As the Adelaide Hills prepares to host the first food and wine festival of 2016, we have one thing to advise: don't be shy when it comes to this year's CRUSH.
CRUSH Festival runs from January 22-24 and is set to be the biggest and best yet. With 45 events over 34 locations, CRUSH has grown from a one-day show into a three-day party, with something for everyone to enjoy; from the connoisseurs to the novices.
As the relaxed atmosphere and splendid scenery of the Adelaide Hills lures South Aussies from near and afar, new events exclusive to this year's festival have made it THE summer shindig you don't want to miss.
Such events have Adelaide Hills Wine Region CEO Robin Shaw thrilled to launch the program for 2016. Reflecting the chilled vibe of the Adelaide Hills and the fresh, youthful nature of those who live and work in it, the theme, 'Play It Cool', also pays tribute to the Adelaide Hills's talent for producing world-class cool climate wines.
'The Hills is a great spot to try our crisp, cool climate wines but the CRUSH Festival adds a whole new dimension', she says.
With more cellar doors participating than previous years and a big, juicy bunch of original events on offer, Shaw describes CRUSH 2016 as being 'a sensational display of all the things we love about living and working in the Adelaide Hills'.
Festivalgoers can purchase an official souvenir Spiegelau wine glass for $10 for free entry into non-ticketed events, while designated drivers who collect a wristband at participating venues can enjoy a complimentary non-alcoholic drink on arrival.
CRUSH has an event that will suit everyone, with too many highlights to list. Some for everyone to put on their calendar include the Barristers Block beach day and Longview Vineyard's street art battle.
Barristers Block Wines is bringing all the delights of a day by the seaside to the Hills with 'Bringing the Beach to the Hills'. Have a picnic on the sand, drink wine that pairs well with the summer season, and join in on some charity beach volleyball. Longview Vineyard is proud to present 'The Piece', where you can watch four street artists compete for the chance to have their work feature on the label of Longview's Shiraz. Watch the masterpieces eventuate to all day DJ beats, dance performances, and a BBQ feast.
Other great events include Howard Vineyard's 'Mexican Fiesta'; an Italian garden party at Golding Wines; and an all day champagne breakfast at Ngeringa. From theatre and concerts such as 'Shakespeare in the Vines' at Deviation Road Winery, and 'Cool Sax on the Lawn' at Nepenthe, to Paella at Petaluma and pony rides at Tomich Wines, you're truely spoilt for choice.
Whatever your perfect vino experience is, rest assured: you'll find it at CRUSH.
For the full program go crushfestival.com.
As a large number of events are ticketed, pre-booking is advised. An additional bus service will run to and from Adelaide on the Sunday and shuttle buses will travel between events during the day.
Header image via the CRUSH Festival website.