ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Each year, when the leaves are transitioning to their beautiful autumnal colours, and the mornings become a little bit more frosty, our local growers celebrate the nut harvesting time in the alpine valleys.
Nestled amongst heritage trees and gums near Morses Creek, at the historic Alpine Park, the Alpine community and regional growers welcome you to celebrate the best our region has to offer.
Just for one day, the park becomes a hive of nut-based activities such as chestnut, hazelnut and walnut growers, nut-cracking tables, chestnut roasting and nut-based cooking demonstrations.
Walking through gaily coloured market stalls, you will discover local art and craft stalls, local products, food and drink. During the day, you will find activities for everyone: activities for children, live music, and so much more!
A little bit of history
Wandiligong Nut Festival was established in May 2001.
It was the inspiration of three local women who envisaged the festival as uniting this small, isolated rural community around the theme of fun, laughter, celebration of the nut harvest and local culinary, artistic and performing talents.
Year after year, this little local festival grew and became a traditional celebration of the Autumn harvest time in the Alpine area of Victoria.
It's now an annual event to celebrate the end of the nut harvest in the valley of Wandiligong, in particular the chestnut, walnut and hazelnut harvests which are unique to our area. It brings together local growers, producers and makers with the local community and tourists in a day long festival. Its a relaxed family friendly festival with markets stalls selling hot food, local produce, hand crafted items as well as wine and beer from local producers. There is live music throughout the day, chestnut roasting, walnut cracking, children's entertainments and other demonstrations. The festival also provides fundraising opportunities for local community groups and organisations such as the Wandiligong Primary School, Bright Lions Clubs, Bright Men's Shed and the Vehicle Preservation Society.