Spring Rac·ing. Compound Noun – A sophisticated social culmination of all things that are exciting; including fashion, flutters, gourmet delights, equestrian thrills and regional wine spills.
We are truly in the midst of the Spring Racing season with the ‘race that stops a nation’ upon us. Chances are you’ve locked in your plans and have your outfit sorted. But why peak there? Those who are averse to the idea of hanging up their stylish yet grass-sensible wedge heels can look forward to a smorgasbord of other racing events only a couple more lengths down the track.
One such calendar-worthy event is the Langhorne Creek Vignerons’ Day on Sunday November 23 at Strathalbyn Racecourse. Only 40 minutes from the city, the event is fast becoming one of the most popular race days of the South Australian racing season. It is synonymous with the best gourmet food and wine the Fleurieu Peninsula has to offer.
“It’s gone from strength to strength over the years and has become a highly-regarded, fun event that’s not to be missed,” says Strathalbyn Racing Club Chairman Clynt Johansen.
The Langhorne Creek Vignerons’ Day celebrates its 21st birthday this year with a special treat for racegoers. Former MasterChef contestant and renowned chef Andre Ursini has created a tantalising menu featuring the best of the Fleurieu Peninsula for the lucky patrons of the luxury Eden Marquee.
The exclusive Eden Marquee is evidently the place to be. According to organisers, the area will be decadently styled and giddy with high-end atmosphere. Andre’s grazing menu and premium Langhorne Creek wines will feature as a nod to the region whilst aptly matched to the season.
Wines by labels Bleasdale, Bremerton, Hand Crafted by Geoff Hardy, Howlin’ Gale, Lake Breeze and The Winehouse will be available on the day by the bottle or glass.
Popular Adelaide band the Happy Leonards will play in the main area throughout the day and attendees are welcome to bring their own picnic rug and chairs for a more relaxed outing.
Langhorne Creek Vignerons’ Day
Date: Sunday, November 23
Time: Gates open at 9.30am
Location: Strathalbyn Racecourse, Dry Plains Rd, Strathalbyn
General admission cost: $20 for adults, $15 concession and under 15s enter free. Picnic hampers can be brought in, but glass is not permitted. No BYO alcohol allowed.
Eden Marquee cost: $160 a person, all inclusive.
Details and images via theracessa.com.au