Celebrate the Fall Season at Whiskeytown’s 2nd Annual Harvest Festival

Whiskeytown National Recreation Area staff and the Friends of Whiskeytown invite visitors to join us for the 2nd Annual Harvest Festival on September 22, 2012, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at the park’s Tower House Historic District.  This fun and family-friendly event will feature apple tasting, an apple-themed bake-off contest, games for all ages, and tours of the historic Camden House and orchards.  Additionally, the festival will also offer a tour by world-renowned arborist Rico Montenegro, who will speak about ongoing efforts to restore and manage the historic orchards in the Tower House Historic District.

Over 15 varieties of apples will be available for tasting, all of which are heirloom cultivars, planted in the mid and late 19th century by Charles Camden and Levi Tower.  These cultivars were grown organically, possess unique characteristics and are not found in modern apple varieties.

The bake-off will be judged by a local panel that include representatives from the culinary industry- prizes will be awarded to those with the best tasting creations. Please include the recipe for your dish, as it will be compiled into a harvest-themed cookbook, featuring historic Whiskeytown recipes from the journals of early settlers.

Visitors can park in the Tower House Historic District parking lot and follow the footpath to the Camden House where the festivities will be held. The day-use fee will be waived for those participating in the Harvest Festival event. For more information, please contact Danica Willis at (530) 242-3438.  For more information about Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, please call or stop by the visitor center, or visit the park website at www.nps.gov/whis