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WILLUNGA ALMOND BLOSSOM FESTIVAL

13th – 14th November 2021

Saturday 11am – 9pm  & Sunday 10am – 4pm

         

entry

Families $25

Children under 5 FREE

50+

Years o f family fun

Our Willunga Almond Blossom Festival welcomes families for a weekend of fun, food, Saturday night fireworks, market stalls, camel rides, show rides, circus performers, animal nursery, live music and our Almond Hub exploring all things almond.

Family Fair Weekend

A weekend of family fun with show rides, food trucks, live music, market stalls

Fireworks

Join us Saturday night around the oval for our annual fireworks display

Tour our Blossoms

Find some hidden gems in Willunga’s parks. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the day out in July TOURING MAPS

Almond Cookery

Love almonds?
Present your best in our Almond Cookery Competition ENTRY FORM

Almond Cracking

Enter our Almond Cracking Competition on Sunday 1.00pm at the Almond Hub

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Food & Drink

Wood fired pizza, burgers, simple healthy snacks, Asian dishes or ‘carnie’ foo plus desserts & drinks

Market Stalls

A wide variety from woollen hats, preserves, jewellery, candles & artisan cards

Live music

Local live musicians, children shows in the big white marquee all weekend

Volunteers welcome

There is lots of variety. Please join us. VOLLIE SIGN UP

Stay for the weekend

The Fleurieu Penisula is chock full of wineries, eateries, galleries, gift shops, parks and beaches to explore

FAQ

Lots going on this weekend and here are some of the frequently asked questions

Caterers

Catering is invitation only. Please email Heather if you would are interested in our festival. EMAIL US

blossom maps

Find some hidden gems in Willunga’s parks. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the day out. Of follow the history of almonds in our region.

ALMOND COOKERY competition

Love Almonds? Why not enter our cookery competition

Entries in the almond-inspired cookery competition will be on display all weekend in the CWA rooms, where the Willunga Evening Branch ladies will be selling their crowd favourite tea and scones, plus their very successful cheese toasties for the kids.

ENTRY FORM

SECTIONS
OPEN SECTION
17 YEARS & ABOVE
1. Almond Cake [round]
2. Almond Biscuits
3. Almond Bread
4. Festival Cake
5. Almond Novelty
TEENS SECTIONS
12-16 YEARS
6. Small Almond Cakes
7. Almond Biscuits
8. Almond Bread
9. Festival Cake
10. Almond Novelty
JUNIOR SECTIONS
5-11 YEARS
11. Small Almond Cakes
12. Almond Biscuits
13. Almond Bread
14. Non-baked Almond Novelty
MEN ONLY SECTIONS
OPEN
15. Almond Cake [round]
16. Almond Biscuits
17. Almond Bread
18. Festival Cake
19. Almond Novelty
ARTISAN SECTIONS
OPEN
20. Almond Cake [round]
21. Almond Biscuits
22. Almond Bread
23. Festival Cake
24. Almond Novelty

DOWNLOAD ENTRY FORM

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RULES ALMOND COOKERY COMPETITION

One entry per person per section
Open to non-professional cooks & artisan
Oven baked goods only *except for Novelty
Cake size 18cm diameter maximum
Festival cake recipe will be supplied
Iced or Un-iced allowed
Supply 4 biscuits for judging
Supply 4 small cakes for judging (section #11)
Exhibits to be on firm white paper/plastic plate/glad wrapped
Exhibit ticket must be attached to entry
Delivery time: Friday 12 November 8am-10.30am
Pick up of goods Sunday 14 November 4.30-5pm

Almond ingredient variations permitted
Whole Almonds
Crushed Almonds
Almond Essence
Almond Meal
Flour variations any grain
Self-Raising Flour
Plain Flour
*Disclaimer: Please be aware all exhibits on display will not be refrigerated. It will be the individual’s responsibility if consumed
*Judging: No discussions will be entered into if exhibitors wish to question the Judge’s decisions

Certificates awarded to 1st 2nd & 3rd place  

MARKET stallS

Discover a whole new world of creativity, stumble upon something new at every turn .....

