Aren’t we all just in love with the Barossa? The valley is absurdly picturesque, undiscovered artisanal food producers lie around every bend in the road and there’s more wine than you can possibly drink (trust us, we’ve tried). So it seems wholly appropriate that we celebrate the first weekend of Spring (September 1- 3), with the Barossa Gourmet Weekend, as butchers, bakers, cellar doors and restaurants around the valley try to outdo each other in order to impress.
There will be shuttles going around the Barossa to move you between venues so there’s no need for a designated driver. If you want to be the envy of all your friends or nail Father’s Day like a boss, look no further than these events to make a weekend to remember:
Seppeltsfield Wines – Adelaide Crows Breakfast feat. Premiership Legend Darren Jarman
730 Seppeltsfield Road, Seppeltsfield on Sun 3 Sep @ 8:30am – 12:00pm
With 2017 marking the 20th anniversary of the Adelaide Crows 1997 Premiership win, Seppeltsfield is adding footy to the list of flavours on offer this Barossa Gourmet Weekend. Darren Jarman – the six goal hero of the ’97 flag – will be joined by fellow Premiership team mate, Peter Caven, to recall memories of the club’s historic win and ponder what could be this year. Start your day on the right foot with a fully cooked breakfast and a glass of Seppeltsfield Sparkling Shiraz amongst the sounds of Colonel Mustard, There will be highlights on the big-screen of the 1997 Grand Final, with the Premiership pair joining the stage from 10am. Tickets available here.
Lindsay Wine Estate – Poh, Pizza and Paella
15 Vine Vale Rd, Tanunda on Sat 2 Sept & Sun 3 Sept from 11:00am – 5:00pm
Between her TV commitments, the Jamface brand and her café at the Central Markets it’s a wonder Poh ever gets a wink of sleep. That won’t stop her from getting down to Lindsay Wine Estate to cook up some of her famous paella and pan fried pizza though, and no doubt she’ll have a smile on her face while she does. The LWE team will also be celebrating the newest release Barossa ValleyTempranillo – The Bull Fight, matched of course with the seafood paella and pizzas. Tickets available here.
Barossa Valley Brewing – Beer vs. Wine Degustation Dinner
2a Murray St, Tanund on Friday 1 and Saturday 2 Sept from 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Cats vs dogs, apples vs oranges, beer vs wine…These are the eternal questions. There are no easy answers unless you simply say yes to both, which is what Barossa Valley Brewing has done. They’re putting on a five-course seasonal dinner with matching beers and wines and over the night both brewer and winemaker will compete for your affection. Each will try to convince you that theirs is the best pairing, thereby winning the “battle of the bottle”. The event includes a welcome drink and Brewery tour. Tickets available here.
Barossa Farmers Market – A Skill for All Seasons
Cnr Nuriootpa and Stockwell Roads, Angaston on 2 Sept from 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Wholesome, quality produce is at the heart and soul of Barossa’s food culture and there’s no better place to experience it than at the Barossa Farmers Markets. Join Trevallie Orchard & The Hundred Mile Home for a locavore lunch and hands-on fruit preserving workshop. his time-honoured skill will allow you to take your seasonal fruit bounty and turn it into a pantry that just keeps giving. They will demonstrate the Fowlers Vacola method of preserving, as they guide you through making your own to take home before enjoying a shared lunch of beautiful Barossa fare. Tickets available here.
Kellermeister – Gourmet Weekend at Kellermeister’s Chill Zone
Barossa Valley Way, Lyndoch on Sat 3rd & Sun 4th from 9:30am – 5:00pm
Kellermeister will have their full range of wines, Boots cider on tap and even a taste of port poured from the barrel. There’ll be warm fires, spectacular views, live jazz and sumptuous food (including vegetarian and gluten-free options). Tickets available here.
