THE Barossa’s biggest wine, food and cultural festival kicked off yesterday, with thousands of people flocking to the region to help celebrate the end of another vintage.
More than 55,000 people are expected to attend this year’s 70th Barossa Vintage Festival, which features over 90 events showcasing arts, music and culture, along with the region’s top food and wine.
Focusing on a ‘handcrafted’ theme, the five-day festival aims to celebrate the Barossa’s heritage and culture, according to festival director Andrew Dundon.
“The festival is a great opportunity to get a bunch of people together, head to an event, kick back and soak up Barossan atmosphere,” he said.
“We’re really excited about the diverse range of events on offer this year and, judging by ticket sales, we’re not the only ones.
“While a lot of the ticketed events are selling out, there’s still plenty of free and family-friendly events to get around to.
“Economically, this is massive for the Barossa and surrounds as visitors are descending on the region to celebrate with the community.”
The jam-packed festival will feature a raft of events, including the popular goat market ‘Ziegenmarkt’, this morning, followed by a live wine auction and lunch at Chateau Tanunda, and the ‘Chook Shed Social Club’ event tomorrow.
On Saturday, those who are feeling active can tackle a challenging 33.3 km trail run through the Barossa’s riesling country, before watching the popular Vintage Festival Parade, from Tanunda to Nuriootpa, starting at 10am.
Wrapping up celebrations on Sunday, festival-goers can wind down and enjoy a barbecue meal during the ‘Feast, Folk & Fossick’ event, which is set to be a major highlight of the festival.
It will include a large handcrafted barbecue structure, called ‘Wie Gehts’, which will slow-cook some of the region’s finest meat.
Mr Dundon said the festival is suitable for allages, including affordable and family-friendly events, along with premium and luxury experiences.
“It really is the perfect time to stay in the Barossa for a few days; take it slow and immerse yourself in the Barossa way of life,” he said.
“The kids will love it, too; who knows, it might even be the highlight of their school holidays.”
For more information on the festival, or to make a booking, visit barossavintagefestival.com.au