Open Coven is proud to be sponsoring the first Harvest Fest, hosted by Burton Street Community Peace Gardens and HoodHuggers International. The collective has also be involved in the planning stages.
The event begins with a kickoff parade through the neighborhood led by Brass Your Heart followed by an afternoon of family-friendly fun to celebrate the harvest season and autumn equinox. The fest will host various musical artists on the stage in the gardens, and possibly an open-mic. Since Asheville is Foodtopia, folks will have a chance to showcase their favorite creations in the Blue Ribbon Contest: best savory dish-best sweet dish-best preserved food, judged by Asheville Food Tours (prizes for 1st, 2nd & runner up). Afternoon festivities include kickball and yard games (corn hole etc.) and food/ice cream from Jamaican Flavors and The Hop West, respectively. To honor the garden/harvest theme, we’ll have a plant walk through the neighborhood, as well as classes on medicine-making, fermenting, etc.
Open Coven's contributions to this day will include a demo on medicine making and conducting a closing, participatory ritual to honor the Autumn Equionx AKA MAbon. This has been a wonderful collaboration and we love the work of both the Peace Gardens and HoodHuggers International.