Expo tree to table

The West Australian

The Hills Orchard Improvement Group has unveiled the 2015 Karragullen Expo theme - "Tree to Table".

An annual event held on Old Station Road, Karragullen, this year it's on Saturday, October 10.

"Tree to Table" aims to give the general public information on the processes by which stone fruit, pome fruit and avocados are grown and processed on the way to the consumer point-of-sale.

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

A free bus service will be available on the day of the expo, which will transport interested attendees at 11am and 2.30pm for the orchard visits.

As always, the expo will host fresh produce displays, an abundance of value-added lines, free children's activities, Old MacDonald's petting farm, all-day food vendors, horticultural machinery and trade displays, free fruit giveaways, plant nurseries, fruit kebab-making at the Crunch'n'Sip hall, a licensed bar, spit roast at 5pm, wine and boutique beer sampling, sales and much more.

HOIG will be selling fruiting trees at wholesale prices and will have a Mediterranean fruit fly information stall right next door.

A celebrity chef will be on site using local produce to showcase the versatility and flavours of fresh WA produce.

Expo entry is $10 for adults and $5 for pensioners. Entry is free for children under 12.

With the 2014 expo shattering previous attendance records, drawing 7000 people through the gate, this year's expo promises to be bigger and better.

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