Applecross Jacaranda Festival: fest to cast a spell


Priyanka Sivabalan as Fairy Pri and Chloe Rendell as Fairy Chloe. Picture: Will Russell        www.communitypix.com.au   d462047
Priyanka Sivabalan as Fairy Pri and Chloe Rendell as Fairy Chloe. Picture: Will Russell        www.communitypix.com.au d462047

FAIRIES, food and flowering jacarandas take centre stage on Saturday when an Applecross institution returns for the 16th consecutive year.

The Rotary Jacaranda Festival has raised $160,000 in the past decade and a half, with all of that money reinvested into local community groups and projects.

This year’s instalment promises to be the biggest yet with more than 130 stalls, a brand new gourmet food zone and one of the most extensive entertainment programs in festival history.

The Good Grocer store manager Ari Acton said the culinary zone would include a mixture of food to try and food to buy.

“There will be four or five stalls offering free tastings and then eight or nine different options of food to purchase,” he said.

“Slow-roasted Manjimup lamb in rolls, butter chicken and Argentinean barbecue are some of the things on offer and pretty much all of the produce is sourced from WA.”

Children’s entertainers Freedom Fairies will bring some magic to the festival, roaming through the crowd and putting on an interactive stage show.

Fairy performer Priyanka Sivabalan said Freedom Fairies aimed to re-awaken the imagination and create moments of magic.

“It’s all about bringing magic to the real world because sometimes we’re so caught up with everything that’s going on in our lives that we forget to smile and be happy,” she said.