Stalls a-plenty

AR­DROSS Street is getting ready for the 18th an­nual Ro­tary Jacaranda Festival, fea­tur­ing more than 165 stall­hold­ers.

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BREN­DAN Pang will be cook­ing up some of his fa­mous dumplings at this year’s Ro­tary Jacaranda Festival.

The Ap­ple­cross res­i­dent, of MasterChef Aus­tralia fame, will join about 165 stall­hold­ers on a sec­tion of Ar­dross Street for the 18th edi­tion of the free fam­i­lyfriendly event on Satur­day.

About 10,000 peo­ple are ex­pected to eat, buy gifts, lis­ten to mu­sic and so­cialise at the big an­nual event.

Mr Pang said it was his first time tak­ing part in the festival, al­though he had vis­ited many times. “I’ve got one of my fel­low

Masterchef con­tes­tants, Reece Hignell, over from New­cas­tle; we were do­ing the (Mar­garet River) Gourmet Es­cape to­gether so it made sense,” he said.

“I’ll do a few dif­fer­ent dumplings, in­clud­ing a pork and prawn, which is my sig­na­ture dish, and have some sim­ple tasty sauces like a sa­tay sauce.

“I think I’ll have to make a lot. I made 600 re­cently for an event but I know how busy it gets here.

“There’s al­ways a great at­mos­phere at the festival and I’m ex­cited to be a part of it. Pop-up restau­rants are more my style.”

Festival or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee mem­ber Kate Zappa said prepa­ra­tions for the festival were go­ing well.

“It feels like ev­ery year is go­ing to be the big­gest,” she said.

“There’s go­ing to be a great mix of stall­hold­ers from re­tail­ers to food out­lets, pop-up food vendors.

“There will be plenty of ac­tiv­i­ties in the kid’s zone, such as face paint­ing.

“The festival is a big mar­ket for Christ­mas items be­cause it’s one of the first events lead­ing into the fes­tive sea­son, so there will be lots of treats and gifts.

“We have a stage next to Phar­macy 777, which will give an op­por­tu­nity for lo­cal groups and schools to per­form.”

All park­ing on the day will be at Ap­ple­cross Pri­mary School, al­though peo­ple are en­cour­aged to walk or cy­cle if they live close enough.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son­mu­ni­ d488458

Dumplings were on the menu when Bren­dan Pang in­vited Kate Zappa to try a dish he will make for the Ro­tary Jacaranda Festival.

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