Orchards go on show for Karragullen expo

Orchards go on show for Karragullen expo

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Fruit lovers will get an inside look into how their fruit gets from the orchard to the plate at the 2015 Karragullen expo on October 10.

The theme for this year’s expo was ‘tree to table’.

The hills orchard improvement group (HOIG) ran the expo and HOIG spokesman Brett Del Simone said it would give the public access to a fruit growing operation.

‘Tree to table’ serves to provide the general public information regarding the processes by which stonefruit, pomefruit and avocados are grown and processed on the way to the consumer point of sale,” he said.

“HOIG will offer unprecedented access to the public of an orchard site in bloom and with fruit on the trees plus the grading, packing, storage and transport facilities associated with fresh fruit production.”

A free bus service would be available on the day of the expo to transport interested attendees to nearby orchards at 11am and 2.30pm.

The expo will also have fresh produce and food for sale, fruit kebab making, spit roast, wine and beer sampling, children’s activities, a petting farm and machinery displays.

HOIG would also sell fruiting trees at wholesale prices and would have a free Mediterranean fruit fly information stall right next door to the tree sales.

Mr Del Simone said following its success last year they would have a celebrity chef on site utilising local produce to showcase the versatility and flavours of fresh WA produce.

More than 7000 people attended last year’s event but Mr Del Simone said this year’s event would be even bigger.

Tickets at the door were $10 for adults, $5 for pensioners and children under 12 were free.

The expo will be held at Karragullen oval off Old Station Road, Karragullen.

Gates open at 9am.