Chestnuts have been grown in Australia for over 100 years. Chestnuts are ready for picking in April/May each year.
A highlight of the season each year is the Chestnut Festival at Kalorama. The local Chestnut Festival has been going for over 30 years. It is an amazing effort for a little Preschool in the area and is co-ordinated by parents and friends. The local community puts a lot of time into making it a great day out for all the family.
The Festival started as a ‘Chestnut Roast’ within the pre-school grounds at Mt Dandenong and has grown into a major event in the Dandenong Ranges, held at the Kalorama Reserve on the first Sunday of May each year.
Market Stalls, Fairground Rides & Buskers
The locals host a number of stalls and also invite other market stall holders to attend which makes for a colourful event, along with fairground rides and buskers. The stalls include roast chestnuts (of course), hot food, poffertjes, devonshire teas, cakes, coffee and raffles.
Chestnuts are delicious and fragrant with a distinctive taste. They can be eaten in a variety of ways –boiled, fried or roasted, and have a unique nutritional make up which allows much more versatility than most nuts. We generally picture chestnuts as an edible yellow centre with a smooth, glossy brown outer shell. But did you know that before harvested, chestnuts are covered by a prickly shell called a burr?
Chestnuts are unique because of their low fat and high moisture content compared to other nuts. Unlike other nuts, chestnuts are made of mostly carbohydrates which makes them more akin to a grain. They are high in fibre, low in calories and rich in complex carbohydrates and Vitamin C.
The event will be held on [add date] 2017 10-4pm at Kalorama Reserve, just up the road from CountryPlace. Kalorama Reserve (boasts a small clubhouse (Country Devonshire Tea is served here) and ample parking for 150 cars. There is easy roadside parking for 100 more cars and locals tend to walk or ride their bikes to the festival.
For more details visit the Festival's Facebook Page.
CountryPlace offers accommodation for the weekend. Call us to book on 9728 7000.