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McLaren Vale Adelaide MINI Garage Sea & Vines Festival 2018

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Sea, vines, wine, food and a glorious long weekend
In celebration of all things McLaren Vale, wine, food and great weekends, the McLaren Vale Adelaide MINI Garage Sea and Vines Festival will fulfil your long weekend this Queen's Birthday, 9 11 June 2018.

Come straight from work on Friday night to ensure you are in McLaren Vale at the earliest opportunity to maximise your experience with events commencing as early as 9 am on Saturday 9 June 2018.

McLaren Vale Adelaide MINI Garage Sea & Vines Festival, wine, food, entertainment, d'arenburg, breakfast, lunch, dinner, long weekend, queen's birthday, family, kids, wineries
Photo: McLaren Vale Adelaide MINI Garage Sea & Vines Festival


Relish Saturday and start your amazing weekend at the Oxenberry Breaky Experience. For just $35 per person, you can start the weekend with bubbles in the heart of McLaren Vale overlooking the vines on the banks of Pedlers Creek and in the midst of the Shiraz Trail at 26 Kangarilla Road, McLaren Vale. This indulgent gourmet regional breakfast will be accompanied with delicious red and white sparkling wines and the best coffee in the region.

With so many events to choose from it is hard to decide what next, however from here you can find your way to either Andre's Cucina and The Blind Tiger Gin Bar (Angrove), Jazz on the Deck (Beach Road Wines), A Porchetta Party (Oliver's Taranga Vineyards), Sea & Vines WineFood Experience at Shingleback (Shingleback Tasting Room) or Menu Fisso (Pizzateca) depending on how the mood takes you. Each location is offering fantastic food and wine experiences ranging from $45 to $150 per person.

If, after all that you are thinking dinner, head to A Griffon's Feast (Kay Brothers) for a fantastic 3 course dinner including wine and entertainment for just $95 per person or maybe it's time for a visit to the fabulous d'Arenberg for Frisson Fest at Polly's for just $45. However, if you would prefer to save yourself for a big day on Sunday maybe just mosey on down to Leconfield Wines at 439 Main Road, McLaren Vale for a Hoedown with The Heggarties for just $10 per person.

McLaren Vale Adelaide MINI Garage Sea & Vines Festival, wine, food, entertainment, d'arenburg, breakfast, lunch, dinner, long weekend, queen's birthday, family, kids, wineries
Yum at Pizzateca. Photo: McLaren Vale Sea & Vines Festival


Get yourself a good night's sleep because you have two big days ahead of you! If you are an early starter, your Sunday Experience could commence at 9 am with the Roots of the Blues Breakfast at Red Poles, 190 McMurtrie Road, McLaren Vale. This 'Southern Style' breakfast amongst the vines will be accompanied by fantastic blues sounds with prizes for quirky drawings, clever ditties and decorations on your tablecloth while enjoying creole scrambled eggs, cornbread, hashbrowns and fried green tomatoes (the real thing, not the movie) all for just $30 per person.

From 11 am it's time to meander and make some choices about lunch. Choose from Seafood Seduction (The General Wine Bar & Kitchen - $120), Tanino & Tango: Return of the Dead 2018 (S.C. Pannell - $90) or maybe Beresford Icons Tasting Experience (Beresford Estate - $25).

Or maybe fill Sunday with one of the many Sunday Session experiences all accompanied by great entertainment. Amongst the many options are An Octopus's Garden (Maxwell), Mother Russia (Coriole Vineyards) and I Love Italy (Serafino McLaren Vale). Cost for all sessions is $44.40 booking fee and postage and handling.

Tickets Now on Sale. Photo: McLaren Vale Sea & Vines Festival


Ah, beautiful Monday. This is the Monday morning you won't mind getting out of bed and is a great day to avail yourself of one or more of the 16 free-entry family events. Include the whole family, even the fur babies by heading on down to Alpha Box & Dice, 8 Olivers Road, McLaren Vale for Family Dog Day. There will be food by Abs' Kebabs and wine available for purchase and great acoustic sets by local acts. The day starts at 10 am and tickets are not required.

Other events could see you Relax & Unwind at Kay Brothers, 57 Kays Road, McLaren Vale with medieval inspired, gourmet delights or why not head to Woodstock Wines, 215 Douglas Gully Road, McLaren Flat from 10 am for the Family Fun Day. Fabulous entertainment will be on the big stage for the kiddies as well as roaming entertainment, jumping castle, face painting, balloon artist and magician, lawn games and kangaroo feeding.

The McLaren Vale Adelaide MINI Garage Sea & Vines Festival is bigger and better than ever in 2018, and with so much to choose from, just head to the website to see the large variety of options.

McLaren Vale Adelaide MINI Garage Sea & Vines Festival, wine, food, entertainment, d'arenburg, breakfast, lunch, dinner, long weekend, queen's birthday, family, kids, wineries
Wine Tasting. Photo: McLaren Vale Sea & Vines Festival


If you plan to drive McLaren Vale Grape Wine & Tourism Association and the RAA are encouraging the use of designated drivers and the responsible consumption of alcohol. Collect your Designated Driver wristband from the McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Visitor Information Centre (open until 4 pm Sunday and 5 pm Monday) to enjoy special offers at select venues.

McLaren Vale also has a wealth of fantastic accommodation options from boutique Bed and Breakfasts to holiday rentals, motels and apartments and cottages some with amazing sprawling vineyard views.

Plan your weekend at the website or go with flow, it's up to you, but spend a day or a weekend at the McLaren Vale Adelaide MINI Garage Sea & Vines Festival. Bookings are essential for many events, please head to the website for more information.
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Why? A long weekend in an iconic South Australia location
When: 9 - 11 June 2018
Phone: 1300 438 849 for tickets, 1800 628 410 for accommodation and tourism enquiries
Where: McLaren Vale
Cost: Free to approximately $200 dependent on activity
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