There are 11 open gardens to explore around the town. Weekend markets will display local produce and various art and craft items. Workshops will be run over the four day event with celebrity guest speakers including Neville Passmore, Sabrina Hahn and Indira Naidoo. These experts will give very informative talks and demonstrations of handy tips while performers will provide street theatre.
One of the Tulip displays
The official opening takes place on Thursday leading into 4 days of fun, festivities and entertainment for all garden and food enthusiasts. The town hall has an excellent and not to be missed display highlighting the winter gardens and their night time animal and insect visitors. The flowermania marquee is the place to be for talks and presentations by gardening and the food experts.
Examples of the agenda are topics such as cooking indigenous foods, making cider, chillies and their uses, and salsicie secchi where celebrity guest Vince Gareffa from Mondo butchers shares his tips on making pork sausages.
Throughout the lovely little village of Nannup are beautifully positioned timber planter boxes laden with stunning displays of flowering tulips of all shades and colours. The Garage gallery has a vibrant exhibition of artworks on display and visitors are encouraged to "paint a picket" to add to a collection of these bordering the outside garden area.
The CWA building has a wonderful display of many handmade craft items and quilt displays. Most of the gift shops of Nannup are open along with the many cafes and garden tearooms.
Checking out the program I decided to attend a most informative talk by Simon Green from Nannup Brook Farm as he presented a demonstration of extracting honey out of frames from one of his beehives. Lots of questions from his audience and he gave generously of his knowledge and expertise to those of us who were interested in setting up a backyard hive.
For the garden enthusiast Bee Winfield shared her ideas on the mysterious subject of microbes and magical earth. Not having time to see lots of the open gardens, we opted to visit Nyth Y Dryw farmlet, a three hectare property owned by Bob Longmore and his wife Maggie. Their ideas on "Concepts of a food forest garden" had a group of us enthralled as we toured his many food and produce gardens and aquaculture food and fish growing techniques. A great way to finish our full day outing in Nannup.
Perhaps visitors may like to consider as we plan to for next years festival, staying over the weekend at the caravan park or one of the many B&B's or forest cottages close by as one day is not quite long enough to see it all and we had to miss the evenings entertainment as well.
I highly recommend this festival to any "foodie" or garden enthusiast.