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Harcourt Applefest 2017

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Saturday 11 March 2017

Market * Kids Karnival * Art Show * Apple Pie * Pool Party * Regional Wines * Craft Beer & Cider * Live Entertainment

Stanley Park, High Street, Harcourt, 3453


Region’s Best Artisan Wares.

Renowned Local Produce.

Award-Winning Wines.

Craft Cider + Beer.

Food Vans.



Entertainment, activities, amusements and rides, for ages 2 to 18. Kids will enjoy 5 hours of fun and adventure while you take in the best of the Harcourt Applefest.


Kids Karnival tickets are available online via



The Harcourt Applefest 2017 Art Show presents paintings in the small works format.

With eight award categories, the field is competitive and the quality is high.

The exhibition takes place at the ANA Hall, from 10th to 13th March 2017.



9:30 – 10:00     Thompson’s Foundry Band
9:45 –  10:15     Pet Parade
10:15 – 10:30     Ferret Race
10:45 – 10:50     Katherine Seppings
10:50 – 11:15 Maya
11:15 – 11:45 Kashmir Belly Dancing
11:45 – Noon School Choir
12:00 – 12:30 Official Opening
12:30 – 12:45 Castlemaine Pipe Band
1:00  – 1:45 King Stone
1:45  – 2:00 Apple Pie Baking Competition
2:00 – 2:45 Khristian Mizzi
2:45 – 3:30 Apple Pie Eating Competition
3:30 – 4:15 Temple of Tunes


The Applefest Apple Pie Baking Competition is a delicious institution.

Get your baked goods judged among the best in the region.

The six categories include Apple Pie, Apple Cake and Apple Muffins. All are welcome to enter, with awards for both adult and junior bakers.

There are three basic criteria for apple pies to keep it delectably real:

  1. Pies must have a bottom and a top crust.
  2. Commercial mix and bought pastry are forbidden.
  3. Present it on the plate or dish on which it was baked.

The rules for muffins also emphasise yummy authenticity:

  1. Must be made from scratch. No packet mixes.
  2. Judged on evenness of baking, moisture, texture and appearance.
  3. Four muffins must be provided for judging.

Winners are announced at 1pm. Often times, award winners have their wares available for sale at one of the market stalls. That way, everyone can get a piece of the best pie in town!

Are you in? That’s the way! You’ll need an Entry Form.


Be sure to read the conditions of entry on the form. Bring the completed form along with you on the day.

Want to be a judge? Too late—that’s gotta be the most sought after seat this side of the ‘Spinning Around’ music video.



1 hour north of Melbourne.
20 minutes south of Bendigo.
10 minutes from historic Castlemaine.
Harcourt is home to some of Victoria’s most beautiful countryside…
…and the nations best apples. Red. Green. Good eating. Great cider.

To help you plan your arrival, a map of official road closures will be made available closer to the event date. Closures for the current event are yet to be approved, but we can show you road closures from previous years as an example.

If you’re a fan of Apples, you’re gonna love Applefest. If you love Applefest, you’re gonna be totally seduced by Harcourt. Check out the Harcourt Valley Community Website.


Applefest is into its 26th year. It started as a celebration of the apple harvest. It stays true to those roots even as its focus broadens. The modern Harcourt Applefest celebrates all local produce and community endeavour. These days, there’s a place for newer ventures like wine, cider and delicacies too.

With this expanded field of interest, the festival has become larger too. The market and entertainment get bigger and better each year. So too, we always welcome an ever-increasing number of visitors from near and far.

On  Saturday, 11 March 2017, the warm air will again be alive with cider fizz.

There’ll be heaps on for everyone. Especially ones who like apples. All the favourites will be back and better. Features include the renowned annual Market, the Kids Karnival, Art Show, Apple Pie, Pool Party and a full-day of Live Entertainment.

Harcourt Applefest 2017 is made possible by a long list of volunteers and sponsors. Thanks to all involved, from first thoughts through to final ciders.