Pull on your winter woollies and head on up to the stunning Dandenong Ranges as they show off their colours for a fun-filled day for all the family.
Whilst the star of the show is the chestnut, there will be plenty of other gourmet food, Devonshire tea and homemade cakes, tea and coffee, artisan beer (including chestnut beer) and mulled wine available.
To keep the kids entertained, there will be fun rides, an adventure play space, bungy jump trampolines, train rides, flying swings, a petting zoo, jumping castle, face painting and much more.
This year, the festival is delighted to welcome Festive Tribe and their Silent Disco. So although kids and silence don't usually go together, this might just be the perfect place to leave them for a bit of peace and quiet.
Live music and performances will be on throughout the day to keep you entertained.
Chestnuts have a sweet, nutty taste and they are only ever eaten cooked. They can be used in a variety of dishes, but nothing beats eating them straight out of the roasting pan whilst trying not to burn your fingers. Tasty and good for you, they have a 5 stars health rating.
To roast, grill or barbeque: Cook, turning occasionally, in a pan over medium heat for 20-30 minutes or until shell splits.
To boil (if using to puree): Place chestnuts into a pan of cold water, bring to the boil, cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until flesh is tender.
Wrap the cooked chestnuts in a tea-towel. Remove outer shell and inner skin while still warm (they're difficult to peel once cooled).
Kalorama Oval (or Kalorama Memorial Reserve) has a small clubhouse where the Devonshire Tea is served and parking for 100 cars. There is also roadside parking for a further 100 cars nearby. An ATM is available on site and you can keep up to date with the latest news about the Kalorama Chestnut Festival on Facebook.