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Farmers' harvest 

Sit together – eat – make music - celebrate

When the cows have grazed the last of the lush mountain herbs on the alm pasture; the mist rises up from the valley and the trees are dressed in their autumn colours, Farmers; Harvest is no longer far away. The farmers and the dairymen and women, together with their animals, take leave of the alm. The days are becoming shorter and soon the first snow will fall on the high alms. It is time to prepare the alm hut for winter and get ready for the quiet time of the year. As a sign that the alm summer has ended without mishap for the people and animals, the alm livestock is crowned with decorative headpieces for the return to the valley.

The cattle homecoming parade is one of the traditions most worth seeing in the Salzburger Saalachtal. A myriad of flowers decorate the cows' heads and they carry their bells proudly. These chimes, which protect the animals from danger on their way back to the valley, announce the homecomers from far away.  Animals and people are ceremoniously welcomed back to the village where the harvest is in full swing. After a sunny summer, potatoes, pumpkins and herbs are brought in from the fields. The traditional cuisine of Salzburger Land makes use of these delicious local and seasonal ingredients. 



Old craft rediscovered


Old craft techniques require dexterity, skill, practice and a lot of patience. Even rare or almost extinct craft is still lovingly cared for and preserved for the next generations. Fortunately for us all: For something crafted by hand is highly valued and held in honor. At the Harvest Festival in St. Martin you can look over the shoulders of various craftsmen and get to know old craftsmanship.




Harvest celebrations 2020:

Farmers' Harvest Circuit 

Sunday, 23rd August from 10 am


The new hiking golf course in Unken will be ceremoniously opened today and we invite all keen "golfers" to try out the new holes which can be found along the new village circular path.
Today, there are many highlights at all 9 holes: musical entertainment, extra games' stations for the kids, regional delicacies.... see what surprises are in store.

Unken has recently been declared a certified hiking village  - this will also be celebrated during the Farmers' Harvest Circuit.


HARVEST FESTIVAL concert from the Trachtenmusikkapelle Weißbach

Friday, 28th August, from 7 pm


Musical evening with the sound of the Trachtenmusikkapelle Weißbach

Musical Harvest festival in the Almenwelt Lofer 

Sunday, 30th August, from 11.30 am


Enjoy culinary delights and be entertained by the different music groups.



Harvest Festival Procession in St. Martin

Sunday, 20th September, at 8.30 am


Harvest Festival procession over the fields with participating associations and their beautiful traditional costumes and uniforms.



HARVEST festival PROCESSION in Unken

Sunday, 20th September, at 9 am


The various associations (“Schützen”, “Röcklfrauen” and traditional costume associations...) taking part in the procession after Mass make for a colourful picture with

their various costumes.


HARVEST festival PROCESSION in weißbach 

Sunday, 27th September, at 10 am


Afterwards there is a concert in Weißbach of the local brassband.



Musical Summer in the Almenwelt Lofer with Alphorn blowers meet

Sunday, 27th September, from 11.30 am


Enjoy culinary delights and be entertained by the different music groups.



HARVEST festival PROCESSION in Lofer

Sunday, 4th October, at 10 am


Afterwards there is a concert in Weißbach of the local brassband.



"wüd und Gspüt" at the Hochalm in Unken

Sunday, 4th October, from 11.30 am


From the kitchen there are game dishes and on the terrace is played funny. A musical autumn day on the Hochalm. Only in good weather.


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