I count myself lucky to be born in Australia's coffee capital of Melbourne and love to write about what's on in my home town.
Good old fashioned fun for everyone
For Box Hill residents, fete and fair season really swings into action this November, and whilst local real estate agents do their bit to promote these worthy fundraisers with street signage, it can be a tough gig spreading the word beyond the immediate school community.
Located alongside the bustling thoroughfare of Whitehorse Road, St Francis Xavier Primary School is proud of its community focus, and this year's Spring Fair is no exception. While they hope the fair will fund an upgrade of the existing playground, 10% of proceeds will also be donated to their sister school in Haemanu, in Timor Leste.
The fair kicks off at 11am and promises to be loads of fun, with a terrific assortment of traditional and new favorites.
Stalls will include:
Plants, cut flowers and fruit
Books, magazines, DVDs and CDs
Pre-loved women's and kids clothing and accessories
Yummy food and drink options will include:
Spudnik potato twists
Hot chips and pizza
Corn on the cob
Ice cream and gelati
Barbeque - hamburgers, sausages
Cafe - serving Dimattina Coffee, Devonshire Teas and other homemade sweet treats
As the school is located in a fairly busy area, you may find it easier to walk or take public transport (several buses stop right outside) or park in one of the neighboring streets. Some street parking is time limited.
If after the fair concludes at 4pm you're feeling a bit peckish, stroll across the road to Box Hill's Asian food hub at Carrington Road and Station Street, which offers a huge variety of cheap and cheerful and mid-range meal options including Thai, Vietnamese, Taiwanese and Cantonese - so follow your nose!