"Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose". These may be the opening lines of a Christmas carol in the Northern Hemisphere, but for us in Victoria, the smell of roasting chestnuts in the air signals the arrival of autumn. Yes, as the leaves turn 50 shades of glorious red, and the days turn chilly, it can only mean one thing, the Kalorama Chestnut Festival is right around the corner.
Rug up and head on out to the Dandenong Ranges on Sunday 7th May between 10am and 4pm for a fun-filled day for all the family. Celebrating it's 30th year, the Kalorama Chestnut Festival has become a much-loved event that attracts visitors from all over, not only to savour all things chestnut, but to see the beautiful Dandenong Ranges showing off their stunning autumn colours.
The humble chestnuts day to shine
The humble chestnut, often under-utilised, is found in abundant supply throughout the ranges, and their arrival brings a special reminder of the changing of the seasons.
Chestnuts are different from other nuts and are only ever eaten cooked. They have a sweet, nutty taste and their texture is similar to that of a baked potato. Chestnuts can be used in sweet or savoury dishes or simply eaten straight out of the roasting pan whilst trying not to burn your fingers. They are low in fat and high in dietary fibre and contain vitamin C. So not only are they tasty, they are good for you and have 5 stars on the health star rating.
The air is filled with the smell of roasting chestnuts
Whilst the chestnut is undoubtedly the king of the festival, there is plenty more on offer, with a range of stalls showcasing locally made handcrafts and produce. For the kids there are fun rides and an adventure play space.
Devonshire tea and home made cakes Sausage sizzle Local restaurant food stalls
Artisan beer (including chestnut beer)
Mulled wine (to keep you warm of course!)
Bungy jump trampolines
Old-fashioned kids games
Raffles with wonderful prizes
Local handmade crafts
Live music and performances
Fun and Festivities
So come on up to Mt Dandenong with friends and family and enjoy all the festivities planned throughout the day.
The festival is held at the Kalorama Oval (Kalorama Memorial Reserve) with Devonshire tea served in the small clubhouse. Parking is available for 100 cars and there is also roadside parking for 100 more cars.