war in Ukraine and the impact it is having on farming families there, with a blue and yellow themed flower display. The money raised during the event will go to Ukraine Crisis Appeal.
There is no charge to enter the cathedral during the weekend to experience the harvest displays and decorations. For more information, visit www.eltcathedral.org
Ely Cathedral press release