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Fork on the Road at Wittunga Botanic Garden

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Come to Wittunga's 40th birthday party
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A Fleet of Food Trucks is Heading to Blackwood


Fork on the Road is Adelaide's favourite food festival on wheels, but is mostly found in Adelaide's CBD. The free wheeling food trucks have infrequently found themselves far from the city, to date only in the western suburbs of Port Adelaide and Bowden.

That's about to change! In October Blackwood's beautiful Wittunga Botanic Garden celebrates its 40th birthday, having first opened to the public in 1975. Once owned by the Ashby family, Wittunga was donated to the state in 1965. While there's no promise of free birthday cake, our fabulous foodie fleet will flock to feed the famished at Wittunga in their first foray south of Adelaide.

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Four Generations of Ashbys at Wittunga Gates in 1925 (Image: State Library SA B 70984/26)


This free event will have all the party atmosphere of a normal Fork on the Road, but visitors will be also greeted with a fanfare of live music from the Band of SA Police. Wittunga Botanic Garden is perfectly placed for pleasing plenty of people while they picnic in this perfect setting of plants from Australia and South Africa. Large lawn areas allow plenty of room for playing with the kids, while there are little romantic retreats for escaping the crowd if you would enjoy more seclusion.

A Fork on the Road would not live up to its name without free children's entertainment, and all the regular fun for kids will be on offer at Wittunga Botanic Garden. But for this special Fork in the foggy foothills it's particularly appropriate that Nature Play SA will be encouraging mud play for kids with a Mud Kitchen for the young ones to experiment. Expect recipes like mud meringue, dirt doughnuts, silt sausages, and clay cookies to be popular on the day. Bringing some spare clothes might be a good idea.

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Fun For Kids at an Earlier Fork on the Road


Forkers without toddlers to tend will enjoy watching the ducks (no feeding please), perhaps some performers, following the Naming Trail to learn how plants were named, and admiring the beautiful gardens. Wittunga Botanic Garden is a popular wedding venue too, you never know when and why you will be back here.

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Ducks After a Dip at Wittunga in Blackwood


The lineup of food trucks at this Fork on the Road will be announced on Facebook but you can expect many of the favourite food vendors to be there: Chimichurri Grill, Wienerbago, Cheesey Street, Low and Slow American BBQ, Sneaky Pickle and Delectaballs are all strong contenders who have been out a lot recently, and you may even find the Cargo Food Van too. Bring a stonking appetite because you're sure to find the sort of food variety that is never seen in one place anywhere else in Adelaide.

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A Serve of Louisiana Buffalo Wings from the Cargo Food Van


Unfortunately the fun police set a few rules in Botanic Gardens so please remember that cycles, scooters and skateboards are simply stopped - not allowed in Wittunga Botanic Garden. Cats are contraband, bunnies are banned, and dogs are disapproved. In fact don't bring any pets please. And no picking flowers either!

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Beautiful South African and Native Flora


Wittunga's 40th birthday is a free event on Saturday October 17 from 12-4pm. Parking is normally quite limited at Wittunga but special arrangements are being made on the day. Of course locals will strut their stuff down the hill from Blackwood, but Wittunga is also very accessible by train from Coromandel railway station if you want to use public transport.

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Wittunga - a Perfect Place for a Picnic


For more information about the colourful Wittunga Botanic Garden's 40th birthday party see the website here. To receive updates about this and all other Fork on the Road events, follow them on Facebook.
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Why? Fork on the Road at Wittunga. Food, flora, and fun for kids all in one
When: 12-4pm
Where: Wittunga Botanic Garden, Shepherds Hill Rd, Blackwood
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Wittunga is one of South Australia's best kept secrets. It is a beautiful place to enjoy the splendour of a wide range of dry climate plants.. The colours of the Gardens are a photographer's dream.
by chris (score: 0|8) 1518 days ago
Hi again Wittunga is not just a nice place for a picnic it is one of South Australia's treasures. It is one of the three Botanic Gardens in the Adelaide metropolitan area.
by chris (score: 0|8) 1518 days ago
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