The Kalorama Chestnut Festival is a beloved Dandenong Ranges community event that has been running for over 30 years.
Come along with your friends and family and enjoy all things chestnut with food and festivities planned throughout the day.
Kalorama Chestnut Festival 2024 Dates, Times & Address Location, VIC
The Festival has been running for over 30 years. It has become a local institution and a much-loved family day out for the local community and visitors seeking a taste of Autumn in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges. Each year, a new generation of local families take the reigns, lovingly carrying on the Chestnut Festival traditions and introducing just a hint of something new.
The kindergarten and primary school host several stalls and invite other market stall holders to join in the fun, making it a true celebration of the local Mt Dandenong, Olinda and Kalorama community.
At the heart of the Festival is the chestnut itself – a humble and under-utilised nut that can be found in abundant supply throughout the Hills. Chestnuts have been grown in Australia for over 100 years and are synonymous with Autumn for the Hills community – the familiar smell of roadside chestnut roasting stalls a special reminder of the changing seasons.
Each year, local families come together for picking days, where everyone trudges out to a local chestnut farm and collects this year’s harvest. This is followed up by another fun night (for parents only!) where we peel these notoriously tricky – and prickly – little things! The power of this humble nut in bringing together the community is something to behold.
So come up to Mt Dandenong for this unique autumn event and then stay for dinner. Dress warmly, as it can get cold during the evenings and let the chestnuts and the mulled wine keep you warm!