Thirty years ago, a group of forward-thinking ‘Barossians’ packed a selection of premium wine and locally-grown food into their cars, drove to Adelaide and served up a unique tasting experience. They called it the Barossa Gourmet Weekend.
Fast forward three decades and thousands of people from around Australia will make the annual pilgrimage back to the source, to ‘be consumed’ by the riches of this wine and food producing mecca.
The Barossa will come alive from August 14 to 16 with venues inviting visitors to eat, drink and celebrate what is a way-of-life in this world-famous South Australian region.
Barossa Gourmet Weekend Chair Marty Powell said though the weekend has evolved and grown over the 30 years, its focus on celebrating the region’s unique offerings remains unchanged.
“I can’t say if we were one of the first regions to come together to promote their regional story and identity in this way. But, I do know we’re a pretty passionate lot in the Barossa who have always understood that connection between good food and wine… and we’re pretty good at finding reasons to come together and enjoy it, too,” Mr Powell said.
“It’s fantastic to see how the popularity of the weekend has grown. That connection of being in the community – eating and drinking in-situ where its grown and with the people who are growing and making it – has clearly become an important part of the message.”
This year, Mr Powell said the three day festival would be a feast for the senses, with food and wine experiences, plenty of music, family fun days, markets, long lunches, cooking classes and wine master-classes being just some of the highlights.
“For the first time this year, the whole Greennock village is coming out to play. We’re setting up in the local oval, with local wine, food, bands, art … it’s the whole village and all its amazing offerings in the one spot. And that’s just one of the events taking place,” he said.
Other events include a degustation dinner on opening night to celebrate the 125th anniversary of Chateau Tanunda. Each dish is, of course, paired with Barossa wine, starting with Old Vine Semillon and finishing with Sparking Shiraz.
If you’re partial to craft beer, Barossa Valley Brewing will be putting on a five-course spread, matched with beer and wine. The brewer and the winemaker will argue why their drink matches the dinner better, and guests will choose the winner!
For the early-risers Lyndoch Hill and Collingrove Homestead will be cooking up breakfast on Saturday and Sunday. There will be plenty of family-friendly free events to choose from as well. Check out the full Barossa Gourmet Weekend program.