Central Coast Council reports record attendance and $8-million windfall from 2019 Harvest Festival

The Harvest Festival attracted more than 32,000 people over the June long weekend, injecting an estimated $8 million in the local economy, Central Coast Council said.

The long weekend filled with farms, friends, food and fun in the picturesque Central Coast hinterland had become an annual highlight for the region, the council said.

Acting community partnerships manager, Kerrie Forrest, said attendance numbers were up 100 per cent for the third annual Harvest Festival.

"Harvest Festival keeps getting bigger and better - we had record attendance numbers of over 32,000 this year, up from 16,000 in 2018," Ms Forrest said.

"Locals and visitors explored eight rural farming communities and their picturesque heritage villages and participated in a host of fun activities across a weekend blessed with fabulous winter weather."

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Mayor Jane Smith said seeing such support for the festival and the region's unique and beautiful hinterland areas and quality produce was gratifying.

"Events such as this help to ensure the future of this vibrant industry which provides local employment opportunities, highlights sustainable farming practices and makes a great contribution to our economy," Cr Smith said.

"The festival is important for tourism too - over $8 million will have been injected directly into our economy over the weekend.

"Tourism is a significant industry on the Coast and an area where we are committed to growing more jobs and opportunities.

"The focus has always been, for obvious reasons, on promoting our natural resources.

"The Harvest Festival is a great example of how we can create tourism opportunities that protect the local character and environment of our region."

Harvest Festival invited attendees to explore Dooralong, Jilliby, Yarramalong, Kulnura, Mangrove Mountain, Peats Ridge, Somersby and Calga.

Event activities across the two days included fresh food and country markets, food and wine, factory tours, bush tucker tours, working farm tours and the popular 'pick your own pecans' and tree-shaking demonstrations.

Harvest Festival is supported by the state government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.

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