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About three hours driving distance from Sydney, toward the south-western part of NSW, there is a beautiful and fresh-sounding place called Young. This charming little town produces that delicious fruit, the cherry, at a quality that's hard to beat. With twenty-plus orchards and more than ten types of cherries growing in the town, it is touted as the cherry capital of Australia. Every year during summer, every corner of the town is painted cherry-red as it welcomes thousands of visitors from all over the country to celebrate its delicious and juicy harvest season with a weekend festival.
This year the festive season of cherry is welcoming its 63 year anniversary and will be held from 30 November to 2 December. During the three day festival, you will have a rich and memorable experience that caters for all.
You can vote for the Cherry Queen of the Year at the street carnival, get filled up and messy at the delicious Cherry Pie eating competition and watch the fun pit spitting show. There will be also a variety of wine products from local winery, Hilltops. Some local and nearby residents will also drive their well-maintained antique cars for the annual car show. A collection of artworks from local artists will be displayed during the festival and there will be some great performances as part of the bush poet competition. There are a lot of events to keep both your eyes and mind open during the weekend, so get ready to jump into the spirit of the occasion.
As it is the harvest time for the cherries, you can also visit numerous local orchards to pick your own. A popular orchard is the Allambie Orchard and Café. This family-owned orchard is located about 13km from Young. It specialises in quality "pick-your-own" cherries with more than 10 different types for you to choose from in the 60 acres of fruit trees. After the fruit picking, you can enjoy the lovely café with a delicious cherry pie for dessert. You can keep an eye on the orchard's picking season via its website: www.allambieorchard.com
To top your sweet fantasy, you can also visit the famous gourmet lolly and souvenir gift shop: Poppa's Fudge and Jam Factory. You will be in heaven with all the delicious homemade fudge, lollies, chutneys, sauces and jams. The best buy in the shop is the freshly made cherry jam; nobody can beat its quality as it is from the Cherry Capital of Australia.
For those who would love to know more about the history of the township Young, you can also take a heritage walk around the town from Young Rotary Club to Burrangong Creek. The 8km route will lead you through the Burrangong art gallery and the Chinese tribute gardens. You can arrange your heritage town walk by calling (02) 6382 3394.
If you still have plenty time to chill in the town, you can also make a trip to the Dunkell Goats dairy farm. The farm is family owned and operated. You will have a chance to meet the goats and taste the fresh goats' milk. On your way home don't forget to buy some handmade goat soaps as a souvenir for your friends. The dairy farm is visited by appointment only, please call (02) 6382 2468.
I think the above souvenir program is attracting enough for you to visit this little charming town in its full festive mood. Due to the popularity of the event, I would suggest you to book your accommodation as soon as possible. For the suggestions of the accommodation in Young and its surrounding region, please visit the Young's official tourism information website for more information: www. visityoung.com.au