Live music, vineyard views and a funky-shirt-wearing guy giving out free peaches to the crowd shouting hilarious peach puns - 'peach be with you! Wishing peach to you and your family!' - (only those who were there will truly understand this reference). All things considered, the Here's To Now Festival was never really going to disappoint, but the event really outdid itself this past Saturday.
As if Coriole Winery needs anything else to boast about, with its already picnic-perfect scenes and mouth-watering wines, the venue transformed itself to hold the third yearly Here's To Now Festival last weekend. Hosted by The Happy Hotel, the event brought bus-loads of vibes, keen music fans and a whole bunch of atmosphere to the long rows of vines.
A day like no other, the event was truly a treat for all the senses. Mclaren Vale landscapes for the eyes, a mix of folk, indie and rock music for the ears, scrumptious gourmet food and wine for the tastebuds and a beautiful sunny day to warm the skin (and leave awkward tan lines for later). With all this going on PLUS the guy giving out free peaches, the day really couldn't get any better. Picnic rugs, bottles of wine and forgotten about shoes dotted the grass area of Coriole Winery, as festival goers frolicked in the sun and tunes... and yes, it really did look so poetic!
Speaking of tunes, there really must be something said about the incredible lineup of musicians, bands and artists whose sounds filled the surrounding hills and vineyards on that gorgeous day, to the delight of neighbours and festival attendees alike! With a mixed list featuring SKIES, Ainslie Wills, Dan Kelly, C.W Stoneking, Sex On Toast, Surahn, Max Savage and the False Idols, Sweet Jean, Young Muscle and Nan & Betty, the music really took control of the atmosphere- chilling out in some parts and revving up into a full-scale dance party in others! Whether you were a muso or not, it was clear that these artists had been carefully selected for their diversity and talent for making live music that could be enjoyed by all.
All in all, it is fair to say that whoever attended the Here's To Now festival will definitely be returning for another splendid day amongst the vines next year. With the food, wine and feels that were provided, this over-sized, music-filled picnic is definitely something for South Australia to brag about; one of those days that really makes you appreciate the good things in life. So, here's to now (and here's to the free peach guy), peach be with you all!