Fresh produce grown in the South West is at the core of this year’s Live Lighter Donnybrook Apple Festival, with this year’s event tipped to attract a crowd of 10,000. The festival is being held on April 3 and 4, the Easter weekend. With the event unable to go ahead last year because of COVID-19, festival chair Belinda O’Brien said the committee was excited about the event’s return. “For the first time ever, we’ve introduced online ticket sales in the lead-up to the event, which will allow festival goers to skip the queue on the day,” Ms O’Brien said. “We have made sure the festival favourites like the community concert, cooking demonstrations and fresh produce will be back this year and we’ve added some great new additions to the program.” Showgoers are being encouraged to put their baking skills to the test and enter into the apple pie competition judged by celebrity chef Anna Gare who will also do a live cooking demonstration alongside Perth chef Fiona Klein. Log chops, produce tents, wine tasting, a street parade and motorcycle and car displays are among many free activities. But committee member Judith Morrisey is most excited for people to take part in the Open Studios Art Trail which is a first for the event and will feature 18 artisans in five locations. “This is our first effort at trialing this art trail and we are hoping to make it part of the annual event after this year,” Mrs Morrisey said.