Cherries ripe for picking ahead of 70th National Cherry Festival

Cherries will be in abundance across the district for the festival weekend.
Cherries will be in abundance across the district for the festival weekend.

Visitors attending this weekend's National Cherry Festival can expect to taste beautiful sweet cherries, according to Young cherry grower Scott Coupland.

Mr Coupland says quality of fruit this season is outstanding.

"While fruit size is down, the quality is certainly compensating for it. We're seeing some beautiful sweet fruit," he said.

Cherries are expected to be in abundance as thousands of visitors prepare to flock to town this weekend for the 70th edition of the festival.

Most orchards across the district are in full swing, and pick-your-own tours are set to be popular.

"Anybody looking at doing pick-your-own should have a taste, look for good well-coloured fruit, and fruit which is firm to touch," Mr Coupland said.

"Try to be careful of the buds as they're next year's cherries," he added.

Meanwhile, despite concerns about the drought affecting this year's harvest, there is no lack of cherries in Young, according to president of Cherry Growers Australia Tom Eastlake.

"There is no shortage of cherries for anyone looking to visit Young to either pick or purchase cherries," Tom Eastlake said.

"All the commercial orchards are irrigated now, which certainly shields fruit to a degree from drought."

Mr Eastlake said there would be cherries in the district until early January.

For people looking at trying the pick-your-own experience, clear skies are forecast on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with maximum temperatures between 25 degrees and 29 degrees.

The National Cherry Festival official opening is at 5pm on Friday, December 6 at Anderson Park.