FOODIES will be delighted to hear that this year’s Rotary Jacaranda Festival will have a special focus on gourmet gastronomy, with a section of the annual Applecross extravaganza dedicated to mouth- watering local cuisine.
The 16th festival will be held on Saturday, November 26 and stallholders applications are now open.
Applecross Rotary past president John Kevan said the festival committee was particularly interested in hearing from people with unique or interesting food offerings.
“In the parking lot around The Good Grocer, we’ve decided to cut down on the sideshows that people can get elsewhere and instead concentrate on gourmet food and some of the local specialities,” he said.
Mr Kevan said this year’s festival was set to be the biggest yet, with more than 130 stalls available.
More than 150 potential stallholders have already pre-registered for information and Mr Kevan encouraged anyone hoping to display their wares to ensure their applications were submitted before the September 15 deadline.
“There will be strong competition for stalls and the committee works hard to make sure that we don’t get 10 of the same kind,” he said.
“We have some people that traditionally come along, but that gets assessed every year and there are always some exciting new stalls to make sure the festival remains bright and fresh.”
The Rotary Jacaranda Festival is sponsored by Lotterywest and the City of Melville and the money raised through stallholder applications is used to help local community groups.
Anyone interested in operating a stall can visit www.applecrossrotary.org/stories/ stallholder-information.