Harvest Traditions and Events in Cornwall
The Cornish have a special relationship with the harvest season – the local seasonal festival, Guldize, included the ceremony of Crying the Neck, which involved creating a corn dolly that presided over the annual feast.
Guldize has recently been revived in Penzance and in other locations around the region. We’ve also listed some other fantastic harvest events for those coming to stay in either of our Cornwall properties, Fowey Hall Hotel and Polurrian Bay Hotel, over the coming weeks. Some are child-friendly – September and October are a wonderful time to book a family break, after the summer crowds have faded away, along with the high-season prices.
Guldize 2014, Penzance, 20th September
Penzance’s annual harvest procession of the 'neck' leaves the Yacht Inn at 7.30pm and arrives at the Admiral Benbow at around 8pm for the harvest feast. All are welcome, with guests asked to bring musical instruments and dancing shoes and perhaps even dress in a farming/rustic style with leaf and berry decorations. The feast will include an auction of outsize/odd-shaped vegetables and other produce.
Harvest Festival, Eden Project, 6th September–5th October
This year, celebrity chefs giving demonstrations at one of Cornwall’s best food festivals, held in one of the region’s top tourist attractions, will include Antonio Carluccio, Allegra McEvedy and Jack Monroe. Among the highlights are a Chilli Weekend and a Beer, Wine and Cider Week.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan Harvest, 27th September to 12th October
Each year this restored productive gardens and pleasure grounds with its pioneering Wildlife Project hosts spectacular harvest displays presenting the fruits of its year - and also inviting you to sample some of it in the home-made seasonal dishes served up in its lovely tea room.