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Kalorama Chestnut Festival 2018

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Chestnuts roasting on an open fire
As the weather starts to turn cool and leaves turn every shade of glorious red imaginable, it can only mean one thing - it's chestnut time!

Yes, the Kalorama Chestnut Festival is on again Sunday 6 May 2018 where the smell of roasting chestnuts and the chill in the air signals that winter is not far away.

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.

Kalorama Chestnut Festival
Warm up on the inside with some mulled wine!

A range of stalls will be selling a wide range of locally made handicrafts and produce. Don't forget to buy a bag of chestnuts and have a go at roasting them at home.

Kalorama Chestnut Festival
Plenty of goodies on offer

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.

Kalorama Chestnut Festival
The smell of roasted chestnuts

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.

Kalorama Chestnut Festival
Grab a bag to cook at home

No idea what to do with them? Don't worry, follow this from The Chestnut Growers' Information Book explaining how to prepare and cook them:

Before cooking, the most important step is to cut the shell to prevent the nut exploding while cooking. Some people cut a slit across the face of the nut, others cut a cross into the flat-end."

To bake: Preheat oven to 200 degrees C. Place chestnuts onto a baking tray and bake for 15-20 minutes or until shell splits.

To microwave: Place chestnuts in a single layer on a microwave-safe plate. Cook, uncovered on 850 watts/High/100% for 4-6 minutes or until flesh is tender.

Kalorama Chestnut Festival
Burning fingers peeling freshly roasted chestnuts

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.

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Why? Roasted and Toasted little gems of goodness
When: Sunday 6 May 2018
Phone: 0435 721 726
Where: Kalorama Reserve, 1343 Mt Dandenong Tourist Road, Kalorama
Cost: Free
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