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In April and May, walnuts, hazelnuts and chestnuts fall in orchards, backyards and along the lanes of Wandiligong. Heritage apples litter the grass verges and blackberries twine through the fences. Residents and visitors gather this windfall to create jams, pastes, soups, or simply to gorge. The Wandiligong Nut Festival is your opportunity to join us in celebrating the harvest.
Wandiligong is a small, semi-rural settlement of about 400 people located approximately 350 km north-east of Melbourne at the foot of the Victorian Alps. The festival, begun in 2001, was initially a low-key, local affair but has now grown to include a market, art, music, and food and wine events.
This year there is heaps more free nut cracking, food demonstrations by Anthony Simone (Simone's) and Frank Martinez of Sole e Luna with wine matching by Alpine Vignerons and live music all day.
The Nut and Chestnut Expo explains the health benefits of chestnuts, hazelnuts and walnuts along with tastings and tips on preparation.
The arts flourish in our relaxed, secluded valley. Visit local galleries, listen to amateur and professional musicians performing at the festival, join our local artists in face and T-shirt painting, talk to stall holders about their culinary creations.
Our ethic is 'sustainable hedonism'. Enjoy the generous bounty of our valley – apples, berries, nuts, chestnuts: growing wild for your pleasure or carefully nurtured also for your pleasure in our Wandiligong.