There’s no doubt about it: winter is here, and although it may feel like your fingers have frostbite on the daily, we assure you there’s a light at the end of the tunnel - and it will be taking form in the annual Barossa Gourmet Weekend early September. Soothe your soul, leave winter behind, and celebrate the fabulous Barossa region in true South Australian style—with wine and local produce.
From the 2nd-4th of September, wineries and restaurants throughout the Barossa will collectively host the nationally-recognised festival for the 31st year running. With 46 events held across more than 40 individual corners of the region, this year’s gourmet program is bound to put a spring in your step.
The Barossa Gourmet Weekend is the region’s largest celebration of food and wine, and holds a truly special place in the hearts of locals. In 1985 a small group of ingenious ‘Barossans’ knew their home-grown produce and regional wines were far too remarkable to keep as town secrets. Fast forward thirty one years and the annual festival continues to grow in popularity and decadence as visitors return year after year to experience the best of the Barossa.
Though the entire program details tempting, appetising events, below are a few specific gourmets that will be getting us through this winter.
Beer vs. Wine Degustation Dinner
Ah, the ultimate question: beer or wine? Enjoy the debate encouraged by Barossa Valley Brewing as you delve into a seasonal interactive 5-course dinner on the Friday or the Saturday from 7PM. Watch winemakers go head to head to win the Battle of the Bottle and decide for yourself what alcoholic beverage is superior.
My Big Fat Greek Gourmet Weekend
Drop in to the Home of the Brave wine and tapas room at Nuriootpa and enjoy a traditional long lunch fit for a Greek God. Hosted by First Drop Wines, this feast will include a spit roasted lamb, an array of Greek salads, seafood, mezze, and much more. Held on the Saturday and the Sunday from 12:30PM, this three-hour Greek-style feast will also have you enjoying the music of Adelaide’s favourite Greek band, Odyssey. Goodness Greecious, we feel like a deity already!
Chocolate & Wine Matching
You know what they say, a glass of wine and piece of chocolate is actually good for you, so it’s fair to say that you’ll have no problem justifying this mouth-watering event, presented by Schild Estate Wines. Here, you’ll be taken through a range of wines that have been carefully paired to artisanal chocolate from the Adelaide Hills. You guessed it, this event is set to be popular and thus there will be three hour-long sessions starting from 11AM across the Saturday and the Sunday. Trust us, your tastebuds will thank you for this one.
Discover something new and immerse yourself in the best of the Barossa’s wine, food, landscapes, and culture at the Barossa Gourmet Weekend.
View the full program and buy tickets here.
What: Barossa Gourmet Weekend
Where: The Barossa Valley
When: 2-4 September 2016
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