30 years of Strawbfest

April and Eliza Smith and Saskia Calder have started harvesting for Strawbfest, on September 8

April and Eliza Smith and Saskia Calder have started harvesting for Strawbfest, on September 8

If you have never heard of Strawbfest before, it is a strawberry festival held at Chevallum State School on the first Friday of September every year. The whole community gets involved, from the school, to the locals, to the SES, Lions and Rotary Club.

This year it starts at 5pm on Friday, September 8, and will continue until around 9.30pm. It is so popular that they usually start running out of food at around 8pm!

P&C President of Chevallum State School, Ben Calder, says, “Mirroring the multicultural influences in our school community, Strawbfest this year will offer a multi-cultural world of food and a variety of entertainment.

“There will be bigger, better and more mechanical rides than ever before, a licensed Strawberry Daiquiri bar, numerous traditional stalls, an abundance of strawberries, live music across three stages, side-show alley, and much much more, with the evening culminating in an impressive fireworks display.”

Next to Chevallum State School is the Twist’s strawberry farm. The Twist’s grow the most delicious strawberries you have ever tasted, and each year the Twists open up their hearts and allow the kids to pick truckloads of their delicious strawberries.

The school then turns these strawberries into strawberry and marshmallow kebabs, strawberry daiquiris, strawberry topped pavlovas, strawberry milk shakes, chocolate-coated strawberries, strawberry syrup and strawberry jam!

Ben adds, “The parents also make Sushi, curries, cakes, pork rolls, sausage sandwiches and hamburgers. And there is a fully licensed bar manned by Deputy Principal, Judy Fisher.”

By all accounts, be warned: once you have tasted a milkshake made with the Twist’s strawberries you will want to come back every year, just for these milkshakes.

But wait, there’s more! “Our strawberry sundaes are made from the pure, condensed gratitude you feel when the week ends. Scoop after scoop of pink, frosty goodness,” Ben smiles.

Everyone appreciates the fresh, juicy strawberries, straight off of the farm, picked by the kids and packed by the parents.

Imagine eating pavlova topped with cream, strawberries and home-made strawberry syrup with a scoop of ice-cream. “Or, you can just come and eat ours, and not have to bother with your imagination!” Ben suggests.

If you’ve eaten your fill, remember there are also rides, great music, stalls and fireworks to enjoy, with hay bales for everyone to sit on and watch the main stage. But bring a blanket or a chair so you can settle in and listen to some good tunes in case the bales are all taken.

This year is the festival’s 30th year and it’s going to be SWEET!

www.facebook.com/pg/ChevallumStrawbfest or call 07 54532333.