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Come to this fabulous fair with so much to do
Naturally, this festival is all about almonds - those delightful morsels that grow sometimes very prolifically on trees! July will be the season for picking and therefore eating and baking with these delicacies, so here are a few events involving almonds plus much more.



Willunga Almond Blossom Festival
This event will be held on 27th and 28th July 2019. It will be held at Willunga and hosted by the Willunga Almond Blossom Festival.

This year, it will mark the 50th year that this has been an event and the Fair Day Weekend is going to be filled with the following:

Camel rides
Pony rides
Animal nursery
Local chefs cooking with almonds
Market stalls



Food trucks
Wine
Beer
Almond cookery competition
Science shows
Almond cracking competition
Craft fun
Show rides
Climbing wall
Face painting
Carnival rides



There will be Saturday night fireworks starting at 7.00 pm and a Sunday morning street parade starting at 10.00 am.

This will be a Family Fair Day with all weekend free family activities.

This is a major tourism event which draws families from across the state to enjoy the region with blooming almond trees, Saturday Farmer's Market, plus historical buildings.

SATURDAY PROGRAM
The gates will open from 11.00 am to 9.00 pm

Other events that will be on during this festival include:

Children's almond trail
Almond cooking demonstrations
Australian almond board display
Meet the Grower sessions

On the Oval
Miss Fairy
Kids craft with Girl Guides
Giant games with Girl Guides
Animal nursery
Target golf and mini golf
Roving entertainment

In the Marquee
Live music

All afternoon in the Festival Hall
SciWorld interactive science show
Fleurieu Folk Festival jam session
Local artist exhibition
Market Stalls

In the Old Show Hall
Games for all ages

CWA Rooms
Almond cooking competition

SUNDAY
Street Parade from 10.00 am at High Street, Willunga

Gates open from 10:30 am to 4.00 pm
What's on in the Almond Hub

Children's almond trail
Almond cooking demonstrations
Australian almond board display
Meet the grower sessions

Enter the Almond Cracking Competition 1.00 pm @ the wooden logs truck

On the Oval
Kids craft & giant games with Girl Guides
Children's almond trail colouring competition
Old McDonald's farm animals
Wood turning display
Dog agility demonstrations
Target golf & mini golf
Roving entertainment
Miss Fairy

In the Marquee – Live Music
All day

In the Festival Hall
Local artist exhibition
Scout's soup kitchen
Market stalls

In the Old Show Hall
Games room for all ages

CWA Rooms
Almond cookery competition

For more information on the cooking competition, click on this Facebook link.

STREET PARADE
Sunday 28th July from 10.00 am.
Each year the Willunga Almond Blossom Festival Street Parade starts at the top of High Street, Willunga. At these 50th year celebrations, they will be showcasing the many years of volunteering and charity work by the Almond Blossom Queens from 1970 to 1998. They will be including these people in the parade, so please give them a warm welcome.

This is a free event and will feature local identities, live music, historical vehicles, dance troupes, local businesses, the local CFS truck and many more colourful characters.

The theme for this year is 'Let's Go Retro…..' to commemorate 50 years.



FESTIVAL LUNCHES
On Monday 29th July you can attend a festival lunch, and you can find out more about these at this link.

ANNUAL BALL
Yes, there will be an annual ball again for this event! Dust off that gorgeous ball gown, dust off your suits and come join in for a night to remember at the 50th Almond Blossom Ball.

This will be a special dinner dance celebration where you can enjoy delicious food by Chef Todd Steele. There will also be some great entertainment by local musicians.

And what about those dancing shoes? Make sure you can dance in your shoes before you put them on because after the award presentations, the music will change and so you can dance the night away.

This will be held on Saturday 3rd August 2019 in the Festival Hall – 5 Main Road, Willunga. Dinner will be served at 6.30pm, with music and dancing until late.

You can find out more and make your booking at this site.

Almond Inspired Cookery Competition
Entries for the Willunga Almond Blossom Festival Cooking Competition are officially open! Organisers have this year extended the competition so that there will be more sections including the official Festival Cake.

They are looking forward to displaying your entries at their CWA rooms during the Festival. They will also welcome two very experienced CWA cooking judges. You can find more information and see the entry form at this website.



ENTRY COSTS TO FESTIVAL
Entry Adult $8
Concession/Student $5
Family Pass $20 (up to 4 children)
Children under 5 free
Saturday hours: 11.00 am - 9.00 pm
Sunday hours: 10.30 am - 4.00 pm

For more information on the Almond Blossom Festival, go to their Facebook page.
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Why? For an almond blossom festival with heaps on
When: 27th and 28th July 2019
Where: Willunga Recreation Park, Main Road Willunga, SA 5172
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