Gorgeous Festival, a highlight in the Australian cultural calendar, returns in 2013 to the picturesque town of McLaren Vale in South Australia. Experiencing extensive growth in the last two years, the Festival’s director, Alistair Cranney, is excited to announce that Gorgeous Festival will expand in 2013 to run across two days, Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd November and move to a new location at Serafino Winery in McLaren Vale.
In 2012 a stellar line-up graced the main stage with premium acts including ARIA Award winner Missy Higgins, Dan Sultan, Gossling, The Preatures and many more. Food and wine lovers enjoyed exquisite cuisine with dishes from award-winning restaurants such as Fino, d’Arrys Verandah, the Elbow Room and a live masterclass with well know South Australian chef Bradd Johns all the while sipping on some of the best wines in the region. Nine wineries including Paxton and Wirra Wirra showcased their latest harvests for festival goers to enjoy. And for the first time a festival crèche was made available for junior Gorgeous Festival attendees so all the family could enjoy the festival atmosphere.
Gorgeous Festival’s roots lie in the McLaren Vale wine region, celebrating local produce and premium wines. The festival however has created a broad national appeal by having some of the country’s top Australian artists to preform on the main stage as well as creating opportunities for up and coming musicians in association with event partner APRA (Australasian Performing Rights Association) and in 2013 the art prize will be open to entrants nationally. Gorgeous Festival attracts interstate festival goers to the wine region with accommodation selling out well before the festival date.
“2012 was a great year for the festival as not only did we double festival attendance but we also created a benchmark on how we wanted the festival to look and feel in years to come. We learnt a lot in the first two years and are looking forward to launching great initiatives for 2013 with the first announcement being that the festival will move to two days and the second that we’ve moved the location this year to Serafino Winery which allows us to continue to grow and create the ultimate Gorgeous Festival experience.” Alistair Cranney, Gorgeous Festival Director
In 2013 the festival will now be at Serafino Winery in McLaren Vale on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd November. To keep up to date with the latest news please visit www.gorgeousfestival.com.au or www.facebook.com/gorgeousfest
“What a Gorgeous day this has been! Thanks to the organisers for having me here today”
Gossling, performed at the festival in 2012
“I rise today to commend the organisers of the Gorgeous Festival which was held in McLaren Vale on Saturday, and in particular, the festival directors, Sally and Alistair Cranney, who have done a tremendous job.” Minister for Tourism, Leon Bignell
“ICEHOUSE had a wonderful time at Gorgeous. We loved the concept of people being able to explore food, wine and music in such a beautiful and happy environment.”
Iva Davies, ICEHOUSE – headline act for 2011