After eight years away, Chilli Festival returns to Araluen Botanic Park

Horticulturalist George Shingles with Events Officer Marie-Adeline Paris from the Araluen Botanic Park Picture: Matt Jelonek www.communitypix.com.au   d477742
Horticulturalist George Shingles with Events Officer Marie-Adeline Paris from the Araluen Botanic Park Picture: Matt Jelonek www.communitypix.com.au d477742

AFTER eight long years away, the hottest festival on the Perth calendar is returning to Araluen Botanic Park next month.

After the huge success of its first seven years, Araluen’s Chilli Festival spent the next seven years in Fremantle before running in Victoria Park last year as part of a combined Chilli and Avocado Festival.

But in February the event will return to the place where it all began.

Chilli fans will have plenty to enjoy during the two-day event including cooking demonstrations from celebrity chef Vince Garreffa while chilli plant, sauce, beer, donut, wine and chutney sales are sure to get mouths watering.

There will also be live music and entertainment, including a chilli eating competition.

Araluen Botanic Park Foundation marketing officer Tenielle Doutr said they had received a lot of feedback from the public that they wanted the festival back.

“We can’t wait to have the festival back at the park and show off to the people of Perth what a beautiful place Araluen is,” she said.

“The park is a great place for a casual picnic under the trees or a big chilli celebration which is exactly what we plan to deliver.

“This is going to be a great festival held in Perth’s hidden ‘Garden in the Hills’.”

Araluen’s Chilli Festival is on February 3 and 4.

Tickets are only sold online, with adults $22 and children free.

Visit www.araluenbotanicpark.com.au/festivals for more information or for tickets.

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