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Kalorama Chestnut Festival - Review

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by Ree Maloney (subscribe)
Ree Maloney
Cold weather and roasted chestnuts go hand in hand
Festival goers braved some very wet conditions on Sunday the 7th of May to enjoy toasty warm chestnuts at the annual Kalorama Chestnut Festival of 2017.

Face Painting at Kalorama Chestnut Festival
Face Painting at Kalorama Chestnut Festival

The festival is a fundraiser for the Mount Dandenong Kindergarten. Alanna Deering, the President of the Kindergarten Association and Festival committee volunteer said the festival started a while ago now.

"We know it's in excess of 30 years. Parents started harvesting and selling chestnuts out of bags in a carpark and it's evolved to this huge public event."

Today, it has moved into the larger location to fit in over 40 stalls selling various local goods from spices to scarves to shawls.

Children are well catered for with an animal farm and face painting and - not to be missed - the Chestnut Fairy!

The Chestnut Fairy sits in her very own teepee and children gather to hear her tell stories. What better way to spend some time away from the cold and rain?

Coffee was the most popular beverage of the day. It was in such high demand that the coffee machine let out a huge final puff of steam and gave up until the repair people came.

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Roasting Chestnuts at Kalorama Chestnut Festival

There are plenty of other foods too, ranging from Indian street food to waffles but the star of the day, is of course, the chestnut, so the most eaten item of the day was roasted chestnuts. I'd personally never tried one before. They've always looked so tempting but I'd somehow missed out - though it was hard to miss out today! They have a surprisingly mushy texture but with a nutty flavour. Delicious!

Look out for the 2018 event - with hopefully better weather on the 1st Sunday of May.
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Why? Support the local community and have fun in the Dandenongs
When: 1st Sunday in May
Where: Kalorama Memorial Reserve, Mount Dandenong
Cost: Free!
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Great idea for kids!
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