After the success of The Greatest Online Ag Show earlier this year, event organiser David Hill has planned a virtual harvest festival to bring the farming community together during the continued pandemic.
Held on May 2, The Greatest Online Ag Show raised over £16,000 for R.A.B.I, RSABI, FCN, the DPJ Foundation and YANA. More than 5,000 people visited the show website, which featured video displays, trade stands, livestock shows and a virtual beer tent.
The harvest festival aims to bring the celebration of the harvest into people’s homes while restrictions are still in place. It will take place entirely online on October 3 via the website www.onlineagshow.co.uk.
Opening at 12pm, the show will feature cook-alongs via Zoom, a harvest debate chaired by Farming Today presenter Anna Hill and a communal harvest supper. Bishop of Ripon Helen-Ann Hartley will lead a multi-faith service.
People can also enter a wheatsheaf baking competition by sharing a photo/video of the bread on social media. The competition categories are: under 12s, over 12s and pros. Charlotte Smith, freelance journalist and broadcaster for Farming Today, will judge the competition during the festival. Find out more about the contest on Twitter.
The festival will end with drinks in the virtual beer tent with music from Disco Jackers.
“It’s been a difficult year in farming as across the board,” said David via Twitter. “Join us for a huge virtual social event for all, celebrating the spirit of harvest. We would love to see you all there.”