Purple blossoms provide perfect backdrop for eye-catching Rotary Jacaranda Festival

8 November 2022

Our neighbourhood’s signature lavender blooms will paint Applecross Village purple as part of the annual Rotary Jacaranda Festival next weekend.

Proudly supported by Mont Property, the event is now in its 22nd year and will take place on Saturday, November 19, with more than 12,000 people expected to enjoy what promises to be a spectacular array of 140 artisan stalls, entertainment and family fun.

This year’s festival will be a plastic-free event with recyclable crockery and cutlery, and no plastic bottled water.

Among the stallholders will be Arty Brellas, which will host umbrella painting workshops, Lorraine Angelina Designs showcasing intricate ballpoint pen drawings, and Shenae Lange, a resin artist who creates handmade serving and chopping boards inspired by nature.

In addition, there will be a main entertainment stage with free performances all day, roving entertainers and a kids’ zone with an animal farm, bouncy castle and face painting, as well as a food zone with an array of tasty options and a covered dining area.

Kenn Williams, from Applecross Rotary, said the festival had become a favourite on the local events calendar and was a proud contributor in ‘giving back’ to the community.

“Over the years, the funds raised by the voluntary Applecross Rotary Festival are largely given back to our community, and especially the groups who support us on the day,” Mr Williams said. “In the last 10 years, almost $200,000 has been ‘given back’ to the community from this fabulous community event.”

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

Mr Williams thanked the sponsors for their support.

He estimated around 1000 volunteer hours had been invested in the planning and event day itself.

“Applecross Rotary is a leader in its local volunteer community and is always looking for fresh help and ideas to help promote the value of giving back to our world,” he said.

Mont Property Managing Director Matthew Podesta said Mont had been a proud sponsor of the local celebration for many years.

“There is nothing more striking than Applecross’s beautiful spring streetscape as the setting for this loved community celebration, which is one of my favourite local events,” Mr Podesta said.

“I’d like to thank Applecross Rotary and all of the volunteers who have made this wonderful event possible. The Mont team looks forward to seeing a great turnout on the day.”

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

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