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It's the white before Christmas
Kids Will Love the Cherry Blossom Festival (Image: Stella Creek)
For many years workers at Stella Creek cherry orchard have enjoyed the two weeks in spring when the orchards come alive with cherry blossom. To walk under the canopy of over two million white blossoms is a truly magical experience and one that should be appreciated by many more people. If people flock to Willunga to enjoy the Almond Blossom Festival, how could you not enjoy the masses of cherry blossoms in Forest Range?
What better way for the many thousands of cherry lovers in Adelaide to see up close the first signs of their favourite delicacies arriving? The heart beats faster and the mouth moistens with the anticipation of the luscious sweet flavours of ripe red cherries - but you will have to wait a little while longer for that!
Not Long to Wait for Fresh Cherries (Image: Stella Creek)
For the first time ever Stella Creek cherry orchard at Forest Range in the Adelaide Hills will be open for everyone to enjoy the spectacle that is cherry blossom time in spring this year.
Stella Creek's inaugural Cherry Blossom Festival 2019 will see the orchard being open on the weekend of Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 September. Bring the family, pack a picnic basket, stroll through the rows of beautiful blossom and enjoy a lovely spring day out in the Adelaide Hills.
There will be a small entrance fee of $5 for adults, with all children under 16 admitted free to the Cherry Blossom Festival. Expect free face painting and other activities for kids, while adults will be entertained with a variety of free live music on the four days. The organisers are hoping to secure the 20-piece The Chicago Showband for the second weekend.
A variety of scrumptious street food will be available from 2-3 of Adelaide's fab food trucks, with the old Aussie favourite BBQ and sausage sizzle for those having more conventional tastes. For dessert enjoy some Evercream gelati, locally grown apples, and top it off with some hot coffee. Of course if you want to avoid any possible queues you can BYO picnic, but please note that this is an unlicensed alcohol free event.
You will be able to buy a variety of other fresh local Adelaide Hills produce on the day, including best quality SA honey, and cherry wood for smoking your own sweet BBQ flavours.
The Cherry Blossom Festival 2019 at Stella Creek cherry orchard in Forest Range kicks off at 10am each day. For more information about the event follow Cherry Picking -Stella Creek Cherry Orchard on Facebook and click "going" or "interested" on the Facebook event date that you plan to visit.
The orchard is located on 42 acres of beautiful Adelaide Hills land, with a wide variety of native flowers, birds and wildlife to be seen. Keep your eyes open for kangaroos and koalas, fairy wrens and finches, scarlet robins, honeyeaters, and other colourful critters.
If you need directions to find Stella Creek cherry orchard, click here - apparently GPS and Google Maps directions can lead you down the garden path here so be wary when using them. Be sure to remember the way for when the cherries are finally ripe and you return!
Don't people get it? I can see veggie burgers on the BBQ along with the meat and sausages. Cooking veggie burgers alongside meat products renders them non vegetarian / vegan as they are contaminated with animal fat.