Applecross lights up in lavender for Rotary Jacaranda Festival

20 November 2021

The streets of Applecross will come alive amid a sea of purple when the annual Rotary Jacaranda Festival kicks off next weekend.

As a major sponsor of Applecross Rotary, Mont Property will be out in force on Saturday, November 27 with more than 15,000 people expected to attend this year’s event.

Kenn Williams, from Applecross Rotary, said the festival was a celebration of all things ‘community’, a mantra synonymous with the club’s work throughout the year.

The Rotary Jacaranda Festival, which has been held for the past 21 years, has become a favourite on the local events calendar. It was hosted at the Heathcote parklands for the first two years before it was relocated to the Applecross Village in Ardross Street.

“The festival has been building and building ever since and it’s now an institution and certainly a brand name that’s well recognised as one of the best events in Perth,” Mr Williams said.

“There’s 150-odd stalls, mainly commercial stalls with artisan quality goods for sale. Some of the stalls have been returning for 21 years, some of them have almost been there from the beginning.

“There’s also a significant food zone with some top quality food suppliers doing things like Bumplings by Brendan Pang who was on Masterchef. He’s been coming for many years and every year he brings more and sells out because he’s very popular.

“There’s a range of different food stalls in an area with covered seating and some tasting plates. It’s always a popular highlight.”

In addition, there will be a main entertainment stage with free performances all day, including talent from local schools, bands and roving entertainers; as well as a kids’ zone with an animal farm, bouncy castle, face painting, train rides and a gym bus.

The festival has been sponsored by the City of Melville and Lotterywest, as well as Applecross Rotary supporters Mont Property, The Good Grocer, Ross North Homes and Pharmacy 777.

Mr Williams thanked the festival and club sponsors for their support, which helped make the festival a success, along with hundreds of hours of work by local volunteers.

Mont Managing Director Matthew Podesta said Mont was proud to support the club in hosting the festival, which showcased the beautiful Applecross spring streetscape.

“Like many people in our neighbourhood, the Jacaranda Festival is one of my favourite local events, not only because of the stunning purple backdrop, but also because of the wonderful sense of community it fosters,” Mr Podesta said.

“We’re proud to celebrate this awesome community and look forward to seeing you there.”

The event runs from 9.30am until 3.30pm.

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