The annual taste of Chittering festival offers a delightful day out for foodies, families and friends across the weekend of October 17 and 18 at Nesci Estate Wine Farm.  Just 45-minutes from Perth, thousands of locals and day-trippers are expected to join the festivities from at 10.00 am each day, running to 5.00 pm on Saturday and 3.00 pm on Sunday. 

The program will showcase the local food, wine, beer, produce, and art of the Chittering region with market stalls, pop-up bar, live cooking, tastings, food trucks, music and free family entertainment – all set amongst a stunning vineyard in the picturesque countryside.

Epicureans will delight in the live cooking demonstrations in the Grower’s Marketplace presented by Slow Food Swan Valley Inc.  Taking place on Saturday from 11.00 am to 4.00 pm, and Sunday from 11.00 am to 2.00 pm, three chefs will be rotating across the weekend including:

  • Concetta Sultan from Nuts & Stuff, cooking recipes from her newly published book Cugini in Cucina;
  • Dale Tilbrook from Maalinup Aboriginal Gallery offering bush tukka recipes and tastings of different bush food products; &
  • Vincenzo Velletri from Slow Food Swan Valley and Eastern Regions Inc. who will feature specialist local produce in his live cooking.

The local region specialist produce that will feature and be available for tastings includes:

  • Black barley: award-winning grain, unique in Australia from Roger Duggan’s Black Barley Australia in New Norcia.  This delicious ancient grain can go direct from paddock to plate;
  • Black garlic:  this sweet garlic can be eaten straight from the bulb, produced by Garlic Affair by Erhardt and Elizma Joubert on their property in Nilgen near Lancelin;
  • Mottanai lamb: magnificent tasting lamb is reared only on carrot wastage, reducing waste and producing a stunning taste:
  • Goat cheese:  from Local Goat in Gingin where small batch artisan cheeses are produced from freshly hand-milked goats: &
  • Local asparagus: fresh asparagus from Wootra Farm, grown in rich Bindoon soil.  

With under two weeks to go, now is the time to plan your self-drive journey through the Chittering Valley and discover some hidden gems and instagrammable backdrops on the way to Nesci Estate.  Use the suggested itinerary on the website to plan your route through rolling green hills and valleys, fragrant citrus orchards and stunning Spring wildflowers.    

Pre-ordered picnic hampers and grazing boards packed with the freshest and tastiest regional produce are available through the Northern Valleys Locavore Store. Simply pre-order through the festival website and collect on the day.