The Harvest Festival happens once a year on Thanksgiving (4th Thursday in November).
Outside the Wishing Well in Animal Crossing, banquet tables will be set up which are decorated with plates filled with food and wine glasses which cannot be interacted with (save Knife and Forks). In City Folk, the banquet tables are set up in front of the Town Hall.
During the Harvest Festival, Franklin the turkey makes an appearance, and when he is found for the first time he will explain that Tortimer had sent him a letter of invitation to be a special "guest" at the celebration, however Franklin notices that underneath the word guest, a faded, half-erased word reading "dish" can be seen. When Franklin meets Tortimer he soon understands the truth and flees the scene posthaste.
Franklin will hide behind obstacles (such as trees and signs) and after discussing his scheme, he will request and wait for the player to bring him pieces of silverware from the banquet. For each piece they bring, they will receive one piece of furniture from the Harvest Series, including the wallpaper and the matching carpet.
Franklin is unusual among Animal Crossing residents and visitors in that he is entirely static; instead, Franklin will appear in his hiding place and will disappear soon after the player moves the camera out of view when he has been given a set of silverware, and can be noticed by some because the screen shutters, but it's barely noticeable.
While in one hiding place, Franklin will only accept one "knife and fork" set at a time, so if the player wishes to give him another they must move away from the hiding place until Franklin disappears, and search for him again.
New LeafWhen the player start the game Isabelle will announce that the Harvest Festival is today. Franklin the turkey will be waiting near the town tree, along with a big table with numerous kitchen objects. He asks the player if they want to help him fetch some ingrediënts for his courses. These include a salad, soup, main course and dessert. For these four courses the player will have to gather three ingrediënts and one secret ingrediënt. The player can find most of them by themselves, like fish, fruit and mushrooms, but they will also need special things from the residents, like vinegar, flour etc. The player can only get these from the animals that are at home, provided that the player gives them what they want and need for their own cooking (most of the time it's fish). They will then also give the player hints and tips about cooking and the secret ingrediënt that goes well with a certain type of dish. Deliver everything at Franklin and he will start cooking the meal. In return he will give the player Harvest furniture or a fruit basket. If the player gets all the four secret ingredients right, he will give them a cornucopia at the end.
Ingredients and Secret Ingredients
Dishes are listed in bold, ingredients are listed in regular and secret ingredients are listed in italics.
Note: The names of some dishes vary depending on what country you are in.
- Fish Salad - Lemon
- Fruit Salad - Beehive
- Mixed Salad - Vinegar
- Mushroom Salad - Apple
- Oyster Salad - Lemon
- Barred Knifejaw Sauté / Sauteed Barred Knifejaw - Lemon
- Dab Meunière / Pan-Fried Dab - Vinegar
- Olive Flounder Meunière / Pan-Fried Olive Flounder - Vinegar
- Red Snapper Poele / Pan-Fried Red Snapper - Lemon
- Sea Bass Sauté / Sauteed Sea Bass - Lemon
- Fruit Soup - Lemon
- Mushroom Stew / Mushroom Bisque - Butter
- Shellfish Cream Soup / Shellfish Chowder - Butter
- Soup de Poisson / Bouillabaise - Lemon
- Tom Yoong Goong / Tom Yum Kung - Coconut
- Apple Pie - Apple, round mushroom, flour - Beehive
- Banana Custard Pie / Banana Tart - Beehive
- Cherry Pie - Beehive
- Coconut Cream Pie / Coconut Tart - Beehive
- Full Fruit Pie / Mixed-Fruit Pie - Lemon