Hot dates in Fremantle

Liz Dunn and Grant Nixon from Araluen Botanic Gardens.|Picture: Matthew Poon www.communitypix.com.au d396175
Liz Dunn and Grant Nixon from Araluen Botanic Gardens.|Picture: Matthew Poon www.communitypix.com.au d396175

Araluen Botanic Park Foundation general manager Rod Ross said the event, to be held next weekend from 10am to 5pm each day, now ranked as one of the state’s premier cultural events.

‘Its popularity has been driven by its unique character and culture of sensational taste treats, infectious vibrant entertainment, plants, produce, demonstrations and much more,’ Mr Ross said.

‘The move to Fremantle from Ara-luen Botanic Park in 2010 facilitated an expansion of this popular cultural theme and offers visitors greater accessibility options.’

This year the festival will boast more than 80 stallholders offering chilli plants, foods, beverages and tastings and non-stop live entertainment will run all weekend.

Cooking demonstrations for adults and a Kids in the Kitchen interactive cooking activity for 9 to 12-year-olds will also be on offer.

Free tastings will be handed out after the annual ‘Butcher’s Picnic’ which includes state judging of the best meat pie and beefburger.

Visitors can also pitch baseball with the ABL Perth Heat team, or children can take part in a free activity in which they plant a seed then take it home to watch it grow.

Entry to the Chilli Festival costs $15 for adults, accompanying children up to 17 years enter free.

The chilli theme will continue at Araluen into April will a variety of fruiting chilli plants on display. For details visit www.araluenbotanicpark.com.au.