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Tools down, knees up, the Barossa vintage way
Autumn is a spectacular time in the Barossa as the Northern sun spills over a kaleidoscope of patterned greens turning to red, grape-laden trucks chugging dusty roads, hats and snips buzzing along rows of vines. Vintage is that hectic stint for the growers when a few weeks of long days and purple hands bustle to literally preserve the fruits of their labour in readiness for the next touch of handcrafting the fruit into some of the worlds' most acclaimed and revered wines. The 70th anniversary of the Barossa Vintage Festival in 2017 invites you to feel the culture, tradition, food and celebration of Vintage this April with a packed program of events.
Festival director, Andrew Dundon says "The 2017 program acknowledges and respects deep Barossan traditions while also creating opportunities for new festival traditions and memory-making experiences… There are over 90 events in the 2017 program and over a third of them are free entry".
You're spoilt for choice with free and family friendly activities to spend a day, visit a few or grab a trail map and make a day of it. The Barossa Vintage Festival parade has been a treasured tradition since 1948, inspired by community passion and creativity, it is now considered one of the most iconic events in the biennial Festival calendar and always a favourite for the kids. Ziegenmarkt literally means 'goat market' and revives an old time produce and livestock market in Tanunda's historic precinct. Just up the road at the award winning Barossa Visitors Centre, in the Tanunda Town square will host a kids activity hub, wine and words, the barossa made markets, a fashion show and is the starting point to the Wunderbar Barossa Family Trail.
All Steamed Up! The Barossa Vintage Festival Parade
While you're in Tanunda, pick up a map for the Scarecrow Trail - a self-guided tour of handcrafted treasures that have been brought to life through the imagination of local children, families, schools, wineries and businesses. You can even get involved, grab a selfie and vote for your favourite. Across the weekend, Yalumba will host the Festival Garden opening up the grounds, bursting with colour and activities. On Sunday, Lyndoch hosts Feast Folk and Fossick where you can spread out on the picnic rug and marvel at a spectacular, handcrafted, purpose-built four way fire put BBQ, full of Barossa produce from some of the Barossa's most renowned chefs. You'll be rewarded with a selection of mouth-watering Barossa produce, where the order of the day is long, slow and tender as Barossa meat produce is cooked to absolute perfection over coals and open flames on a jaw dropping 12 metre handcrafted BBQ structure, made entirely of recycled materials.
To really get your nose into some big Barossa reds, the Barossa Wine Chapters Auction and Lunch is a unique opportunity to bid on an iconic collection of wines from Barossa's most celebrated winemakers and even rub shoulders with many of them. Alongside rare back vintages, museum releases and special editions, a live auction takes place in conjunction with a bountiful Barossa lunch. To learn more about the wines you love and vintage itself, check out 'Meet the Growers and the Makers' where you can meet the faces and hands behind brands like Duval, Rohrlach, Krondorf, Dolan and more with wine tasting straight from the barrel and delicious Owen Andrews Catering.
If your pace is more akin to running, singing and dancing - Barossa Vintage Festival has you covered! Hit the trails and some of Barossa's most spectacular views running 33km along the valley ridges with Punkt zu Punkt from Bethany to Lyndoch. Best of all the bus will get you to the start so all you need to do is get to the other end and be rewarded with wine (included in your entry!). Turkey Flat will spread its wings again to host the Silver Raven Festival, cited as standing shoulder to shoulder with other festivals in South Australia by Glam Adelaide and headlining Strand of Oaks, Nashville's Jonny Fritz, San Francisco's Sonny & the Sunset alongside Australian legends Henry Wagons & The Only Children with plenty of others. In an energetic celebration of all things vintage with an unfiltered night of Barossan hospitality and cheer, The Chook Shed Social Club is a tools down, knees up, wind down kind of party. Eli Beer Catering will put on the feed with tunes by afro-funk, soul and avant-garde jazz outfit The Shaolin Afronauts and boot-scooting vibes by Max Savage & The False Idols.
April 19 – 23 is the perfect time to stay in the Barossa for a couple of days, take it slow and immerse yourself in the Barossan way of life" continues Dundon. "Learn from the old-timers or seek out the vibrant young folk handcrafting new ideas in back sheds and cellars around the region. The Barossa is a truly unique region and the Barossa Vintage Festival is the perfect time to get swept away in it's magic".
An un-missable and unforgettable series of events, the Barossa Vintage Festival runs from April 19 to 23 across the Barossa region. Get over to the website for the full program, more details and tickets.