Australia’s Biggest Award Winning Cellar Door Fest Returns This Weekend

180 SA wineries, breweries and distilleries unite in the heart of Adelaide for a mammoth three-day festival that kicks off tonight

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It’s back – the 2017 Cellar Door Fest – 180 producers in one venue in the heart of a City now recognised as one of the Great Wine Capitals of the World.

Fest visitors are invited to meet, taste and discover South Australia’s best wineries – including over 20 new wineries, from 15 regions across the State. Also on show will be local brewers, distillers and food producers.

The Fest runs from tonight – Friday 24th until Sunday 26th February 2017, at the Adelaide Convention Centre.

Appearing in the programme will be the Long Table experiences, which for the first time will pair acclaimed local restaurants with wineries. Diners will explore regional flavours under the guidance of Tomich Wines and Hardy’s Verandah Restaurant; The Henry Austin; Beach Road Wines; Topiary and Vinteloper and Clare Valley star performer, Skillogalee. All Long Table experiences will feature award winning cheeses by Kris Lloyd Artisan.

Other new offerings include, the ‘Flavours of the Fest’- a free, live cooking demonstration stage that allows visitors to learn and interact with the food producers and taste their delicious recipes. Also new this year are the free, ‘Meet the Maker Sessions’, up close and personal experiences and delectable tastings where makers unlock their secrets, share their knowledge and offer insight into their products.

The much-anticipated Master Classes are back, bigger and bolder than ever, featuring:

  • ‘When Age Only Matters’; an hour-long vertical cheese and wine tasting experience, hosted by Valerie Henbest and Rhys Howlett.
  • ‘The Plumm Wine Glass Experience’; a lesson in matching the right glassware to your favourite drop, hosted by Rocco Esposito, former Director of Wine at Melbourne’s three-hatted Vue de Monde.
  • ‘From One Country to the Next’; a horizontal cheese and wine tasting with hosts Valerie and Rhys.
  • ‘In Good Spirit’; a showcase of Applewood Distillery’s range and how these can be crafted into the perfect summer drink with Man of Spirit Mark Reginato and owner of Applewood Distillery Brendan Carter.
  • ‘Gems of the Riverland’; unveil the boutique wineries changing our perception of this great region with Phil Reedman, Global Master of Wine and Riverland Wines.
  • ‘Cheese with a Twist’; a cooking with cheese experience hosted by Valerie and Rhys.
  • ‘Gimme Some Sugar’; a dessert and wine matching Master Class with Alex Crawford, Sugar Man Patisserie and Max Mason, The Henry Austin.

And if all that’s not enough, fresh to the festival this year, ‘The Distillery’ (a new section and very on trend product offering) will be unveiled with samplings of local award winning boutique spirits from the likes of Prohibition Liquor Co, Applewood Distillery and Barossa Distilling Company. More to be announced in the lead up to the Festival.

Primary Industries and Regions South Australia (PIRSA) are proud to be the Festival’s major sponsor as the Cellar Door Fest is the perfect platform to promote Adelaide, South Australia’s membership in the Great Wine Capitals Global Network.

This year’s Fest Ambassadors include iconic cheese artisan Kris Lloyd, Max Mason from The Henry Austin, David Bowley from Vinteloper and food influencer Dougal McFuzzlebutt, who will be encouraging Fest visitors to explore the regions in their own backyard, enjoy complimentary tastings, chat to the makers, and immerse themselves in an intimate behind-the-scenes culinary experience.

Tickets for the 2017 Cellar Door Fest are on sale now – Friday General Admission tickets $25 each and General Admission tickets $33 each on Saturday or Sunday. All entry tickets include access to the Festival for your selected day, a Plumm wine glass for complimentary tastings from all 180 exhibitors and a souvenir calico shopping bag.

For further information please visit the Cellar Door Fest website – www.cellardoorfestival.com

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