Henschke and Hutton Vale Farm – Spring Fling
65 Stone Jar Rd, Angaston on Sat 2 Sep from 11:00am – 4:00pm
Hutton Vale Farm and Henschke are having a fling in the rolling hills of the Eden Valley. Offering wholesome food grown on the surrounding paddocks, prepared by Harvest Kitchen, while Adelaide’s Porch Sessions spread their wings from their normal backyard style to provide an amazing line-up of live music among the whimsical courtyards and open spaces. You can grab return tickets from 2KW or The Highway Hotel. Tickets available here.
Durand Distillery – The Gin Sessions
Barossa Visitor Information Centre Lawns, 66 – 68 Murray Street, Tanunda on Sat 2 Sep @ 11:00am – 5:00pm
Calling all gin lovers! There’s a whole day’s event dedicated to matching gin and food. You can go for one session or stay for them all. Tickets available here.
Forage Supply Co – Forage Festival
4 Maria St, Tanunda on Sun 3 Sep from 12:00pm – 5:00pm
The Barossa’s first sustainable music festival will be held at Forage Supply Co’s HQ in the heart of Tanunda. They’ll be teaming up with The Porch Sessions folk, as they sweep the glorious property with their spectacular vibes, filling the trees with their porch flavour, and programming an afternoon’s worth of delicious music. There will be plenty of food, music and sustainability, celebrating Forage Supply Co’s concept; from the soil, to the field and back to the earth, all with the smallest footprint possible. Tickets available here.
Lyndoch Hill – If You’re Game: Fire, Feast & Fun
1221 Barossa Valley Way, Lyndoch on Saturday 2 Sept from 6pm – 11pm
Smoke, meat, fire, craft beer and Creed wines is what it’s all about at Lyndoch Hill. Get ready for a special evening full of the best produce, cooked on charcoal. There will be local cheeses, sweet treats to finish and a whole lotta dancing. Tickets available here.
Tourism Barossa – Butcher, Baker, Winemaker Trail
Barossa Visitor Information Centre Lawns, 66 – 68 Murray Street, Tanunda
This is great for those who want to ‘choose your own adventure”. Discover the hidden gems of the Barossa and maybe your new favourite cellar door. Follow the Trail, gather your produce and relax in a sunny picnic spot. Use your VIP vouchers to unlock special experiences across the Barossa’s finest food and wine producers. Start your Butcher, Baker, Winemaker Trail adventure by collecting your VIP Voucher Booklet and Picnic Hamper from the Visitor Information Centre in Tanunda, and then you’re off! Tickets available here.
Chateau Tanunda – Rip Roaring Revelry: Live @ Queen’s
35 Hermann Thumm Drive, Lyndoch on Sat 2 Sept from 11:00am – 4:00pm
Welcome to the twenties… where clandestine is rife. Bask in the ostentatious setting of their ‘speakeasy’ with delicious cocktails, fine wines, swinging jazz and a curated menu of Barossa bites. Pitch up on the low slung seating in your best vintage gear and listen to live jazz and swing with a well shaken Martini in hand… they’ll have you dancing the night away with our sweet line up of SA talented jazz acts. Dress code – bring a slice of 20’s glamour and come dressed in your best gangster suit and designer flapper dress. Tickets available here.
And for those who might be too busy to leave the square mile, don’t stress! There’s some Barossa coming to the CBD:
2KW & The HWY – Spring Fling (Henschke x Hutton Vale Farm)
2a King William St, Adelaide // 290 Anzac Hwy, Plympton on Saturday 2 Sept from 11am – 4pm
If you want to take the stress out of organising who’s driving to the Barossa Gourmet Weekend, let these guys do it for you. All you have to do is make it out of bed and to either 2KW or The Highway Hotel in the morning and from there they’ve got it covered. A bus will take you directly to and from the Henschke and Hutton Vale Farm Spring Fling. More details available here.
There are also plenty more events on across the Barossa region that weekend, so be sure to visit the Barossa Gourmet Weekend website to search for even more places to add to your itinerary.