The 70th Barossa Vintage Festival, after much anticipation, has arrived!
The community Festival featuring over 90 events, showcasing arts, music, culture, community and the region’s highly celebrated food and win, kicks off today, 19 April, and runs for a full five days.
Since the program was launched in December, ticketed events have been selling extremely well with 12 events now fully sold out and many others on the verge of selling out.
Festival Director, Andrew Dundon says everything is in place to ensure it’s all running smoothly, and he encourages locals to get behind and support the Festival. “We’re really excited about the diverse range of events on offer this year, and judging by ticket sales we’re not the only ones,” said Andrew.
“While a lot of the ticketed events are selling out, there’s still plenty of free and family friendly events to get around to. It really is the perfect time to stay in the Barossa for a few days, take it slow and immerse yourself in the Barossa way of life.”
Dundon is referring to the likes of Let’s Go Fly a Kite, The Festival Garden, Ziegenmarkt, the Parade, Barossa Comes Home, Feast, Folk and Fossick and an array of art, heritage and community activities.
“We’re calling on locals to really help spruik the Festival to their acquaintances. If you have friends of family who haven’t heard of the Festival, now is the time to bring them up to speed. Likewise, if you’ve been talking about attending certain events, but haven’t booked tickets or put it in your diary, now is the time to do so.
“The Festival is a great opportunity to get a bunch of people together, head to an event, kick back and soak up Barossan atmosphere. And the kids will love it too, who knows it might even be the highlight of their school holidays!”
Regional Tourism Manager (Tourism Barossa) and Festival Chair, Cathy Wills said the Vintage Festival is not only a wonderful celebration of place, family, generational traditions, creativity, innovation and abundance, but it brings people together.
Previous Barossa Vintage Festivals have attracted over 55,000 people, making it South Australia’s largest regional festival.
“The Festival really is a community celebration. It’s about showcasing and inspiring guests from all over the world. The excitement is certainly building for this year’s 70th celebration with accommodation across the region is almost at capacity,” she said.
“We regularly hear stories of people who have been attending the Festival for years. It’s become a biennial tradition for many people, locals included. Wherever you are in the world, or if the Barossa is your home, we look forward to sharing the celebrations with you.”