Building on the foundation of McLaren Vale’s diverse offering of food, wine and unique experiences, the Festival hosted more than 27,000 people at over 35 specialty events including degustation dinners with renowned chefs and winemakers, intimate tastings hosted by some of the world’s best wine writers and critics, plus children’s activities and fun for the whole family.
Minimal rainfall and daily maximums of 16 degrees across the weekend were welcomed weather forecasts for visitors to the region.
This year’s program of events were divided into three categories – RELISH – special ticketed events on any day from Friday to Monday, hosted at some of McLaren Vale’s most well-known venues and served by some of our most famous wineries and chefs, SUNDAY EXPERIENCE – a “choose your own adventure” winery tour featuring eight different venues, food from eleven different chefs and caterers, and refreshments from fifteen different wineries and breweries, and MONDAY ZEST – relaxed family-friendly affairs at a range of venues across the region.
Working alongside SAPOL and Liquor licensing to ensure community safety, McLaren Vale Grape Wine & Tourism Association General Manager, Jennifer Lynch is pleased with the festivities the Sea & Vines Festival brings to the region year on year.
“Feedback from both local business and Festival-goers has been positive, with many events sold out across the program and crowds well behaved. Pleasingly, SAPOL has confirmed zero DUI offences and zero incident reports,” said Ms Lynch.
“The Festival weekend highlights the incredibly diverse experiences available in our region all year round and continues to cement itself as a hallmark calendar event.”
In 2017 the Festival will celebrate a milestone anniversary of 25 years.