Nanaimo’s annual Harvest Festival will bring live music, fresh local food, and more to the Old City Quarter on September 12.

The main street of the festival will be lined with an assortment of vendors selling produce, crafts, fashion and accessories, local food items, and more, as well as multiple stages for musical acts. The majority of the festival will be on Wesley

Street, with two musical acts near Bocca Cafe on Fitzwilliam and one at the Bee’s Knees Cafe.

Cost to enter the festival is by donation for the Nanaimo Foodshare, but everyone is welcome regardless. For this year only, there will be 100 Community Cards, which provide special deals on the day of the event, given to people who donate $10 or more.

“All the musical acts are new this year, as well as several of the vendors and speakers that will be attending,” said primary organizer Tina Coldwell. Many of the musicians are from the Vancouver Island area, but some artists from farther away, such as Arizona’s Lani Nash Band, will also be hitting the stages.

DJ Country Mouse, or Michelle Solloway, will be hosting the music at the festival.

“Michelle Solloway is a great host and very involved in the Nanaimo music scene and a beloved person in our community,” Coldwell said.

Some of the speakers that will be presenting at the festival include advocates on the advantages of raw dog food; as well as representatives from Cedar Beef, a local homegrown beef company; and from Nanaimo Food Share, Coldwell said.

For further updates on the speakers that will be attending, as well as a full schedule of the musical acts, visit the festival’s Facebook event page, Harvest Festival 2015. The festival will take place Saturday, September 12 from 11 AM until 5 PM.