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Harvest Festival ~ Saturday, October 6

Harvest Festival ~ Saturday, October 6

James Bay Community Market Harvest Festival

Saturday, October 6, 2012 from 9am-3pm

  • 2nd Annual Apple Pie Contest
  • Apple display, interesting facts and recipe ideas
  • Apple collage & candle holder crafts for the kids
  • Apple cider press demonstration & testers
  • Boiled corn seasoned with Salish Sea Salts
  • Pakki from the Chamas Art Collective will be
    offering samples of traditional bannock bread
  • Chicken craps fundraiser with mini prize table
  • Raffles baskets full of great prizes!
  • Skip Kennedy will be demonstrating the ancient art of forging metal and showcasing an
    antique display case filled with Hudson Bay artifacts and antique blacksmith work.
  • Flax Linen Project – From Flax to Fabric Demonstration
  • Live music & entertainment

To wrap up the summer’s harvest, James Bay Market is hosting a celebration of apples on Saturday, October 6th.

Essentially a celebration of the crops, fruit and vegetables grown on the land, Harvest Festivals are celebrated in various forms right across the world. Its origins go back thousands of years, and in Britain people have given thanks for a good harvest since pagan times.

At this special Harvest Festival you will find a vast assortment of locally grown apples, cider pressing demonstrations, and an apple pie contest. Everyone is invited to bake an apple pie for the competition. If you’re not a baker you can just sample some of the entries which is equally fun.

Apple Pie Contest Rules and Entry Requirements are as Follows:

  • Pies must be entirely homemade from scratch.
    (crusts must be homemade, and the filling can’t be store bought)
  • This is an apple pie contest which means the pie filling must contain apples
    (although additional flavors and ingredients are welcome)  
  • Pies will be judged on appearance, crust, filling, flavor,
    creativity and overall wow factor. 
  • All pies must be entered no later than 11 AM on October 6, 2012 
  • If you have any questions, or wish to pre-register your pie contact Sarah at 
  • Once you enter your pie in the contest you are agreeing that James Bay Market has the right to use the pie for tasting, sampling, judging and fundraising. 

Pie Champion bragging rights and  great prizes to be won.  Good Luck!

By now we all have come to know and expect that the James Bay Market hosts some of Victoria’s best local talent all season long and Saturday, October 6th is no exception with music from Dylan Stone starting at 1pm

(There will be music all day starting at 9am.. artists TBA)

Of course, there will also be an apple-themed raffle basket, and in keeping with the heritage feeling, a blacksmith will be on site, demonstrating his trade. To further whet your appetite, you will have the chance to purchase freshly cooked corn on the cob for a real taste of autumn!

Before heading off to the supermarket on Saturday mornings, swing by James Bay Market first to support your local farmers and small businesses. Bring the whole family and plan to stay a while to enjoy the music, the demonstrations and the delicious food. For more information, visit the James Bay Market website at or email

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