IT WILL be an eclectic mix of produce with everything from gigantic home-grown pickled zucchini, fresh pizza to organic sheep manure on show.
Hundreds of green thumbs and foodies alike are expected to flock to the Ballarat Community Garden this Sunday for the annual Harvest Festival.
Ballarat Community Garden chairman Sheilagh Kentish said volunteers had been working tirelessly to ensure the garden was ready in time to open its gates on Sunday.
Last year, 800 people attended the garden event, raising more than $4000, but this year Ms Kentish said she hoped for 1000 visitors.
The event will include live entertainment, fresh and organic food and plant stalls.
There will also be cooking classes held by the city’s leading chefs, with garden-to-plate demonstrations.
“It’s about using fresh, healthy produce to make delicious food,” Ms Kentish said.
She said the highlights would include music by the Funky Turtles, Martin Scuffins and Friends and the Thursday Night Choir.
“There is something for every age,” she said. “Whether it be a family wanting to spend the days outdoors in the sun or people who just love gardening and food, it is just a lovely, relaxing way to spend a Sunday in the community.”
There will also be stalls overflowing with home-made preserves, cakes, slices, sausages and plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables for sale.
AT A GLANCE
What: Annual Harvest Festival
Where: At the Ballarat Community Garden on the corner of Dyte Parade and Queen Street, Ballarat
When: Sunday, from 11am to 3pm