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Thousands flock to Harvest Festival for a weekend of local delights
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The Central Coast came alive over the June long weekend, with the Harvest Festival, once again attracting thousands of visitors, and injecting millions of dollars into the local economy.

Over two glorious days, this year’s Festival provided a unique experience with over 30 event hubs offering an authentic glimpse behind the farm gate and delivering a vibrant celebration of local produce, entertainment, and fun.

Central Coast Council Director of Community and Recreation Services, Melanie Smith, said visitors were able to explore nine picturesque rural communities and their heritage villages, including Dooralong, Jilliby, Yarramalong, Wyong Creek, Kulnura, Mangrove Mountain, Peats Ridge, Somersby, and Spencer.

"Once again the Harvest Festival truly had something for everyone, from farm-to-table dining and 'pick your own' adventures, to nursery tours, food and beverage tastings, workshops, farm tours, and live music," Ms. Smith said.

"We're thrilled to announce that despite the current cost-of-living pressures on many in the community, this year’s Harvest Festival drew an estimated 51,000 attendees over the long weekend, resulting in an economic boost of $6.1 million for our region. 

“Importantly, the participating hubs received positive feedback from both local attendees and visitors from Sydney and other areas."

Council Administrator Rik Hart said the annual Harvest Festival is a significant contributor to the local economy, promoting sustainable farming and showcasing the rural charm of the Central Coast.

"While the Central Coast is often known for its stunning beaches, the Harvest Festival highlights the natural beauty and rich agricultural heritage of our hinterland, celebrating our local growers and producers," Mr Hart said.

"This event not only brings the community together and attracts visitors to the Central Coast, but it also provides a substantial boost to our tourism industry and injects millions into our local economy."

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