Australia’s original wine tourism event – the Barossa Vintage Festival – has officially released its program for 2013, flowing over nine days of more than 100 experiences celebrating community, wine, food, art, music and tradition.
Running from March 30 to April 7, (taking in the Easter long weekend) the Barossa Vintage Festival is Australia’s largest and longest-running tourism festival.
“What makes this biennial Festival so remarkable is how each event resonates great stories about real people, while being a unique experience accessible to locals and all Australians,” said Festival Chair, Bill Biscoe.
Each event connects back to the heart of the Barossa Vintage Festival’s origins and ingredients that represent ‘real life’ in this renowned region, which in 2011 attracted over 65,000 visitors across the program.
“Anyone and everyone can experience our program, which for 2013 is brimming with new experiences, fond favourites and everything in-between,” said Biscoe.
Wine lovers can rub shoulders with Barossa’s luminaries and young guns at the Rare & Distinguished Barossa Wine Auction, the grand black tie Vintage Festival Ball, Barossa Grounds single vineyard immersions, Legends Behind the Barrel tasting, or dine with the Barons of Barossa at their hugely anticipated Grand Cellar Dinner.
Families will be entertained with grape treading at Carnival at Seppeltsfield, the colourful Vintage Parade of 100 floats (the Southern Hemisphere’s longest parade), egg hunts galore on Easter Sunday, or Yalumba’s renowned two-day Harvest Market.
Food enthusiasts can step up to the stove in the brand new ‘Race to the Plate’ with Maggie Beer, turn up to the ever spontaneous Barossa Breakfast Rave, or settle into a long lunch, intimate cooking class, or wander the casual Butcher, Baker, Winemaker trail.
There’s also a Friday Night Live concert presented by Barossa’s Young Ambassadors, Comedy in the Vines, heritage walks, craft fairs, historical church tours, twilight concerts, progressive artworks, poetry and story telling, high teas, family film nights, or quilting exhibitions – and that is just the beginning.
To ensure the program is accessible to all www.barossavintagefestival.com.au offers an easy download and opportunity to create a customised itinerary. Marquee events are ticketed and handled by Venue*Tix, with the remaining experiences hosted by the raft of local wineries, food producers, galleries, schools and volunteers who create their own events to immerse visitors within the region they call home. Advance bookings are essential with details contained in the event listing section.
A 48 page program has also been printed and available through the Barossa Visitor Information Centre, participating venues, or via the post by contacting: firstname.lastname@example.org / (08) 8563 0663.
To take the Barossa’s message of community world-wide, Barossa-born Melbourne-based director, Sam Wark, has created three short films – Food, Wine, and Tradition. These ‘Barossa Vintage Festival Vignettes’ feature local characters with distinctive stories and can be viewed through MyBarossaChannel www.youtube.com/user/MyBarossaChannel?feature=watch and the Barossa Vintage Festival home page.
Since it’s humble beginnings as a Thanksgiving Ball in 1947 to celebrate the end of grape harvest, the Barossa Vintage Festival has grown to become the highlight of Australia’s tourism calendar.
By: MEDIA RELEASE
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