Have a bloomin’ good time at this year’s Rotary Jacaranda Festival

11 November 2023

The long-loved Rotary Jacaranda Festival will take over Applecross Village next weekend for a day of fun and festivities, under the suburb’s signature purple blooms.

This year, festival day has been moved to a Sunday, with the change expected to bring a bumper crowd of more than 15,000 and 150 stalls to Ardross Street on November 19.

Mont Property Managing Director Matthew Podesta said the Rotary Jacaranda Festival was a much-anticipated event and had raised thousands of dollars for the community in its 23 years.

“Mont Property is proud of our long and continued partnership with Rotary Applecross and the Rotary Jacaranda Festival, which has proven to be one of the most successful and loved events in our community,” Mr Podesta said.

“The Rotary Jacaranda Festival truly is a celebration for everyone in our community, from children, teens and families, to young professionals, grandparents and retirees, and showcases one of the most beautiful aspects of our neighbourhood – our canopy of beautiful purple jacarandas in spring.”

Among this year’s stallholders will be Arty Brellas, which will host parasol painting workshops, handcrafted ceramics by Izzett Design, Megumi Soaps and Seed Station.

There will be a marquee with free, continuous entertainment all day, roving entertainers and a kids’ area with an animal farm, gym bus and face painting, as well as a range of food outlets.

Kenn Williams, from Applecross Rotary, said hundreds of volunteer hours had been donated to the planning and running of the event, and he thanked those involved for their generosity.

“Pulling together an event of this scale doesn’t happen without a lot of commitment, dedication and organisation,” Mr Wiliams said.

“We estimate that around 600 volunteer hours will be invested in running the day itself, and that’s not to mention another 500 hours donated by volunteers who have worked hard to plan the event. We greatly appreciate the groups who support us on the day and are proud to have their ongoing help.”

Mr Williams said funds raised through the festival were largely given back to the community to support local projects and groups. He estimated around $230,000 had been raised and reinvested into the community in the past 11 years.

The 2023 festival has been sponsored by the City of Melville and Lotterywest event, as well as Mont Property, The Good Grocer, Ross North Homes and Pharmacy 777.

The event runs from 9.30am to 3.30pm. Entry is free but donations are welcome.

Road closures will be in place around Applecross Village between 6am and 5pm on Sunday. Parking is available on the Applecross Primary School oval and a wheelchair accessible shuttle bus will run between the sites and the festival.

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