Soquel Creek Water District’s 5th annual Water Harvest Festival brings together residents, non-profits and community organizations to educate, inspire, and empower families to make a positive impact on their local water resources. The 2023 Water Harvest Festival is set to make a splash at its new location, Chanticleer County Park (Leo’s Haven), on Saturday, October 14th, from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm.
Since its inception in 2018, the Water Harvest Festival has grown into a dynamic showcase of water-related activities and educational experiences. The festival was the brainchild of District staff members who aimed to create an engaging platform for children and families to learn about water resources and conservation in a fun and interactive way. This vision has led to the festival's success over the years, drawing inspiration from similar events hosted by sister agencies.
This year's festival promises to be bigger and better than ever. Among the exciting additions is the Pure Water Kombucha tasting, a collaboration with the Orange County Water District (OCWD) and local enterprise Living Swell Kombucha Co. Festival-goers will have the opportunity to savor a unique kombucha crafted exclusively for the Soquel Creek Water District, utilizing OCWD’s purified water. This marks the first time kombucha has been created using purified water, and the result is a vibrant blue-hued beverage that's as refreshing as it is innovative.
Adding to the festival's energetic atmosphere will be two new performers—SambaDá and Singing Wind Marimba. Their lively and rhythmic acts promise to captivate the diverse crowd, elevating the festive spirit of the event.
With the participation of 20 organizations, the festival's lineup of water-themed activities is truly impressive. Each organization brings its unique contribution to educate and engage attendees on various aspects of water conservation and awareness. Children will also have the chance to embark on a passport adventure, collecting stamps from different booths with their families. These stamps can then be turned in for raffle tickets, offering them the chance to win exciting prizes generously contributed by local organizations and businesses.
In keeping with tradition, the festival offers free face painting for all attendees, adding a touch of creativity to the event. Foodies are also in for a treat, as two food trucks will be on-site to satisfy cravings and provide sustenance throughout the day.
"We are thrilled to invite individuals and families to join us at the 2023 Water Harvest Festival," said Mackenzie Morris, District Communications Specialist and Chair of the event. "This event is a testament to the power of community and the shared commitment to water conservation and education. With the support of local organizations, performers, and sponsors, we are confident that this year's festival will be an unforgettable experience for all."
Whether attendees are sipping on innovative Pure Water Kombucha, enjoying captivating performances, or exploring the myriad water-themed activities, one thing is certain—this festival will not only entertain but also inspire a deeper appreciation for our most precious resource: water. We hope to see you there!
You can follow event details at soquelcreekwater.org.org/WHF