Unsettled weather did not deter people from flooding through the gates for the 2018 Lorna Mitchell Spring Festival yesterday.
By 2pm, attendance had just clicked over 8000 people, who were treated to an eventful day of food, music, markets, games and more at Hammond Park.
Families were treated to a live cooking demonstration by Spanish-born celebrity chef Miguel Maestre.
Mr Maestre’s seafood paella fed 80 festival-goers who were later treated to a demonstration and a tasting of his churros.
“We were really scared this morning — it was raining, but almost like a miracle, the sun started shining and the doors opened and everything fell into the right place,” Mr Maestre said.
“Seafood paella is my specialty.
“People are curious about it and think it’s a restaurant dish that’s really complicated, but it’s not.
“It’s something you could cook on a Monday night for your friends.”
For his first time visiting Kalgoorlie-Boulder, he said he was excited to see the “black hole”, more commonly known as the Super Pit.
“For the first time being a chef in this festival, it was quite a big job and responsibility but I think people were entertained and had something to take home,” he said.
Kalgoorlie-Boulder Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive Simone de Been said after a shaky start because of the poor weather, plenty of patrons still supported the event.
“We had some stalls that didn’t turn up because of the weather but it was their choice — some had electrical equipment to worry about,” she said.
“The majority of people turned up and braved the weather and it’s paid off for them. There’s still lots of people here.”