Expo ready to go

Local produce and culture will be celebrated at Karragullen Expo.d426787
Local produce and culture will be celebrated at Karragullen Expo.d426787

The Mondo Meats celebrity chef will hold cooking demonstrations throughout the day for the avocado festival, which will also feature stalls and products, avocado growing education, tree sales, orchard visits, children’s activities and giveaways.

The wider expo will, as always, cater for families, home gardeners, hobby farmers, horticulturalists and orchardists, with entertainment, produce, flower and plant displays and sales, horticultural innovations and agricultural equipment.

There will be wine-tasting, preserving and Thermomix demonstrations, heritage displays, Kids’ Corner with free fruit kebab-making, free childrens’ rides and an animal farm and lessons on growing fruit trees, budding and grafting.

Hot and cold food will be on sale, with Jimmy’s Bar open from 11am.

The Department of Agriculture and Food will also be on hand with activities and information on common horticultural issues.

Visitors can see displays of fruit fly traps and table grape developments, and speak to experts about grapevines, grafted vines and cuttings, fruit fly management and controlling deciduous fruit tree mites and greenhouse thrips.

Gates open 9am at Karragullen Oval on Old Station Road.

Admission is $10 adults, pensioners and children over 12 $5, children under 12 free.

The Expo won the 2013 Premier’s Award for the best community event.