Sea & Vines Turns 21


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This June long weekend the McLaren Vale BankSA Sea & Vines Festival will come of age, when the popular food and wine event turns 21.

Tickets for the highly anticipated annual festival will be released on Thursday, April 11, with BankSA customers able to book from 9am on Monday, April 8.

As the major sponsor of the event, BankSA’s lucky customers can purchase tickets three days ahead of the general public. The complete festival program is available to BankSA customers online at from April 8, and from April 11 to non-BankSA customers.

Those heading to the McLaren Vale BankSA Sea & Vines Festival will be spoilt for choice this year.

“With wide-ranging events, from family-oriented, to big parties, to intimate and indulgent degustation dinners with winemakers, the McLaren Vale BankSA Sea & Vines Festival has something for everyone, over three spectacular days,” MVGWTA Chairman Peter Hayes said.

McLaren Vale’s food, wine and entertainment, which represents some of the most tantalising experiences South Australia has to offer, will be showcased across three categories: Experience, Relish and Delight, with expected crowds of more than 20,000.

Major drawcards this year include the five-course seafood extravaganza SEAgustation at The Kitchen Door Restaurant with celebrity chef Dorinda Hafner, performances by 2011 X Factor runner up Andrew Wishart at Middlebrook, and Cheese & Wine Master Classes with The Smelly Cheese Shop at Dowie Doole.

The McLaren Vale BankSA Sea & Vines Festival started out as the ‘Continuous Picnic’ weekend in 1992. Since then it has grown into one of South Australia’s most loved and anticipated food and wine events.

“The McLaren Vale BankSA Sea & Vines Festival has evolved over the past 21 years, driving wine tourism in the McLaren Vale and helping build the regional food and wine culture into the world-class food and wine mecca it is today,” Mr Hayes said.

More than 30 venues will be hosting events during the 2013 McLaren Vale BankSA Sea & Vines Festival, with more than half being Relish and Delight events. Experience Sunday events will continue to be a very popular aspect of the festival and MVGWTA recommends that people book early.

Visitors are urged to plan their travel arrangements in advance, by nominating a designated driver or by hiring a bus. Those planning to travel by bus must be aware that licensed buses are not encouraged at some events, including the popular venue Leconfield and Friends, which is not accepting licensed buses on the festival weekend.

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