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National Cherry Festival 2022

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National Cherry Festival 2022, Young Cherry Festival, cherry picking in Young, fun events near Canberra
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Over three big days in December, the National Cherry Festival returns to Young, the cherry capital of Australia. This unique event is centred around the region's most famous fruit with plenty of opportunities to not only nibble cherries but to spit pips, scoff pies and plenty more.

Located in the heart of the vibrant Hilltops Region, Young is less than two hours drive from Canberra. As well as hosting the National Cherry Festival, the town offers award-winning coffee, great food, formal parks and a healthy dose of history.

If you're planning to visit the Cherry Festival, you can expect to experience a carnival atmosphere and some quirky events. The cherry pip spit record is waiting to be broken again, a new Cherry Pie Eating Champion will be found and the 2022 Cherry King and Queen will be crowned. You can even find out how fast and how clean you can pick a lug of cherries.

National Cherry Festival Young
National Cherry Festival 2022, Young Cherry Festival, pick your own cherries Young


The National Cherry Festival program this year includes busking, live music, fireworks, a huge street parade, food stalls and, of course, the chance to buy some cherries. You can head to an orchard to pick your own or grab a carton from the orchard stalls. For information on the orchards of the Hilltops Region including opening times and produce on offer, click here. Parking in the CBD will be busy but a courtesy bus will run on a loop from the showground, caravan park and library.

The details:

The National Cherry Festival runs from 2 - 4 December 2022 in the Young CBD.

For transport options, click here.

Entry is free.
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Why? For some sweet cherry fun.
When: 2 - 4 December 2022
Where: Young, NSW
Cost: Free to visit
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