Festival to attract thousands

Festival-goers at one of the displays at last year’s festival.
Festival-goers at one of the displays at last year’s festival.

Run over the WA Day long weekend (Saturday, May 31, and Sunday, June 1) at the Northam Recreation Centre, the festival is likely to attract thousands of visitors.

The exhibitions have been fully booked, with 85 stalls featuring local gourmet products and food from all over WA.

Chilli, cheese, chocolate, olive oil products, nuts, sauces, spices, preserves, yabbies, wine and beer tastings, confectionery, and cookware are some of the specialties from exhibitors.

Highlights will include cooking demonstrations from Slow Food, an international not-for-profit organisation founded in Italy in the 1980s to protect disappearing local food traditions.

It now has more than 100,000 chapters worldwide and the Avon Valley and Perth chapters will join chefs Sophie Budd, Katrina Lane and Bella Bushell to highlight local produce, cooking demonstrations and food conversations.

There will be rides, a cuddly animal farm and face painting to entertain the children during the festival.

Parking is available at the venue with a gold coin donation, with part proceeds going to Northam Men’s Shed. The festival runs from 10am to 4pm daily.

Tickets are $12 for adults and children under 12 years can enter free with an adult. Two-day weekend |passes are available for $22.

Long lunch tickets are on sale for $149, including wines and general entry.

For more information, visit www.avoneventsandmarketing.com or contact Tanya Richardson at tanya1973@skymesh.com.au or |0429 260 537.