The Ginger and Spice Festival coincides with the time of the harvest moon and the annual celebration ‘British Food Fortnight’ which champions the importance of buying locally and eating seasonally.

Harvest Moon

Harvest Moon is the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox, characterized by its orange color. The Equinox is when the Earth’s equator is almost directly in line with the centre of the Sun. This takes place twice a year, around late March (Spring equinox) and late September (Autumn equinox).

The name Harvest Moon comes from when farmers would need to start gathering in crops to prepare for the winter months. They used the bright light to extend the working day. The full moon would light up the night sky and give them more light to work with – allowing them to gather in the crops in time for winter.


Harvest celebrations have traditionally been extremely important to the farming communities, and with Market Drayton’s strong links to farming & agriculture, this is a fantastic time to celebrate all that is on offer in the town.

Come and celebrate with us this year at the forthcoming Ginger and Spice Festival taking place from 26-29 September 2018.

Neil Young - Harvest Moon

Even Neil Young likes to celebrate ....