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Willunga Almond Blossom Festival adds fiery flair to historical celebration this July

The Willunga Almond Blossom Festival will feature fire performers Inferno, local musicians, and tons of family-friendly activities.

The picturesque region of Willunga, located south of Adelaide, holds a notable place in Australia’s almond industry history. It was here, in the early 20th century, that Samuel Strout planted the first seeds of what would grow into the largest almond orchard in the southern hemisphere.

Today, as almond blossoms begin to grace the landscape, the vibrant community of Willunga is preparing for the annual Willunga Almond Blossom Festival on the 27th and 28th of July.

In its early days, Willunga boasted an impressive 2,000 acres of almonds. Visitors flocked to witness the breathtaking almond blossoms that painted the countryside in shades of pink and white. As the industry flourished, the community seized the opportunity and established the Willunga Almond Blossom Festival in 1969 to raise funds for the construction of the town’s festival hall. This iconic event not only celebrates the region’s rich history but continues to support the diverse range of clubs and organisations that call Willunga Recreation Park their home.

The Recreation Park oval will light up on the Saturday night with an exciting new addition to the almond blossom festival. The Inferno fire performers will entertain crowds with their dramatic fire twirling and fire breathing act ahead of the huge fireworks display. “Inferno thrilled the crowds at this year’s Adelaide Fringe Festival in February and are arguably Australia’s hottest fire show. They will bring a theatrical new dimension to our winter festival which is now in its 53rd year,” says Sally Scantlebury, Festival Manager.

Willunga’s historic Show Hall will come alive with music, featuring a weekend program packed with local artists and bands. A new highlight of the festival is a young and upcoming local talent showcase managed by year 12 students from the Willunga Waldorf School.

One of the historical features of the festival is the opportunity for the public to put their baking skills to the test in making the best Almond Blossom Festival cake. Always a popular feature of the event, the cakes will be judged by a panel including the Country Women’s Association, local chefs, and special guests. A range of prizes are to be won for all ages.

Children’s activities and performances will be spread throughout the weekend in and around the new giant tipi. There will be science shows, story time, a petting zoo, camel and pony rides, mini golf, and a giant game.

The Willunga Almond Blossom Festival brings together families and visitors from near and far to revel in a weekend of festivities, offering a wide array of attractions and activities. From thrilling show rides and live music to kids’ crafts and games, vintage car displays, market stalls, mouth-watering food and drinks, to a fireworks display and almond-inspired activities, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

The festival showcases the community’s commitment to preserving their traditions, supporting local businesses, and fostering a strong sense of camaraderie. Mark your calendars for 27th and 28th July and join us at Willunga Recreation Park for two days of inclusive family fun.

For further information on the 2024 Willunga Almond Blossom Festival, please visit Willunga Almond Blossom Festival.

TIMES:
Saturday, 27th July: 11 am – 9 pm
Sunday, 28th July: 10 am – 4 pm

Ticket Information:
Ticket Booking Link
$25 Family (up to 4 children)
$10 Adults
$5 Students (5 – 16 years)/Concession
Children under 5 free no ticket required
EFTPOS available at the gate.

Where: 5 Main Rd, Willunga SA 5172
More details: https://willungarecpark.com.au/almond-blossom-festival/

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