Harvest is the time to enjoy autumn's fresh air with friends and family, acknowledging all that the seasons provide us. Harvest Festival starts out with a morning of gentle apple picking in the historic orchard, where we'll harvest fruit while enjoying the Eastern European harmonies of Kitka Women's Ensemble and Russian House Kedry. The celebration then moves to the historic Fort Ross compound where we'll enjoy the old-world charm of the 19th century Russian settlement. Harvest Festival runs from 10am to 5pm.
In addition to the spectacular Fort Ross-Seaview Wine Tasting and Grand Luncheon, the day offers a wide variety of activities suitable for all ages:
Song, dance, and gentle apple harvesting in the historic orchard
Horse and buggy ride
Interpretive talks by dedicated experts on the historic orchard, replica windmill, and the Alaskan marine history at Ross
Working demonstration of replica Russian-style windmill
Demonstration boat build of a traditional nigilax, an open kayak used by the Alaska Natives at Fort Ross
Food trucks with delicious seasonal fare for sale
Local samples of heirloom apples, apple cider, apple baked goods, Sonoma cheese, and more
Su Nu Nu Shinal Kashia Pomo dances
Lovely Eastern European harmonies of Kitka Women's Ensemble
Russian House Kedry demonstrating old world Russian cooking, song, and dance
Alaska Native demonstrate their crafts
Historic Russian crafts, cannon firing, communal dances.