By Melissa Keogh
It’s no secret that the Barossa Valley is a mighty fine region, scattered with wineries that stand tall among the world’s best.
Barossa Gourmet Weekend from September 1–3 will feature the region’s world-class drops alongside culinary delights for what is bound to be a pretty darn good way to start spring.
Festival director Andrew Dundon says that while the focus for the Gourmet Weekend has always been on the wine, 2017 will also celebrate authentic food.
“While the traditional focus for Gourmet Weekend has, and always will be on the wine, this year is about celebrating the strong, authentic food culture that underpins the Barossa lifestyle,” he says.
The 2017 program features 44 free and ticketed events including intimate tastings, exquisite dining experiences, masterclasses, brunches, garden parties, picnics, platters and flame-grilled feasts.
Here’s a list of the top five happenings at Barossa Gourmet Weekend.
1. The Young and The Restless
A new breed of Barossa producers will unleash a selection of culinary food and wine delights on Friday September 1.
The new kids on the block will be lured from their back shed into the limelight, to seduce foodies and wine lovers with their wares.
Participants include Arno Wine Co., Brothers at War Wines, Bruno & George Wines, Durand Distillery, Eperosa Wines, Forage Supply Co, Geyer Wines, Rasa Wines, Rock of Wisdom, Sigurd, and Yetti and the Kokonut.
When: Friday September 1, 6pm–midnight.
Where: Tanunda Showhall, Elizabeth Street, Tanunda.
2. Adelaide Crows Breakfast
Food, wine and footy will be merged together for this nostalgic event at Seppeltsfield Wines.
Seppeltsfield executive chef Owen Andrews will cook up a Barossa breakfast while a replay of the 1997 Grand Final hits the big screen.
Two-time premiership player Darren Jarman and fellow ’97 premiership teammate Peter Caven will join the stage from 10am to reminisce on former glory and ponder what 2017 could hold.
2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the Adelaide Crows’ 1997 premiership win.
When: Sunday September 3, 8.30am–midday.
Where: Seppeltsfield Vintage Cellar, 730 Seppeltsfield Road, Seppeltsfield.
Tickets: $42.50 (including brekky and first glass).
3. Barossa Brewers’ Tap Take-over
Although the Barossa is renowned for its quality wine, it’s also hitting the right notes when it comes to beer.
When: Saturday September 2, midday–10pm, Sunday midday–5pm.
Where: Stein’s Taphouse, 18-28 Barossa Valley Way, Nuriootpa.
4. Poh, Pizza and Paella
This trifecta of delights is one of the nine Gourmet Trail events to unfold across the weekend.
Poh, Pizza and Paella is hosted by Lindsay Wine Estate, featuring the much-loved Poh of JamFace and MasterChef fame.
A new tempranillo – The Bull Fight – will be matched with Poh’s famous seafood paella and rustic pan-fried pizzas.
Food and wine will be available daily from 11am, while a DJ will be cranking the tunes both days as well.
When: Saturday September 2, 11am–5pm and Sunday September 3, 11am–5pm.
Where: Lindsay Wine Estate, 15 Vine Vale Road, Tanunda.
Tickets: General entry to a Gourmet Trail event is $10, which gets you a souvenir glass and access to all Gourmet Trail events. Can be purchased on the day or pre-booked here.
5. The Gin Sessions
This food and gin matching experience presented by Durand Distillery and Elli Beer (cookery queen Maggie Beer’s daughter) Catering is one not to miss.
From 11am Spanish style G&Ts will be matched to freshly shucked oysters.
The midday session is all about the Singapore sloe gin sling and fresh crushed lime along with hirasama king fish gin ceviche with chervil and ruby grapefruit.
At 1pm the focus will be on the classic shaken martini with Barossa fried chicken pieces with rosemary salt.
Millennials, you haven’t been forgotten. From 4pm espresso martinis will roll out with all things chocolate.
When: Saturday September 2, 11am–5pm.
Where: Tanunda Town Square, 66-68 Murray Street, Tanunda.
For more Barossa Gourmet Weekend info, including shuttle bus services, visit the website.