Harvest Festival a celebration of food, wine and the arts

17 January 2014

Thousands of food, wine and arts lovers will flock to McLaren Vale tomorrow for a celebration of the best regional produce at the annual Harvest Festival.

In its third year, the event’s theme is ‘Joys of the Fleurieu’ and will offer a selection of world class wines, boutique beers and gourmet food from across the region.

The day will kick off with the children’s parade and the Blessing of the Harvest.
Tourism Minister Leon Bignell said the event was a great way to bring the community together to celebrate all the region has to offer.

“With the temperature set to finally cool down on Saturday it will be perfect weather for the McLaren Vale Harvest Festival,” Mr Bignell said.

“This event is about fun and bringing families and visitors together to taste the region’s world class wines and delicious gourmet food.

“There will be plenty of things to keep the kids occupied from face painting and craft, to pizza making and pony rides.”

Highlights of the day include a cooking demonstration by renowned South Australian chef Cheong Liew, cheese, olive oil, beer and wine master classes and the celebrity spaghetti eating and wine spitting competitions.

Legendary cycling commentator Phil Liggett will headline a list of celebrities attempting to achieve the region’s furthest wine spit, with Mr Bignell aiming for his third straight win and defending his record of 5.1 metres.

Live music will be performed by local bands including The Sensational Eyres Brothers and Friends, Tea House Fire, Emily Norton, Orin Winter Band, Kylie Kain and Chris Finnen.

Other performances will include Flourish Tribal Dancers, Dance Xtreme and Seneoz.
The Harvest Festival will be held at the McLaren Vale Oval, Kangarilla Rd, McLaren Vale from 10am to 7pm. Entry is free.

For more information, visit the Harvest Festival website.

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