Festival goers mingle with the scarecrows and with one another. Photo courtesy of Piedmont Harvest Festival.

Festival goers mingle with the scarecrows and with one another. Photo courtesy of Piedmont Harvest Festival.

Carnival games, silly scarecrows, and homemade lemonade are just the beginning at this favorite Piedmont event, now in its 17th year. If you like to cook, bake, preserve, or garden, consider entering a food you’ve prepared or grown in the festival’s popular Edibles Contest. This year, Edible East Bay publisher and editor Cheryl Koehler is one of the judges, and she can’t wait for the tasting to begin! Other festival highlights include Scarecrow Alley, the tri-school carnival, jazz festival, art show in the Japanese Tea Garden, food trucks, and produce by Village Market. Info: here

Piedmont Harvest Festival
Sunday September 27, 11am–4pm (carnival closes at 3pm)
Piedmont Community Center
711 Highland Ave, Oakland

Photos at right: Be sure to visit the scarecrows and check out the Edibles Contest. Images courtesy of Piedmont Harvest Festival.