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A festival with a difference - calling all foodies
Strawberries and Cherries - who doesn't love both of these? And each year in November, there is a festival celebrating these two delicious fruits. It is a FREE amazing foodie event for the whole family and promises to be fun and entertaining. It is a carnival you will not want to miss.
This is a celebration of strawberries and cherries grown in the Bacchus Marsh area, as well as fruits grown by other strawberry and cherry farmers within the Melbourne area.
You can pick your own locally grown strawberries at the Avenue of Honour, and I always enjoy doing this, as I can pick out those just ripe fruits, and pick whatever size I want! If the weather is hot enough, you may also be able to pick your own cherries.
The event is all about farm stalls in the Avenue of Honour, The Village Green and the main shopping areas of Bacchus Marsh. Here is a map of the town, so that it will be easier if you are not familiar with the area!
You can go around and sample the different fruits, or, as mentioned, pick your own locally grown produce. There will also be a host of interesting activities which include fireworks.
Bacchus Marsh, is of course, just 50 kms north west of Melbourne which is just a nice drive if you live around Melbourne city. The Main St will be closed, as there will be about 200 stalls, carnival, music and fireworks on the Saturday night.
It will mark the beginning of the strawberry and cherry season, and although strawberries are now available all year round, they seem to be nicer and cheaper when they are in season.
Cherries, on the other hand, are only generally available in season (with some imported ones being available sometimes as well). The celebrations to mark this season will be held along the Avenue of Honour and right throughout the town of Bacchus Marsh.
Once you are there, some of the things included on this day are:
Strawberry picking - fun for young and old alike
- Cherry pip spitting competition - great to watch and compete in
- Strawberry and Cherry trail
- Strawberry and cherry-inspired menus - great for all the foodies
- Town centre entertainers and musicians
- Locally grown produce
- Delicious foods, wines, cider, coffee, dessert and sweet treats
Should you want to stay over for a few days, there are several places you can stay. If you want cheap, quality accommodation, this is available at the Bacchus Marsh Caravan Park, where there are different standards/prices you can choose from. You can also bring your well-behaved pet to this caravan park!
This unusually themed weekend will happen from Friday 16th to Sunday 18th November 2018. Times are from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm daily, with closing times as below.
The program is as follows:
Friday 16th November - this commences at 5.00 pm and will be a family evening of music, food trucks and carnival. This finishes at 9.00 pm and the carnival continues until 11.00 pm.
Saturday 17th November - there will be a street festival commencing at 9.00 am and will be until 5.00 pm. There will be Village Green fireworks, music and food from 5.00 pm until 9.00 pm, and the carnival will once again go on until 11.00 pm.
Sunday 18th November - will have the street festival from 9.00 am until 4.00 pm.
Just a snippet of information about the strawberry is that although it is such a small fruit, it has a lot of vitamin C, fibre, and antioxidants contained in it. The strawberry is rated as among the best 20 fruits because of its antioxidant properties and it also contains manganese and potassium.