Come with me to the apple orchard. It’s a mid-autumn afternoon – the weather is misty, but not cold, and the skies are grey with the promise of rain.
The apple orchard opens out in front of us and we are greeted with warm smiles. We’re handed a glass of freshly pressed apple juice, made with apples from the orchard that we now see. It almost seems endless, the rows upon rows of apple trees.
It’s late in the season and the trees have been picked almost bare. We are sent deep into the back left of the orchard in search of untouched trees heavy with fruit. And we’re in luck. Not only do we find apples ripe for picking, but a picnic feast of autumnal foods like none we’ve ever seen before.
This isn’t just any regular picnic feast – this is The Harvest Society.
The Harvest Society brings a new kind of event to the Canberra region. In the words of creators Kate and Lean, ‘the ethos is simple: to bring creatively diverse yet like-hearted individuals together for beautiful, seasonal and immersive events in celebration of our local harvests.’
My heart sang when the invite arrived in my inbox. It was to be the very first event for The Harvest Society, an opportunity to connect and celebrate the changing seasons over good food and inspiring conversation, right here in Canberra.
The inaugural autumn event was held at Tanbella Orchard in Pialligo a few weeks ago. And I wasn’t lying when I said it was no regular picnic – Kate and Lean put on the most beautiful, well-considered afternoon for us.
We wandered the orchard picking apples and sipping our freshly pressed juice. We made friends and new connections as we nibbled away at the most beautiful cheese table in all the land. Conversation flowed easily as we discussed what to try next and compared notes on our perfect cheese to quince paste ratio.
We left just as the rain started to fall from the sky, but not without our arms full of apples, our hearts full of happy and our bellies full of cheese and cake.
It was lovely to connect with Kate and Lean in the real world (their respective instagram accounts are absolutely stunning, see here and here). And I was excited for the opportunity to support their new venture, not only as a guest, but also as a sponsor.
On our way out through the orchard we each received a little bag of goodies to take home. And inside, among other gorgeous treats, was a box of tealight candles from Song of Oya, my newly launched candle company. Our limited edition apple cinnamon scent couldn’t have been more perfect for the autumnal event.
All in all, it was a pretty special afternoon, the start of something beautiful. And let’s be real, there are few things in life that I love more than chatting around a good cheese board.
– Bec x