Supporting business, community, partnerships and diversity

We love Palmwoods – it has a friendly community, a sense of history, and is a great place to raise a family.

Today, as it was in its early history (the late 1880s), the local economy thrives on farming, fine food places, and tourism. The Palmwoods Spring Harvest Festival, established in 2017, was created to connect the growing community and enjoy a celebration of the rich culture of this special town.  

“The 2021 Palmwoods Spring Harvest Festival is an opportunity for residents and visitors to experience this town’s approach to life,” said Palmwoods Community Business Association (PCBA) Vice President, Jenny McCafferty.

“We have an authentic and unique heritage precinct to share, a multicultural community, fresh produce, local bespoke industries, and visitors can enjoy seeing local creative artists in a range of interactive workshops and events.”

Due to the huge success of the festival in 2019, businesses and community groups are keen to participate. 

This year the festival has been extended to four weeks to enable a spread of activities with minimal overlap. The festival will take place from the first day of spring until September 26, 2021. 

The longer festival will enable better timeframes for families on budgets and activate partnerships between business and community groups, particularly by incorporating part of the school holiday period.

“The timing of events will include various times of the day and week so that as many people as possible are able to participate,” explained Jenny.

“We aim to support the creative arts and foster lifelong learning and creativity within the community, and promote social inclusion and friendship through small workshops, activities, and social events.

“Ultimately, we want to create a sense of belonging.”

You can give your tastebuds a treat with a fully catered Harvest Dinner on Picabeen Green; celebrate at the Spring Harvest Ball; join the family movie night; take part in free and ticketed activities and workshops; sample local produce; enjoy live music and entertainment, and take part in literary, health, fitness and sustainability workshops.

“There is so much to experience in this wonderful town,” said Jenny. “And we are delighted to be able to support so many who have been hit so hard by Covid restrictions.” 

The program will, wherever possible, be provided by local contractors and suppliers. It will also include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and multicultural elements, such as art, music, food, and storytelling. 

Locations will include local shops, the Tin Shed, Home Grown Café Garden, the community garden, local halls, local parks, and Palmwoods Piccabeen Green Town Square. 

“It’s a special month, all about connecting people and celebrating our unique town,” Jenny smiled.

The Spring Harvest Festival program is available on Facebook: palmwoodsspringharvest