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Food, Wine, Workshops, Barossa
The Barossa is amazing at any time, however, once every two years, the Barossa comes alive for the Barossa Vintage Festival.
Commencing as a community tradition in 1947, the Barossa Vintage Festival is the child of founding fathers, the late Colin Gramp and Bill Seppelt. That first year of the festival included a vintage ball and the following year a Queen competition and float procession was added. 2021's festival is dedicated to the late Colin Gramp, in recognition of his innovation and tireless contribution to the festival.
Today, the Barossa Vintage Festival is held every second year and is a fantastic example of the generous Barossa spirit, bringing young and old together to tell the Barossa wine story through art, culture, music and food and wine events.
While the festival is officially from14 - 18 April 2021, you could say that festival fever hits the Barossa in early March, when scarecrows being appearing across the region. The scarecrows have become an integral part of the festival and a bit like dragonflies symbolise the coming of the dry in Australia's tropical regions, the scarecrows appearing in the Barossa symbolise festival season.
For those living in the Barossa, register your scarecrow by 1 March to be in the draw for the People's Choice Award. Scarecrows must be in place by Sunday 28 March. Decorate your home, business, cellar door, school, childcare centre or church with a scarecrow using your creative flair. Those visiting the Barossa, particularly at festival time, will have great fun following the Scarecrow Trail and can find the Scarecrow Trail map at the Barossa Visitor Centre, The Leader or the festival website from March to April.
Start your vintage weekend at the Vintage Festival Garden. Over the period of the festival, the Barossa Visitor Centre, 66-68 Murray Street, Tanunda comes alive with a pop-up wine bar, artisan workshops, lawn games, picnic packs, Barossa Made Market and live music. This is the hub, where you can find out what to do, where to go and who to see all while enjoying the vintage vibe with a glass of wine in hand.
Throughout the festival, there is a wealth of fun and activities to be had with many free and some with an entrance fee. The festival website has a great booklet showcasing Festival events.
If art is your thing, head to Artful Encounters at the Old Union Chapel, Penrice Road, Angaston between 10 am and 4 pm each day to see a collective of wonders and adventure with the four messy birds, Helen, Ann, Merita and Ava, who enjoy splashing around with vibrant pigments on canvas. This event is free.
Photo: Barossa Vintage Festival
Those who love more tactile textures can head to St Paul's Hall, Cnr Murray Street and Basedow Road, Tanunda for the Embroiders' Exhibition. This exhibition showcases many different techniques and styles of handcrafted embroideries. Enjoy the techniques of Hardanger, Crewel, Thread painting, Stump Work, Sashiko, Cross Stitch, Blackwork and many others exhibited on cushions, bags, cloths, framed pictures, book covers and more.
On Wednesday 14 April, take a Natural Skincare Workshop with the Naked Soap Company at the Barossa Visitor Centre from 2 pm to 3 pm. For just $35, you can immerse yourself and create a customised body butter and face mask to take home. Bookings essential.
It's not all about wine and adults, treat your children to Children's Honey Biscuits by Those Barossa Girls at the Tanunda CWA Hall, 66-68 Murray Street, Tanunda from 2pm to 3 pm on Thursday 15 April for just $10 per child. Open to children from eight years of age, they will get creative and decorate five biscuits using sugar icing, coloured sprinkles and dried fruit. Parents are welcome to join in but tickets are limited, please book ahead.
Photo: Barossa Vintage Festival
Now the kids are full of sugar, leave them with the babysitter and adults can head to Dinner at Lou's Place, Drinks from Lou's Cellar at Lou Miranda Estate, 1876 Barossa Valley Way, Rowland Flat. This one night only event will see you indulge in a Mediterranean feast specifically designed to match estate wines. Eight wines, four courses and all hosted by Lou Miranda Estate winemakers Angela Miranda and Themis Chryssidis, you will not want to miss this $165 per person event. Book at the website.
Who doesn't love a high tea? Take High Tea in a Secret Garden with the Bethany Lutheran Church from 2 pm any day from Tuesday 13 to Friday 16 April. The Tanunda location is secret and will only be revealed to ticket holders but you will enjoy a magical afternoon enjoying handmade savoury and sweet delicacies while sipping tea and coffee from the finest china tea sets, all in a tranquil garden setting. Bookings are essential and cost is $40 per adult.
On Saturday 17 April, line the streets for the Festival Parade. In 2019, over 60 floats took part in the parade procession creating a vibrant and interactive display of the Barossa's thriving wine, food, art and heritage. The parade commences at 10 am and will travel along the Barossa Valley Way from Tanunda to Coulthard House, Nuriootpa.
After the parade, join the 1918 Parade Party at the 1918 Bistro and Grill, 94 Murray Street, Tanunda where the chefs will be cooking up breakfast burgers and gourmet sandwiches on the garden grill. There will be live music and garden games, once the parade is finished. The party starts at 10 am and entry is free, but bookings are essential.
If you love to get your ball gown on, the Barossa Vintage Ball will be at Seppeltsfield Winery, 730 Seppeltsfield Road, Seppeltsfield on Saturday 17 April. Register for the Young Ambassador Presentations from 7 pm to 8 pm for just $15 per person or be Cinderella at the ball for just $99 per person from 8 pm to late. Bookings are essential.
On Sunday 18 April, come back down to earth with Get Back on Track at the Barossa Adventure Station, Washington Street, Angaston. This is your opportunity to Replenish - Recharge - Realign. This free event commences at 10 am and enables you to run, walk, cycle or drive to the Adventure Station. Go to the website for further information.
This is just a small selection of the fantastic events on offer, please see the Barossa Vintage Festival website for the full range of events. Start your planning now and make your bookings early as many events will book out quickly. Booking fees may apply and are not included in the prices within this article.
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