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Crowds flock to The Frat for chestnuts and camaraderie

The rides and fanfare were missing due to COVID-19 restrictions, but that didn’t stop crowds flocking to the Fraternity Club on Sunday May 16 for the annual Castagne Day celebrations.

The event this year was aptly named Chestnut Roasting Day, which took centre stage with an impressive 850kg of chestnuts cooked and 950 bags sold.

A team of volunteers worked tirelessly to produce the cooked chestnuts as an army of fans waited in line to purchase the tasty treats.

Frat president Mick Cuda said the event was an enormous success despite the COVID limitations placed on the event.

“It was a very successful day, which ran extremely well,” he said. “There was a good turn-out and patrons were able to enjoy entertainment inside the club.”

The Frat’s chief chestnut roaster, Emilio Felli, was there again. Thirty years ago, Emilio built the roaster with his bare hands – and his contraption never disappoints. “It’s been a wonderful day,” he said.

Frat general manager Greg Field added: “Thank you to our members and local community for coming down to enjoy time with family and friends.”

The annual event featured music, entertainment and fine food inside the club, while the sale of biscuits, clothing, and chestnuts – and even face-painting –took place in the carpark.

The Frat is looking forward to bringing back its traditional Castagne Day celebrations in 2022.

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