One of the much-loved aspects of the Willunga Almond Blossom Festival each year is our market stalls

A variety of market stalls are located in the Festival Hall & around the oval over our family fair weekend. With a diverse range of displays including handmade woollen products, cards, candles, jewellery. Clothing including beanies & scarves to complement your winter wardrobe. Plus cakes, preserves, biscuits, plants and much more. Note: Market Stall sites are limited:
Please email Jan our Market Stallholder Coordinator for further information or queries: info@almondblossomfestival.com.au

 

about our blossom region

Blossom Time

Almond trees are the first to flower in consideration with the other trees of the soft fruit varieties but the last to mature and be harvested. Blossoms started to appear in the coldest months late July & August.

Harvest Time

During the warmer months of February and March is harvest time or commonly known as’ knocking time’. Until recent years the method used was to knock the base of the boughs with a rubber waddy and the almonds would fall through onto a hessian sheet spread on the ground. The odd remaining almond on the tree was knocked off by using a long wooded pole. After completion the hessian was pulled into a long trailer called an almond boat or shovelled into bags. Now modernised ‘knocking’ is done with a hydraulic tree shaker which clamps to the tree base and vibrates. A mobile sweeper then forms rows of almonds on the ground for collection.

Almond Cracking in Willunga

Mr. G Max Herriot of Willunga invented and patented an almond cracking machine in 1942. His cracking machine was made locally and sold to almond orchardists world wide. The cracker consists of revolving discs with stuyds which the almonds pass through in turn cracking the shell.

History of Willunga Almond Blossom Festival

The festival has been the Willunga Recreation Park’s major fundraising event since 1969, when a local committee decided to raise money to build the Festival Hall. Today, proceeds from the festival continue to fund the maintenance and the continual upgrading of our park facilities. This week long event continues to be influenced, managed and powered by the generous donations of time, knowledge and dedication of volunteers within the Willunga community.

History of Willunga Recreation Park

The Willunga Recreation Park is “home” for many sporting clubs, markets, service and social organisations. These include the Willunga Football, Netball, Tennis, Cricket, Basketball and Table Tennis sporting clubs, the Willunga Quarry, Green Light and Artisan markets, Willunga Girl Guides, Meals on Wheels, Willunga RSL and CWA and Cinemallunga.

Part of the land is leased to Willunga CFS and the park is designated as an emergency centre when the need arises, as was recently the case with the fires in the Willunga Hills. It also provides sporting and Festival Hall facilities for the Willunga Primary School.

The idea for such a park in Willunga was conceived in 1855 when the first Willunga Show was held on the land later earmarked for the Recreation Park. In 1875 a meeting of residents determined that a public park be provided for the use of local residents and, in January 1876, eight (8) acres of land was purchased for the sum of 96 pounds ($192). This land eventually became known as Willunga Recreation Park.

In 1876 the oval was established and the Show Hall was built for 360 pounds ($720), followed by the oval pavilion in 1903. The Almond Blossom Festival began in 1969, with the aim of raising funds to build the Festival Hall [basketball stadium], which was opened in 1979.

Willunga Recreation Park has maintained its status as a multi-purpose park for the use of the residents of Willunga. Its management is the responsibility of the Willunga Recreation Park Incorporated (WRPI) volunteer committee on behalf of the community.

faq’s

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
  1. TICKETS – we recommend you purchased online via ONLINE TICKETS
  2. Children under 5 do not need a ticket
  3. EFTPOS will be available at the gate for ticket purchase
  4. Food options: Carnival food, burgers, hot dogs, nachos, pizzas, stirfry and icecream
  5. Beer, wine, cider, soft drinks are available for purchase, plus water on tap
  6. Entertainment: Show rides, side show, live music, camel & pony rides, circus performers, science show, roving performers, craft activities, reptiles display, target golf and mini golf.
  7. Variety of market stalls
  8. Licenced event Security check ID & wristbands for over 18s who purchase alcohol
  9. This is a Non-Smoking venue
  10. No BYO options
  11. No dogs allowed
  12. Car parking is on the street
  13. Public Transport: bus stop right out front on Main Road Willunga.
  14. Information via Adelaide Metro options are catch the train to Seaford and bus to Willunga Stop 97. Seaford bus #751 Adelaide Metro Routes/751 Seaford bus #751W & Aldinga Bus #755 & Port Willunga Bus #756

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5-7 Main Road Willunga South Australia
e: info@almondblossomfestival.com.au

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