A Melbournian who wonders as I wander. I have spent a lot of life colouring in moments and take great pleasure in creative expression of experience. Interested in Design, Art, Film, Photography, Painting and all things French.
At 10.15am on the 5 of May, rain, hail, shine or all three, Kalorama Oval is set to be swamped with festivity.
This rather uneven sports ground is located near the Karwarra plant Garden and Silvandale Store. It is usually whisked past as cars wind their way up the Mount Dandenong Tourist Road to the promise of cream tea beyond. Every year, however, the oval has its day in the sun.
Actually, as a general rule, it is its day in the rain but for many years now, this has not mattered to locals. They warm their throats with steaming chai and toasted chestnuts as kids bounce on jumping castles. The community celebrates all the hills have to offer, whilst experimenting with every which way you can cook a chestnut.
The Chestnut Festival has grown a great deal from its humble beginnings. Started as a fundraiser for the Mt Dandenong Preschool over 30 years ago, the interest of local businesses has grown it exponentially.
Since kinder, I have rugged up and wandered through. The Oval has forest ambience and there are scones to look forward to. This is an assured treat hosted by the Sky High Restaurant.
There is a breeze of family chatter and laughter in the air. Chestnuts have been grown in the area for over 100 years. They are Autumn's signature. The festival is a really great opportunity to witness a signature of all that is the Hills.
With dance, choir, acapella and other music and entertainment across the day, there is plenty to see and experience.
This is a free festival but you are going to need money to make the most of all the delicious treats and interests on offer.
A Lollyshop full of amusements including not limited to... Atomic Drop Slide, Jungle Adventure Jumping Castle, Petting Zoo, Pony Rides, Inflatable Basket Ball and Train Rides.
There is mulled wine and numerous stalls full of interest.
The rain has come all this Thursday so hopefully, it has cried itself out of tears to soak the grass. So please join the fun this May 4. 10-4pm.
Come early as the cars pile their way up the roadside. The Tourist Rd is dangerous to cross to get into the Oval, so beware of the speed of traffic and the blind corner bend that it always speeds around.
Jumpers and Coats
Bring 4 Seasons worth of clothing. You could be toasty one minute and shivering the next. The chestnuts and mulled wine will keep you simmering through it all.
Get cash out, stalls may have Eftpos now but if not there are not going to be any ATMs nearby.
Homeward Bound The Silvandale General Store has coffee, local produce and pies if you need a take-home tea option before you leave. That is if you are not too full from chestnut creations and scones and jam and cream.