National Cherry Festival

68th National Cherry Festival

2nd and 3rd December 2017

Young, NSW - The Cherry Capital of Australia


Young will celebrate the 68th National Cherry Festival on the first full weekend of December, traditionally at the height of the cherry picking season. This iconic regional produce event showcases the humble Cherry which has been part of the landscape around Young for over 150 years. Key events include Cherry Pie eating contest, Cherry Pip Spit, Cherry Festival Street Parade and Markets.

National Cherry Festival Young

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Young receives thousands of visitors from Australia and beyond during the festival, providing the opportunity to the community of Young – also known as the Cherry Capital of Australia – to celebrate not only the cherry season and harvest (November-December), but the strong sense of pride that exists within the town.




The 2017 National Cherry Festival program will be available in October.

Below are the highlights from the 2016 program

The 2016 National Cherry Festival program is available to download by clicking on the link below

National Cherry Festival Program 2016 National Cherry Festival Program 2016 (3152 KB)


Below is listed some of the expected highlights of the Festival. Highlights over the three days include:

Friday 2nd December

  • Cherry & Charity Queen Crowning
  • Fireworks
  • Live Music
  • Sideshow Alley Amusements & Rides

Saturday 3rd December

  • Cherry Festival Farmers Markets Anderson Park
  • Anderson Park Market Stalls
  • National Cherry Festival Street Parade
  • Young National Capital Cherry Festival Motor Vehicle Display - hosted in conjunction with the Young Heritage Motor Club - Town Hall Clock Car Park
  • Wilder's Cherry Pie Eating Competition
  • Massed Pipes & Drums Bands Performance  (Tattoo), Boorowa St in front of the Town Hall clock
  • Boorowa Street Buskers Competition  
  • Christmas Shopping
  • Orchard "Pick your Own" cherries bus excursion; Limited tickets seats... to buy tickets Click here
  • Sideshow Alley Amusements & Rides
  • Bush Poets

 Sunday 4th December

  • Donges Super IGA Big Breakfast
  • Bush & Junior Poets - Anderson Park
  • Handmade and Home Grown Markets
  • Cherry Pip Spit Competition
  • Hawkesbury Working Kelpies Demonstrations