Dundas’ Greenbelt Harvest Picnic Locks Down Neil Young, Emmylou Harris
Neil Young sang of a town in north Ontario in “Helpless,” but he’ll be in the southern portion of the province later this year for the 2013 Greenbelt Harvest Picnic. The event is only a one-day festival, but organizers have packed a slew of great artists into that time. Young will perform with Crazy Horse, and other artists include Emmylou Harris, Daniel Lanois, Rocco DeLuca, Trixie Whitley and Whitehorse.
The festival will be held August 31 at the Christie Lake Conservation Area in Dundas, Ontario. The name of the festival refers to Ontario’s Greenbelt, which consists of 1.8 million acres of protected green space.
“The event serves to celebrate the importance of the Greenbelt, local farmers, art, the outdoors and the eat-local movement,” says the official website of the festival. Festival founder Jean-Paul Gauthier said in a statement he is excited about this year’s lineup.
“It is a great honor to have Neil Young & Crazy Horse join us for what will be an historic event for this region”. Gauthier said. “Fans can expect high quality sound, food and art in the most beautiful and intimate outdoor venue around.”
The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation is the title sponsor of the event for the third year in a row, and that organization’s CEO, Burkhard Mausberg spoke of how the event serves to help raise awareness for the Greenbelt.
“The Greenbelt Harvest Picnic is a great opportunity to bring together the things we enjoy the most – our friends, our families, and entertainment – in celebration of local food,” said Mausberg. “The Greenbelt is home to 7,000 farms, and some of the most fertile agricultural lands in the province. This event is just one of the many ways the Foundation is raising awareness for all the healthy local foods Ontario farmers provide.”