The world’s largest picnic-style race meet, the Oakbank Easter Racing Carnival, is expected to inject $10 million into the Adelaide Hills economy this April.
Held over the Easter long weekend on Saturday April 4 and Monday, April 6, the popular annual event will also boost tourist numbers as an expected 60,000 visitors flock to the Hills town for the 139th event.
Oakbank Racing Club Chairman John Glatz said the club is committed to not only creating the best event for racegoers, but also to working with Hills businesses to ensure the local community continues to benefit from the carnival.
“Oakbank has been part of the Adelaide Hills community for nearly 140 years and it seems a no-brainer to the club to work more closely with others who have their businesses in the region,” Mr Glatz said.
“As a major tourist attraction for the region, Oakbank annually attracts about 60,000 visitors and, on State Government figures, generates business for the region in the vicinity of more than $10m.
“It’s vital that we work with other businesses in the Adelaide Hills to build our business and and at the same time build theirs.”
Returning to this year’s event is The Paddock. A stylish precinct where racegoers can experience elements of modern luxury within a picnic setting, enjoying quality food and drink whilst listening to a laid-back soundtrack spun on vinyl records.
The Locavore, Red Cacao Chocolatier, Little Acre Foods and Quince Catering have put together mouth-watering menus for The Paddock’s punters, while Golding, Sidewood and Somerled will provide their top vinous as the perfect accompaniments.
Children can take part in the Melba’s Giant Easter Egg Hunt and enjoy the long list of other activities on offer at the popular Kidzone, while stylish racegoers can compete for the Fashion at The Races Oakbank title on Monday.
One lucky punter and a female jockey will also take home a $4000 diamond ring crafted by Chris Sheehan from Stirling Jewellers. Me Sheehan also makes the $5000 trophy awarded to the winner of the Great Eastern Steeplechase each year.
Oakbank Easter Racing Carnival
Date: Saturday April 4th & Monday April 6th
Cost: General admission $30
Membership: Memberships start at $110 and Day Memberships are $40
Packages: Starting from $130pp
Fashion: Fashion at the Races Oakbank Final (Monday)