What, another public holiday? Make sure you circle April 25 in the calendar and get up early to pay your respects to the ANZACs next Tuesday. In the meantime, there’s plenty to keep you busy. It’s all about food, wine, and tunes in and around Adelaide this weekend. From food and wine celebrations to long lunches and live music, there’s something for everyone.
Barossa Vintage Festival
Oh, what a vintage. Toast the winemakers’ hard work with a glass of the good stuff at this five-day Barossa Valley festival. The program of events is impressive. Wineries and townships host shindigs ranging from long-table lunches, a scarecrow trail, live music, Chook Shed Social Club, Feast Folk and Fossick at Lyndoch, and a 33-kilometre hill climbing trail run through riesling country. Check out the website for a full rundown of possibilities. Stay a few nights – your belly will thank you.
19 to 23 April, Barossa Valley. Prices vary.
Silver Raven Festival
Silver Raven Festival is a one-day end-of-wine-harvest celebration held at Turkey Flat Vineyards on the banks of Tanunda Creek. The live music is stellar. Headliners Strand of Oaks (USA) are joined by fellow countrymen Jonny Fritz and San Francisco’s Sonny & the Sunsets. Aussie bands Henry Wagons and the Only Children, Jen Cloher (with full band feat. Courtney Barnett, Bones Sloane and Jen Sholakis), Ruby Boots, Lost Ragas, and The San Sebastian and Wanderers. There’s food and plenty of great wine, too.
22 April, Turkey Flat Vineyards, Bethany Road, Tanunda. $89/adult ticket, $39/child (12 and under are free). Return bus transfers from Adelaide city are also available.
Paddock to Plate Lunch at B.-d. Farm Paris Creek
A decent feed with meaning. Biodynamic-organic dairy company B.-d. Farm Paris Creek hosts this paddock-to-plate lunch followed by a talk and Q&A session with Helmy Abouleish, founder of Sekem. Expect a lot of chatter about The Sekem Initiative which supports the shift from conventional to Biodynamic-Organic agriculture. The event is set in a barn and includes a tour of the factory. Who knows, it may even change the world.
22 April, noon to 5pm, B.-d. Farm Paris Creek, Paris Creek Road, Paris Creek, 362 Paris Creek Road, Meadows. $63.69/ticket includes a welcome drink and two course meal.
Signed Books Exhibition
It’s your last chance to catch Adelaide’s Pop-Up Bookshop’s special exhibition featuring tomes signed by the authors. If you’re an avid reader, writer or book collector, this will make you giddy. Expect to see books signed by Booker Prize winners Arundhati Roy, Richard Flanagan, Anne Enright, celebrities Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson, and Heath Ledger, artists Norman Lindsay, John Perceval, Elioth Gruner, Russell Drysdale, Peter Dombrovskis, scientists Dr Oliver Sacks, Jared Diamond and other important figures. It runs from Tuesday to Saturday throughout April so don’t dawdle.
Until 29 April, from 9am, Adelaide’s Pop-Up Bookshop, Central Market, Grote St entrance. Free entry.
Plan ahead: Festival of Mud
Plan ahead for next Thursday’s event. Nothing sums up autumn childhood memories like stomping in puddles, leaves and mud. This City of Unley event lets little tackers do just that. The festival, held in partnership with Nature Play SA, celebrates nature, outdoor play and healthy childhood development. Think mud play, geocaching, cubby building, clay-based arts and story time with Unley libraries. Sounds like a whole lot of grubby school holiday fun.
April 27, 10am to 3pm, Orphanage Park in Millswood. Free entry.
Where are you off to this weekend? Let us know in the comments, below.