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The Barossa Vintage Festival is a celebration of food, wine, arts and heritage like no other. With traditions passed down through generations, and abundant produce from the soil and the makers, the community looks to share this with others in the community, and the many visitors that come from Adelaide and from interstate.
There are numerous events and dinners at the Vintage Festival, many with an enviable (but fair) price tag. But there are also many FREE events and activities available for families and friends alike so that the community of the festival can be enjoyed by all.
Scarecrow Trail (19 March - 19 April)
Popping up all over shopfronts, gardens, vineyards and fields throughout the Barossa Valley will be scarecrows of various shapes and sizes. Why not grab a car-load of friends and family, or take the cycling route, and follow the Scarecrow Trail through the Barossa taking in all of the local sights.
Generate (1 - 19 April 11am-5pm)
Generate is the annual exhibition of work by the dedicated emerging artists and designers who have just completed the Jam Factory's intensive two year training program. Held at the dedicated exhibition space at the iconic Seppeltsfield Winery, it is a must for everyone to see.
Woodwork amongst the Vines (14 - 17 April 9am-5pm)
The Woodcarvers Haven at Eden Valley is holding woodcarving and woodturning demonstrations all day. There are various craft items for sale including rocking horses, as well as Devonshire teas and coffees available all day long.
Festival Memorabilia Exhibition (14 - 19 April 9am-7pm)
The Vintage Festival is the longest running wine tourism festival in Australia, and this exhibition displays over six decades of lovingly preserved posters, programmes and films from 1947 until now. The exhibition is on show at the Festival Hub in Tanunda.
The Festival Garden in Angaston is open for an enchanting day of family activities including kids potter classes, cooking schools, a mini Harvest Market and picnic, cooperage exhibitions and live music.
Connections Coffee Shop (15 - 18 April 10am-3pm)
Proudly supported by volunteers, this coffee shop in Greenock provides some great tasting Vittoria coffee and home made baked goods while you admire the artworks and ponder a purchase from a selection of books, handicrafts, preserves and biscuits.
Ziegenmarkt (16 April 8am-11am)
Literally meaning "goat market", the Ziegenmarkt is a fresh produce and livestock market with a heritage dating back to the 1800's. Goat Square in Tanunda is transformed in to a bustling German market with pheasants, sheep, hares, fruit and vegetables, as well as an experience that embodies the sights, sounds and tastes of a bygone era.
Following on from the Ziegenmarkt, the Barossa Made Markets in Tanunda provide an opportunity to admire local artists, craftspeople, producers and pick up hard to find authentic Barossa made wares.
Barossa Made Market
Hear it through the grapevine (16 April 2pm-330pm)
Supported by the Barons Foundation at Nuriootpa, there is a chance to be part of the launch of the unique collection of remarkable oral histories of Barossa wine industry characters, carefully recorded to share vineyard tales and spark memories.
Let's go fly a Kite (17 April 9am-1pm)
Held at Seppeltsfield Winery, this event is an opportunity to build and fly a kite. With coffee on tap, and all day breakfast, a pop-up market and the other activities that are normally associated with the Seppeltsfield Winery, this is a great event to take the festival up to new heights.
Fly a Kite
Barossa Farmers Market (18 April 730am-1130am)
The weekly Farmers Market takes place near Angaston with the market stallholders offering their abundant array of fresh, seasonal and local produce, baked goods, traditional smoked meats and sweet treats. From personal experience the breakfast burger at the café, with the 'hot' tomato chutney, is to die for.
Nuriootpa's Barossa Brunch (18 April 9am-1pm)
As a prelude to The Parade, the Brunch enables you to enjoy live music, amusement rides, a scavenger hunt for kids, plus food, art and crafts stall, all in the main street of Nuriootpa.
The Parade (18 April 10am-1pm)
The Vintage Festival Parade from Nuriootpa to Tanunda is the longest parade in the Southern Hemisphere, and guests line the route with pavement picnics, brunches and sausage sizzles as they watch the parade go by.
Village Fair (19 April 11am-4pm)
Held at Keyneton the Village Fair has traditional Eden Valley fair activities with food and wine at the Heritage Hub. And in conjunction with the Fair, the 9.2km Keyneton Heritage Trail will be launched - a self-guided tour of pioneering and historic sites around Keyneton.