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Victoria hosts several fruit and nut festivals around the state over the next few months which perfectly capture the spirit of Autumn.

Celebrating the seasonal harvests, at most of the festivals along with the fresh produce expect (sometimes quirky) entertainment, lessons and demonstrations on growing and cooking the particular produce, art exhibitions, music, food and drink, market stalls and kids activities.

What's on offer this Autumn:

APPLES

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Applefest 2017 - Harcourt Valley
11 March, Stanley Park, High Street, Harcourt
Harcourt is a small town approximately 9 km northeast of Castlemaine. Some of the fun features of their festival are the Apple Pie Baking Contest and the Apple Pie Eating Contest. The kids are well catered for at the Kids Carnival. There's also a market with fresh local food, produce, crafts and gifts. An art show, food trucks and a great lineup of live entertainment make for a good day out.

St Erth Applefest & Gardens of the Goldfields
8th and 9th April, 189 Simmons Reef Rd, Blackwood

The Diggers Club's Garden of St Erth is well worth a visit at any time - their heritage fruit orchard is nothing less than inspirational and at their cafe you can enjoy food that is literally grown in their garden and orchards. Over this festival weekend, additional attractions include tasting the best of heritage fruit, workshops on cultivating your own organic produce, stalls offering local produce and a Heritage Apple Masterclass (bookings required). Two open gardens are also available to visit for an additional charge.

PEARS

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Pear Party, Toora Heritage Pear Orchard
March 12, Mill Street, Toora

Toora is a small township between Foster and Welshpool in Prom Country. This year's Pear Party features pear cider, pick your own pears, music all day, dancing, stalls, art show. kids games and activities as well as talks and demonstrations on grafting and pruning, beekeeping, herbs and other gardening tips. For updates on the festival as they become available see their Facebook page.

TOMATOES

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Melbourne Tomato Festival
March 19, All Nations Park, Separation St, Northcote

The third Melbourne Tomato Festival promises to be bucketloads of fun. With local farmers selling fresh produce, cooking demonstrations, delicious Italian food, speakers, special guests, workshops, passata making and loads of entertainment it's a lovely celebration of all things tomato and more.

NUTS

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Wandiligong Nut Festival
29 April, Alpine Park, Wandiligong

Wandiligong is about 6 kilometres south of Bright in the high country. The Wangiligong Nut Festival celebrates the end of harvest and what a harvest it is with chestnuts, hazelnuts, walnuts, apples and more. There's a produce and artisan market, chestnut roasting, children's activities, food, wine, cider and beer, music and cooking demonstrations featuring chestnuts and hazelnuts. Sounds delicious.

Kalorama Chestnut Festival
7 May, Kalorama Reserve, Kalorama

A family day out with a chestnut theme. See their Facebook page for full details of this year's festival as they become available.

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Why? Enjoy nature's seasonal bounty
When: Autumn
Where: Around Victoria
Cost: Some free, some ticketed
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