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!
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.