Harvest Festival Brings Community to Alameda Point

Mia Schneider -- The winner of the pumpkin pie eating contest smashes the big pumpkin.
Mia Schneider -- The winner of the pumpkin pie eating contest smashes the big pumpkin.

Harvest Festival Brings Community to Alameda Point

The Alameda Point Collaborative (APC) Harvest Festival took place Saturday, Nov. 5, at the APC’s urban farm this year. Members of the Alameda community, volunteers, friends and family attended the festival. Guests learned about APC’s mission and volunteering opportunities at the farm and were able to check out the few small businesses who set up tables showcasing their products.

Children and their parents could pick from the wide assortment of miniature pumpkins in the arts and crafts section to paint on.

A surprise pumpkin pie eating contest was announced halfway through the festival to the excitement of many in attendance. The first-place winner was allowed to smash the giant pumpkin with a pickaxe.

The farm put up a fresh apple slice stand with homemade caramel, featuring all the different varieties of apples grown in the orchard, from Belle de Beskoop to Pink Ladies.

Pinto Bean the pig was the belle of the festival. She received many visitors at her pen who fed her the remnants of the pumpkin smash on their way to take part in the goat tours available at the farm.

Mia Schneider is an Alameda Sun intern. To reach her, contact editor@alamedasun.com.

Mia Schneider   A volunteer hands out apples and caramel at the festival.