In what will be its 24th year, the McLaren Vale Sea & Vines Festival celebrates the culinary and winemaking traditions of South Australia’s world-class gastronomic destination over the June long weekend.
Over four days of jam packed wine action, the Festival offers a variety of events, with a little something for everyone. From intimate degustation dinners with celebrity chefs and winemakers, structured masterclasses, a Spanish inspired fiesta, food trucks, live music, jumping castles and petting zoos – the whole family can get involved!
Highlighting the 2016 program is a uniquely tailored and intimate evening with multi-instrumentalist and jazz virtuoso James Morrison, matched to a carefully crafted five-course degustation experience for Maxwell Wine’s ‘Jazz in The Vines’ event.
Festival partner, Plumm glassware and Head Sommelier of Sydney’s ARIA, Matt Dunne, will match McLaren Vale wines to a unique menu created by local chef, Karena Armstrong at McLaren Vale’s iconic Salopian Inn. Attending guests will also receive four of Plumm’s crystal stemmed glasses to enjoy at home.
McLaren Vale Grape Wine & Tourism Association General Manager, Jennifer Lynch, endorses the Festival as the perfect showcase of what visitors can expect to experience in McLaren Vale all year round.
“The 2016 Festival encompasses over 35 unique and diverse events and will showcase over 25 of our region’s wineries – there is really is something for everyone,” said Ms Lynch.
“We have carefully crafted the events to encourage guests to stay over the June long weekend and spend time discovering one of Australia’s most exciting and diverse regions.”
The 2016 program welcomes Festival new-comers Bondar Wines and their ‘Bondar Wines Shed Party’, featuring food by the talented boys at Snap Crackle, tunes by WOMAD-playing artist Ripley, and beats by Adelaide’s pre-eminent DJ Driller.
Serafino is hosting a ‘Sharktooth Long Lunch’, where Master Chef’s Jessie Spiby will team up with Serafino Executive Chef Sarah Contin, to deliver a six-course food and wine experience like no other; while Hardy’s Tintara will host a collection of seafood master classes led by South Australia’s own Michael Angelakis and Michael Keelan.
The McLaren Vale Sea & Vines Festival will be held over the June Long weekend, 10 – 13 June across the McLaren Vale Region.
For the full program, tickets, maps and further information please visit seaandvines.com.au.