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The Big Picnic at TouchWine

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The Big Picnic at TouchWine is a community day out in the south parklands to help the Hutt Street Centre, a charitable support agency helping homeless and vulnerable people.

Touchwine is now in its ninth year, bringing together thirty touch football teams representing SA wineries for their annual competition. On the day the Hutt Street Centre operates the Vineyard Marquee, with a charity three course set menu lunch of gourmet Tapas treats and an all day drinks package of South Australian wines, Hills cider and Coopers beer for $110 per head. What a delightfully enjoyable way to support charity!

If you have children then they are covered while you dine too - for $5 let them explore Kidstown with its jumpy castle, face painting and arts and crafts activities. Free activities available to all kids include sports clinics, petanque and cricket.

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Chef Simon Bryant Will Be at The Big Picnic

Supporting the Big Picnic this year will be the massed might of food trucks which constitutes Fork on the Road, bringing you a titillating taste of cuisines from almost all corners of the earth for around a tenner. From tamales to tofu, toast to tortellini (but maybe not turtle soup), the trucks have the widest range of fresh food in Adelaide. The Orchard Bar will be on site if you would like some SA wine beer or cider to enjoy with your meal - no BYO please.

Fork in the Road has bounced around city squares in the past, even detouring to the Festival Centre and Bowden, but this is the first time that it has been held in the south parklands. It will be a great location, and parking should be easier too.

Of course it's not all about the food - there will be free live music all afternoon. Just remember to bring some seats/rugs/sunscreen/hats to keep yourself comfortable. Or you can burn off some calories playing a free game of giant jenga, connect 4 or bocce.

A Silent Auction will make sure you don't miss out on your market fix, giving you the chance to bid for some unique items to support Adelaide's homeless.

For more information about The Big Picnic at TouchWine, see their website and of course you can find the latest updates on Adelaide's Fork on the Road on Facebook.

You can find out more about Touchwine and its touch football history by watching the video of Touchwine 2011 below.

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Why? Picnic in the parklands
When: 12pm - 5pm
Phone: (08) 8418 2500
Where: South Parklands, corner of Greenhill & Beaumont Rds, Adelaide
Cost: Mostly free
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