Angaston-based boutique wine bar and cellar door, Otherness, is hosting a fundraising dinner this August for the families affected by the crisis in Ukraine.
A night of great food will be dished up by renowned executive chef Sam Smith, alongside a comprehensive wine menu, curated by restauranteur and wine connoisseur Grant Dickson.
Mr Dickson, the owner of Otherness, says the people of Barossa feel a “deep empathy” for Ukraine’s victims of war, and wish to make some “small but potent contribution” to the cause.
“The Russian invasion of Ukraine resonates uncomfortably with many people I speak to in the Barossa. Perhaps because of our own legacy, we feel a deep empathy with the victims of war,” said Mr Dickson.
Mr Dickson refers to the Barossan legacy of 26 German ‘Old Lutheran’ farmers, originally from Silesia in Prussia, who settled in Bethany in 1842.
“From an ancestral home that is now located in southwestern Poland, (not that far from Ukraine), they represented a small group of a large population of refugees who had fled religious persecution in their homeland and dispersed to different parts of the world,” Mr Dickson continued.
“Living in the Barossa, we continue to feel the presence and legacy these refugee settlers made and continue to make to our region.”
All profits will be donated to Caritas, an international charity which provides urgent support to displaced people of Ukraine. So far, Caritas Ukraine has assisted more than 800,000 people since the conflict began and continues to help those living through air raids and attacks.
Money will go towards support vulnerable families who are in need of shelter, food, clean water, hygiene support, medical attention and protection.
“…it is the staggering number of displaced people, mainly women and children that I find equally appalling, 6.5 million within the war-torn country itself, 6 million who have left for neighbouring countries,” said Mr Dickson.
“I am proud to call the Barossa home and I am determined that Otherness should make some small but potent contribution to relieve the plight of these desperate and homeless families, especially the children.”
A wine auction will also be hosted on the night, auctioning off a multitude of very special brands kindly donated by local wineries and private cellars around the Barossa.
The BAROSSA for UKRAINE charity dinner forms part of the ‘A Little More’ Barossa food and wine festival, which is will host 50 curated events across more than 40 Barossa locations.
For more information or tickets, visit the Otherness website.
When: Tuesday 23 August, 6:00pm
Where: 38 Murray Street, Angaston SA 5353
Cost: $120 per person (includes dinner)