8 Tips for the Best Harvest Feast Ever

by Diana Laskaris

 

It’s that time of year when people all over the world celebrate the bountiful harvest and nature’s grandeur. We know that each Food Travelist appreciates the wonder of seasonal delights and sometimes spend them with friends or family in places known and new.  Because I have been hostess to many such occasions, I want to share some of my favorite tips with you for having your own successful harvest feast, keeping it fun and making it memorable. Here are my top 8 ideas to help you create a wonderful harvest feast of your own.

1. Whatever form your harvest feast takes, enjoy your traditions and celebrate your heritage.

Enjoy Traditions
Enjoy Traditions

 

If there’s any ethnic identity you want to celebrate, include it in the dishes you prepare. Grilled halloumi is a family favorite.

Grilled Halloumi Salad
Grilled Halloumi Salad

 

2. Sharing the harvest bounty with loved ones makes it memorable and comforting. If there’s no one for you to celebrate with at home, please consider visiting a local house of worship, shelter or other social service organization and give your time generously to help them out feeding those in need, or just being there to encourage and support those less fortunate. You will be immeasurably enriched and have a true feast for your spirit.

Share With Loved Ones and Others
Share With Loved Ones and Others

 

3. If you’re the one who’s doing the cooking be sure to having something for everyone at your table.

Something for Everyone
Something for Everyone

 

Don’t be afraid to surprise them with something new or different!

Surprise Them!
Surprise Them!

 

And don’t forget to offer some old favorites as well.

Sweet Potatoes
Sweet Potatoes

 

Bring back an old family recipe if you have one. And share any stories that may go with it.

Time Treasured Recipes
Time Treasured Recipes

 

4. Be sure to celebrate the harvest with vegetables that are in season.

Harvest Vegetables
Harvest Vegetables

 

Making dishes that are so special to the harvest season.

Pumpkin Soup
Pumpkin Soup

 

They add so much color to the table.

Plenty of Color
Plenty of Color

 

And provide so many wonderful options for those who don’t eat meat.

Celebrate the Veg
Celebrate the Veg

 

5. Don’t worry too much about the calories at this feast. It’s a feast, after all.

Stuffing Is So Good
Stuffing Is So Good

 

And making special homemade items that take a little effort just makes it that much more meaningful. Here’s a terrific recipe for homemade bread.

Do Something Homey
Do Something Homey

 

6. Be sure to enhance your feast with a little extra special decor. Celebrate the season, your guests, the occasion and everything by making a feast for all the senses.

Set a Special Table
Set a Special Table

 

7. Don’t be afraid to finish off with a flourish. Pies made with seasonal ingredients are always a favorite.

Pumpkin Pie
Pumpkin Pie

 

8. And be sure to make the most of your leftovers. The dishes of the feast sometimes provide the most cherished and delicious meals of the year in the days ahead. Turkey tetrazzini is one of our favorites.

Turkey Tetrazzini
Turkey Tetrazzini

 

I hope this gives you a few ideas on how you can have a fabulous harvest feast. Whether you celebrate a holiday such as Thanksgiving, Harvest Moon, Volksfeste, Chuseok or just enjoy nature’s bounty at this time of year,  share your love and think about others around the world and you will surely have the most memorable feast ever. Cheers to you during this wonderful season of delicious delights!

Make it Sparkle
Make it Sparkle

Also check it Turkey Around the World to learn more about how different cultures prepare turkey.

THE QUICK BITE: Here are 8 favorite tips to help you enjoy nature’s bounty  and have the most memorable harvest feast ever.

10 thoughts on “8 Tips for the Best Harvest Feast Ever

    1. The turkey does seem to be the cornerstone of a fantastic Thanksgiving feast. But I have to admit that I love that Yorkshire pudding too. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  1. We just made gingerbread houses to decorate the table and several vegan dishes plus mac ‘n cheese for a few special people. Happy T-Day today to all y’all Americans!

    1. Thanks Carole! Love the idea of making the gingerbread houses for decorations. And mac’n cheese is always a favorite.

    1. Thanks Leigh! You’re welcome anytime you’re in Chicago let us know.

  2. All of your pictures of Thanksgiving feasts are so colorful and I’m drooling imagining the tastes! In the past, Thanksgiving has always been our favorite holiday but now, as long term travelers outside of the US we’ve had some quiet holidays.This year we’ll be celebrating with the Manta, Ecuador expats. The day for us is all about good food mixed with (new) friends and family! Anita

    1. Wow! Can’t wait to here all about your adventures in Manta. Safe & tasty travels!

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