The crispness of fall is in the air and the lovely folks at the Burton Street Community Peace Gardens
and Hood Huggers International
, dedicated to environmental and community responsibility, have decided to celebrate the equinox and bounty of autumn with the first ever Harvest Fest
On Saturday, September 22nd there will be a bevy of family-friendly activities from games, contests and classes to music and tours. The festivities start at 2pm and will go until dark and include:
- Kickoff parade through the neighborhood led by Brass Your Heart, "Asheville's Radical Marching Band"
- Live music and DJ sets on the garden stage
- Classes on medicine-making, fermenting, cider-making and more
- Food contests such as best savory dish, best sweet dish, and best preserved food judged by Asheville Food Tours
- Games like kick-ball and corn hole
- Food from Jamaican Flavors and The Hop West
- Firespinning + firehooping
- A plant garden walk
- + more!
Harvest Fest is FREE and open to all.
Burton Street Community Peace Gardens
is a labor of love project started by Safi Mahaba
and DeWayne Barton
in 2003 as a mindful response to the war that was happening in Iraq and on drugs in our country and neighborhoods.
What was an overgrown abandoned lot filled with trash is now a community gathering place with vegetable, flower, and sculpture gardens, a stage and pavilion, fire pit, cob pizza oven and more. A true gem in the Burton Street Community and Asheville as a whole.
For more information and how to get involved, vivit the Hood Huggers website
Photo by @travlavl via @peacegardener