As we roll on into August it’s time to get excited because it marks the start of this year’s Spring Into Armadale festivities! Running from August to November it offers a diverse range of fabulous events to encourage folks to visit the beautiful Perth Hills/Armadale region.
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The events vary in focus from those tailored especially for explorers and natural lovers, given the abundance of beautiful parks in the area, to those for culture and history enthusiasts, who are able to enjoy the stunning local art exhibits and take in historical landmarks, along with plenty of family friendly activities to attend, including some great community fairs and for me, there’s are events which ensure that no foodie is going to go hungry! Options a plenty!
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This is definitely what I found out last year when I attended a few events from the Spring Into Armadale calendar. So for 2018 here are a few events that have caught my eye.
Coming up very soon is one for the dinner theatre fans, Ye Olde Narrogin Inne is holding a Faulty Towers Dining Experience on August 19th. Sure to be a fun and entertaining night out, with Basil Faulty bringing in the laughs, so why not head along! You’ll enjoy a delicious three course meal and a chance to actually get involved with the show, because audience participation is highly encouraged. Booking details can be found below.
Basil, Sybil and Manuel serve a 3-course meal along with plenty of laughs and audience participation in this 5-star immersive show – a show that’s never the same twice, because it’s 70% improvised. It’s great for comedy and theatre fans, as well as anyone who just fancies going out for an unforgettable meal and a hugely good time. This true blend of ingenious comedy and unique theatrical script is a multi-sensory treat where chaos reigns right from the start.
- Date 19 August 2018
- Time 7.30 – 9.30pm
- Venue Ye Olde Narrogin Inne, Albany Highway and South Western Highway, Armadale
- Event contact Call 1300 308 193 or visit www.interactivetheatre.com.au
- Price $89
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A major event on the Spring Into Armadale calendar runs from August 18th to September 24th and it is tulip season at Araluen! And it turns out I just love tulips! I made my Araluen debut last year and it was a stunning day out. Such a beautiful place, a really special and well tended part of Perth that everyone should visit. It is so entirely delightful to spend a few hours taking a pleasant wander throughout the park, so you can enjoy every single garden bed, which are full of brightly coloured blooms in every shade of the rainbow. Plus you have the option of packing a tasty picnic lunch to enjoy on the grassed space (and there is plenty of room!) or as with last year they’ll have a few food vans in attendance so you can also just pick up something to eat from them. Go check out those tulips!
It’s Yates Springtime at Araluen features over 145,000 Tulips planted throughout the Park as well as thousands of other bulbs and flowers in full bloom. Join us this Spring for an enchanting journey of colour in Perth’s Hills. Relax and reconnect with nature, enjoy a picnic under the shade of the Marri Trees or visit the Chalet Healy Café for lunch. There are bursts of colour at every turn as you walk the pathways of the Park including our Internationally recognised Camellias, Magnolias and Rhododendrons. Take a ride on Araluen’s Train to learn the history of the Park and enjoy a variety of cuisines from our pop-up food stalls.
- Date 18 August to 24 September
- Time 9 – 6pm
- Venue Araluen Botanic Park
- Event contact Marie-Adeline Paris
- Price Adult $15 Children $7 Concession $12 Family $40 Group $10
If you haven’t been to Millbrook Winery before it is such a picturesque spot and their wines are more than a bit of alright. As well as that they have an outstanding chef in the kitchen and a large part of their menu is actually grown on site, hard to get fresher than that! Plus you actually get to check out their impressive garden as part of their Spring Lunch. Sure to be an amazing day out. Booking details below.
Spring at Millbrook is beautiful; the vineyard emerging from dormancy and fruit trees bursting with colour. Join us as we celebrate all the new season offers, with new release wines, incredible produce from the garden and the people that bring these wonderful things together! Start a tour of the winery and tasting with head winemaker Damian Hutton. Enjoy a canape and glass of wine before heading to the restaurant for a wine-matched long lunch prepared by an award winning chef and gardener Guy Jeffreys.
- Date Saturday 29 September
- Time 11.30am – 3pm
- Venue Millbrook Winery, Old Chestnut Lane, Jarrahdale
- Price Adults $110. Call 08 9525 5648 or visit www.millbrookwinery.com.au for more information
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Another event I visited last year was the Perth Hills Festival. Have you been to our fair Hills lately? So nice! This lovely rainy winter means that it is so beautifully green at the moment, well worth a drive. I have fond memories of an amazing roast pork roll when I visited….. plus I bought a really good carrot cake and an amazing jar of lemon butter and some wonderful fresh fruit and veg. I remember leaving with quite the heavy bag of goodies. It’s a great family friendly day out.
Perth Hills Festival is a community event showcasing local produce of the Hills area. Local businesses display their product and a wonderful friendly environment for families to enjoy. We have our celebrity chef on the day with cooking demonstrations and food sampling. Fruit tree sales at fabulous prices with helpful hints. The presentation tent always draws a good crowd. Bus tours to local orchards are very popular and interesting. Free rides for children under 12 and many stalls with interesting exhibits.
- Date 13 October 2018
- Time 9am – 4.30pm
- Venue Old Station Road, Karragullen
- Price Adult $10, Children over 12 $5, seniors $5 and under 12s free
The Kelmscott Show runs over a Friday and Saturday in October and is a very well attended local event. Complete with fireworks on the Friday night it has a total showground vibe, complete with rides, vibrant side show alley, animal displays, classic show features like wood chopping and plenty of food vans to tempt every palate. I have fond memories of a visit last year, in part because I enjoyed a delicious feed from Meast, a middle eastern meat and rice plate that was both ample and tasty, which left me just enough room to then relive my youth with visit to a Mr Whippy van for a sundae, complete with chocolate and spearmint topping.
Friday night has the Spectacular Freestyle Moto X bikes and Fireworks Spectacular. Saturday is family day and hosts the popular Kelmscott Idol singing finals on the main stage, along with heaps of supporting musical performances. Over 80 exhibitors will showcase trade, variety and food and there are over 50 craft stalls to stroll around. There will be animal displays including sheep, goats, cattle, donkeys, pigeons, poultry, reptiles, alpacas and a nursery for children. For the third year we will have the very popular KIDS ZONE.
- Date 19-20 October 2018
- Time Friday 4 – 9pm, Saturday 9am – 6pm
- Venue Rushton Park, Orlando Street, Kelmscott
- Price Adult $16 Children $ 10 Concession $ 10 Family $40 Under 5 free
A new event for the Spring Into Armadale are Sunday visits to Rocksgate Winery. Now I’ve not been to this winery before but they are combining two of my great loves – wine and pizza – so it sounds like a pretty delightful way to soak up the spring weather with some quality time spent outdoors.
Located in the Bedfordale Hills, Rocksgate is one of the Perth Hills Wine Region’s newest boutique wineries. Pop by to unwind on a Sunday afternoon with a glass of red or a crisp rose overlooking the vineyard. Enjoy wood fired pizza made from fresh ingredients including herbs from our own winery herb garden and traditional tomato sauce.
- Date Every Sunday from August – November 2018
- Time Noon – 5pm
- Venue Rocksgate Winery, 171 Canns Road
- Price Bookings recommended. Bedfordale Free Event – Food for sale. Call 0417 985 514 or visit www.rocksgatewinery.com for more information
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Well I’m now starving thinking about all these tasty events! So if you haven’t been to this region before or it’s been a long time between visits then do check out the full Spring Into Armadale program here because there is definitely something for everyone.
Keep an eye on the Perth Hills Armadale Facebook Page for more updates!
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