This year marks the 10 year anniversary of the LiveLighter Bloom Festival.
This year’s wildflower season has brought a multitude of colours to the region, somewhat making up for the deluge of rain we have been experiencing.
With spring having started on the first of this month (theoretically), the festival will run from 18th of September to 17th of October.
The month will be filled with festive activities spread across 19 towns. With over 30 different events and displays the festival offers a plethora of sites to see.
Exploring the regions
The presentations will take you across the region from Mount Barker in the south, Kojonup and Woodanilling to the north, Pingurup in the east to Frankland River in the west.
It will take in major centres such as Katanning, Gnowangerup, the Stirling Ranges and the Porongurups.
From arts and crafts, displays and entertainment, exhibitions and workshops, the event will be filled with something for everyone.
Food and wine events will also find themselves amongst fauna and floral themed activities.
Visitors can indulge in guided tours, walk along trails, view the open gardens as well as go on guided tours with events focusing on heritage, landcare and Noongar culture.
Enjoy the culinary delights
Although there are so many interesting events happening, for the food fiends we’ve put together a list of the events that are designed to satisfy your tastebuds.
Held on the second Saturday of each month from 9am until 1pm, the Kendenup Town Hall Markets have no entrance fee, selling gifts and fresh produce inside and outside.
The Gilberts Bloom Festival Picnic Box which runs every weekend from 10am on Saturday 18th of September until 4pm on Sunday 17th of October.
Mount Barker’s Gilbert Wines provides a picnic box for two filled with local cheeses, drips, relishes and crackers, garden salad and two glasses.
Wine and soft drinks will be available for purchase.
“The picnic boxes are designed to either enjoy here at Gilberts or to take with you to enjoy whilst exploring the wildflowers and scenery in the region.
“The picnic box is designed for two and includes a selection of local cheeses, home made dips, relishes, crackers, fresh gourmet salad plus two wine glasses.
“Wine and soft drink can be purchased to add to your picnic,” said Gilbert Wines Manager Clinton Gilbert.
On Tuesday 21st of September, Premier Mill Hotel, Style and Leaf Co. and Forage by Jo will be hosting a Native Bloom Luncheon at the Premier Mill Hotel.
Starting at 11:30am and ending at 3pm, you will be taught how to decorate a Christmas table in traditional, modern and native styles.
Tickets include a two-course meal, champagne on arrival and botanical waters.
The Porongurup Markets take place every Sunday from 10am to 2pm.
After the markets, visitors can attend a free sundowner with live music, wine and pizzas starting at 3pm and ending at 6pm.
On Sunday 26th of September from 4:30pm to 6:30pm will be the launch of the LiveLighter Bloom Festival, the launch of the Stirling Ranges Trails App and the official opening of the Horsepower Highway.
Gypsy Kitchen will be providing canapes and visitors can enjoy local wine and beverages while listening to jazz artist Josh Panjer-Nicholls.
Tickets include transport, entertainment, wine and canapes.
On Saturday 2nd of October from 11am to 6pm, Gilbert Wines will be hosting Bloomin Raid The Cellar!
At this event, you will be able to taste and buy four wines that come from different decades.
“We will be showcasing wines from the 90’s, 00’s, 2010’s and the 2020’s.
“Wines will be available for tasting and select wines to purchase at the event.
“The wines include previous trophy winners such as the 2010 Riesling & triple gold medal winning 2015 3 Lads Cabernet.
We are also very excited by a few reds from the 90’s that are on tasting such as our Cabernet Shiraz blends from the late 90’s,” said Manager Clinton Gilbert.
In addition, you’ll be able to enjoy live music as you enjoy your tasting plate.
“We love supporting local musicians.
“Currently at this stage we have tentatively booked in Adam Grok,” added the manager.
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