ORCHARD blossoms herald the start of the festival season in the Perth Hills.
Regional fruit growers will present their pick of the bunch at the former Karragullen Expo, renamed the Perth Hills Festival to celebrate the 34th anniversary of the community event on October 7, 9am to 4pm.
Growers from Pickering Brook to Gingin will be on hand to share their production secrets.
The festival is a 10-minute drive from Kalamunda on a blossom-filled route to Old Station Road in Karragullen.
Attractions throughout the day will vary from cooking demonstrations using WA-grown produce, fruit giveaways, free children’s activities and an array of small businesses selling their wares.
There will be free bus tours to nearby orchards for visitors to learn more about the locally-grown fruit industry.
The event is organised by volunteers from the Hills Orchard Improvement Group (HOIG) and sponsored by Healthway Live Lighter.
HOIG was formed in 1983 by a small group of stone and pome fruit producers who saw the need for a grassroots support group for the $50 million industry in the Perth Hills region.
Entry to the festival is $10 adults, $5 pensioners and 12-18 year olds, and free for children under 12.