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This is one for the foodies
Meet the Brewers for Lunch at the Smiling Samoyed Brewery (Image Supplied)
The Fleurieu Peninsula and its coastline is renown for beautiful scenery and producing great food and wines. Every visit, I make sure that I sample some of the delicious locally made produce at one of the many bakeries or restaurants.
While many people wander the wineries and tourist trails of McLaren Vale, the Fleurieu coast is sometimes overlooked. Yet it has breathtaking beauty and popular holiday destinations like Normanville and Second Valley.
Beautiful Scenery of the Fleurieu Peninsula: Myponga Reservoir
The Festival of Nature aims to change that, with six days of exciting things to do from Tuesday September 4 to Sunday September 9. There's a packed calendar of both free and paid events which will appeal to many people who want to escape the city for a day (or more). Please note that registration is essential for some events.
Degustation Dinner at Leonards Mill Restaurant in Second Valley
Kicking off the festival is a Meet The Brewers luncheon hosted by the local Smiling Samoyed Brewery at Myponga. Come and meet their brewers and the visiting brewers from Migration Brewery USA. Take a guided tour of the brewery, then enjoy a shared feast showcasing some of the best products from the area. Overseen by Chef Outta Water's Chris Holen, it includes Alexandrina Cheeses, house-made dips, Matchett's crackers, Ellis smallgoods, almonds, olives, salt and pepper squid, chicken wings, wedges, fries and wood oven pizzas. Info and bookings.
If you're keen for more Chef Outta Water food adventures during the Festival of Nature, check out the International Beer and BBQ evening at the Yankalilla Hotel, a Producers Dinner at Club Fleurieu, and the Fleurieu Meets Oregon Degustation at Leonards Mill Restaurant.
Bird Watching: Hunt for the Blue Fairy Wren at Ingalala Falls
See the Sights There's a busy program of guided walks on offer throughout the Festival of Nature. Go bird watching at the picturesque Ingalalla Falls, hunt for orchids in Nixon Skinner Conservation Park, hike to the waterfall in Deep Creek Conservation Park, or see how the bush is regenerating at Allusion Wines.The winery is also the perfect spot for refreshments afterwards.
Down in Delamere, you're welcome to wander Raywood Nursery, set amongst one of the oldest remaining stringybark and grass tree forests in the state. There are more birds to see here, so don't forget your camera.
Discover the Secrets of Essential Oils at a Workshop
Whether you're interested in cheese making, essential oils, gardening, working with beeswax, or making jams and sauces, there's a workshop for you at the Festival of Nature. Bookings are necessary for most of these events.
Sustainable Living Expo On Sunday 9 September, the last day of the festival comes to the Yankalilla Showgrounds for the Sustainable Living Expo. It's a day where you can discover how to reduce your environmental footprint, and make the world a better place for us all.
Choose From a Variety of Workshops at the Festival of Nature