For some it's a chance to sample some of the brilliant wines and produce coming out of the McLaren Vale region, for others it's just a chance to have some fun and get a little bit tipsy. Put it in your calendar for the June Long Weekend, 9-11 June 2012.
Local wineries, restaurants, and food producers are together to put on various events, embracing wines from the McLaren Vale region and seafood from the local coastal regions.
The Relish and Delight programs are individually priced events, often featuring well known chefs or wine makers. They're a great way to learn more about the region while enjoying a delicious meal.The events are scattered throughout the festival, starting on Friday the 8th of June through till Monday the 11th. They vary in price anywhere from $45 to $180.
Monday is the final day of the festival, Experience Monday is a free event, and a chance to explore the Vales in a more relaxed fashion. You can spend a couple of hours or the whole day exploring visiting venues, there are food specials, tastings, and more, all that you can enjoy at your own leisure.
If you're planning on coming down for the day either get yourself a designated driver, or hire yourself a bus for the day. Licensed buses are not encouraged, and they're pretty serious when it comes to responsible drinking. Check out the Bank SA Sea and Vines festival website for the full program, and all tickets and pricing. You can also view the festival brochure online.
Highlights of the Festival
Degustation Lunch At d'Arry's Verandah - Delight at D'Arenberg d'Arry's degustation menu is one of the best indulgences you can find in McLaren Vale. This is an eight-course degustation paired with museum wines. It might be one of the more expensive events, at $180, but it'll be a meal you're never forget. Saturday 9th June $180 per person Call 08 8329 4848 to Book
d'Arenberg also have an all day event, Relish your day, featuring live music, and their feature meal with matching wine for $45. Or take a seat at their Master Class where you can taste through a range of wines, with specialised information from the winemaker. Sunday 10th June 45-$85 per person Book Here
An Element of Chocolate - Delight at Bracegirdle's This is definitely an event with a bit of a difference, and this five course dinner is put on by Bracegirdle's. So what makes it so special? Every dish features chocolate in some form. The meal is matched with wines from Pertaringa and Geddes Wines. Saturday 9th of June
135 per person
Call 08 8294 8482 to Book
Beer & Beasts - Relish at Vale/Inn
This is a chance to enjoy some McLaren Vale Beer Company beers with the brewers, five beers and five beasts. As well as this they'll have a DJ and ping pong for entertainment. They're even looking after vegetarian wine drinkers, if you want to bring any friends along who aren't really into beer and beasts they can enjoy vegetarian options and local wines instead. Sunday 10th June
$65 per person Book Here
Fleurieu and Willunga Markets
There are two markets on as part of the festival. The Willunga Markets are a regular market on every Saturday in Willunga. Come down as part of the sea and vines festival to meet some of the regions food producers, and try and buy their wares. Saturday 9th June
The Fleurieu Markets are held at Rosemount Estate, there will be local produce as well as arts and crafts and other entertainment. It's a family friendly event, so bring everyone along. Sunday 10th of June