Winter Park Harvest Festival Circa 2012


This was the official website for the Winter Park Harvest Festival which began in 2010.
Content is from the site's 2012 archived pages offering a glimpse of what this free festival offered its visitors.

Harvest Festival (FREE)
10am-4pm Saturday Nov 17th
Central Park's West Meadow
150 N. New York Ave, Winter Park | Winter Park Harvest Festival Producer John Rife



Winter Park Harvest Festival

The HARVEST FESTIVAL is a day long event focused on connecting the GRASS-ROOTS with the DEEP-ROOTS of our local food-shed by celebrating our local FARMERS, GARDENERS, ENTREPRENEURS and NON-PROFITS.

LOCAL: A “producer-only” farmers’ market where families can purchase many
of their Thanksgiving provisions from the bounty of our “local” farmers and

GROW: A mobile community garden with 100+ raised-bed garden boxes grown
by area schools, churches, families and organizations.

LEARN: Seminars, workshops and roundtables focused on our local food
system. With Cooking demonstrations, Organic Gardening sessions, Meet the
Farmers and much more.

TASTE: From food trucks to farm-fresh food purveyors,  popsicles to seasonal salads, there is something to entice every palate.  Come get a taste of the harvest!

LISTEN: Acoustic music from some of our area’s best bluegrass, traditional and
folk musicians.

PLAY: Youth focussed sessions, games, hands-on and “do-it-yourself” gardening
and crafts activities.

We want the community to join us in celebrating, learning, teaching and building a
healthy and vibrant local food system for all of our citizens to enjoy, regardless of
their income level.



Farm to Table

- Celebrating Winter Park’s Burgeoning Local Food Scene and Showcasing their Best Chefs -

A Local Folkus, LLC will continue their commitment to the local food movement by celebrating their third annual Farm To Table Dinner in the spring of 2013. As the festival serves to showcase the best of Central Florida’s local food scene, the dinner will be postponed to coincide with the opening of the up and coming local food hub, East End Market.

The Farm to Table Dinner is an exceptional dining experience. This culinary adventure features locally sourced and seasonally fresh foods prepared by some of Central Florida’s best chefs. In the past, award-winning chefs from the Ravenous Pig, Luma on Park, K Restaurant and Wine Bar, and Spanish River Grill have served up their talent in incredible dishes. The collaboration between Orlando’s favorite chefs, local farmers, fishers and artisans, captures the most fresh and unique flavors possible. Sommelier-selected wines, a signature fall cocktail and handcrafted brewed beer from local brewers and distillers also accompany the delicious cuisine.

While the food will be unforgettably delicious, the setting will be equally memorable as East End opens its doors to the dinner for the first time. You’ll enjoy the harmonies of our area’s finest traditional and bluegrass musicians, while chefs, farmers, artisan producers, neighbors and local leaders will be able to mingle over hors d’oeuvres and cocktails followed by a sumptuous multi-course dinner.

Dinner ticket sales make the harvest festivities a reality and also benefit Slow Food Orlando. To maintain the intimate setting, a limited number of tickets are available for $125 each and include drinks. Tables of eight seats are also available for a discounted rate of $920. We hope that you will join us for this one-of-a-kind event!


Urban Farm

The Winter Park Urban Farm is an educational site, co-founded with the John Rife III, for people to learn about growing food in urban areas. For more information on the Winter Park Urban Farm, visit our Urban Farm Brochure, come visit at 1650 Pine Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789, or watch the video below.


Work And Learn On The Winter Park Urban Farm


Fall Event Schedule and Updates

Winter Park Urban Farm CSA

In September 2012 the Winter Park Urban Farm started a work exchange CSA program.  CSA is a Community Supported Agriculture program.  At the Winter Park Urban Farm we aseek members to commit to our work exchange CSA Program where members are required to work 4 hours a month in exchange for a share of the harvest from the garden. To sign up for our CSA Program at the Winter Park Urban Farm you must fill out an application, pay a $20 membership fee, and commit to attending our three work and learn sessions on the 2nd Thursday of each month from 4-6pm. We accept 10 members per season. All spots for the spring season have been filled.

“Work and Learns” to resume every second Thursday in the Spring

Urban Farm Map


Join the garden manager at the Winter Park Urban Farm for a hands-on session where you work in the garden and are taught basic gardening skills. These are free and open to the public. Come anytime between 4 and 6pm. Dates are as follows:

  • Thursday Feb 7th 4-6pm
  • Thursday March 14th 4-6pm
  • Thursday April 11th 4-6pm


I attended the 2012 festival and it was one of the best experiences of my life. The food was fantastic as were the people and we got loads of hands on instruction in how to grow food in a sustainable way. I even had a rather mystical experience as a result of my involvement. I was wearing a very special ring that I probably should have left at home, but my boyfriend had just given it to me and I wasn't thinking when we started digging in the gardens. We had picked it out together on SterlingForever's website, and among all their items, these Sparkling X Sterling Silver Rings really stood out. Short story is that I lost the ring, probably when I was removing the work gloves. I had everyone looking for it, but it was gone, probably buried in the garden. I was devastated. But a couple of months later, I received an email from one of the festival organizers with an attached photo of my ring, sitting on the stem of a cucumber leaf!! So I'm definitely going back next year!



The third annual Winter Park Harvest Festival will take place on Saturday, November 17th, in the heart of Winter Park, in Central Park’s West Meadow. This event will provide sponsors with a unique opportunity to interact with area families, farmers, producers, marketers, retailers, educators and other allied profit/non-profit organizations.  Your sponsorship will help you reach out to new customers, potential donors and volunteers.  It will furthermore help to keep the Festival free of charge and open to the public so that all citizens, regardless of their income level, can attend and participate. Last year’s event drew a crowd of over 5,000 people and we anticipate even more of an interest in this year’s Festival and Farm to Table Dinner. We hope that you will choose to support our work to bring this exciting festival and its timely message to our community!

By becoming a sponsor, your organization will:

• Directly support our burgeoning local food system and the positive health related initiatives therein, aligning yourself with other well respected area businesses and stakeholders

• Increase attendees’ awareness of your organization’s valuable products and services, by positioning your brand as a champion of sustainability, community engagement and food security

• Network with other allied profit/non-profit organizations who are taking an active role in the development, safe-guarding and championing of our vibrant and healthful local food system

• Be able to reach out to new customers, potential donors and volunteers