Image credit: Willunga Almond Blossom Festival
The iconic Willunga Almond Blossom Festival joins the growing list of COVID causalities as South Australia plunges into a week-long lockdown.
The festival, scheduled to run this weekend, have postponed their event until November following SA’s tightening of restrictions. The state has recorded a total of 6 community cases so far.
This isn’t the first COVID loss for the Willunga-based festival, as organisers pulled the pin on their November program last year amid the rising Parafield cluster. In a statement released today, festival coordinator Heather Williams says the committee was ‘extremely disappointed’ by the news.
The annual Almond Blossom festival acts as a family-friendly fundraiser to raise much-needed funds for ongoing refurbishments to the Willunga Recreation Park. While attendees can request a refund, festival-goers are encouraged to donate the cost of their ticket purchase towards future improvements for the community-owned and managed complex.
It was hoped that this year’s funds would help finish upgrades to the park’s 40-year-old basketball stadium.
The celebration of all thing almond boasted a jam-packed schedule of cookery competitions, carnival rides, an impressive array of market stalls, as well as a late-night firework spectacular to mark its 51st year.
Although saddened by the rescheduling, the team behind the Almond Blossom festival looks forward to hosting their event in the not too distant future.
Beer and BBQ Festival also announced earlier today that they will postpone their multi-day event until September 24th -26th and the much-anticipated Illuminate Adelaide have paused their program until restrictions ease.