One of the year’s best wine events is back for 2016, and once again urging you to Play It Cool. It’s a weekend filled with unique experiences, fabulous food and, of course, WINE! With so many wonderful happenings across the course of the Crush Festival 2016 weekend it’s hard to know where to park yourself. We’ve lined up our fave events on each of the days, and all the info you need to know from how to get there and when in our 2016 Crush Guide.
Friday 22 January
Bar a Vin at ArtWine Estate. 5pm-8.30pm. A glorious European wine bar serving up wines by the glass and canapes while you watch the sunset. The perfect way to end your working week, and kickstart all the Crush Festival fun.
Barristers Block Big Screen. *Ticketed Event* 7pm. Pull out the picnic basket and pack it up with treats to enjoy a night under the stars watching the fabulous film ‘Catch Me If You Can’ with everyone’s favourite… Leo. *siiiigh* There will be food available for purchase if you aren’t prepared so don’t panic. Hello gourmet pizzas! Wines will (obviously) be available too. Yay.
Saturday 23 January
Grease Under the Stars at Tomich Wines. – Grease is the word! This great event is not only a starlit outdoor cinema, showing one of the GREATEST movies of all time, but it also encourages families and vintage/retro car collectors to pack a picnic rug and put the kids in the car too. Any vintage/retro cars that attend the event will be eligible to win best car on show, so get that baby out of the garage.
Sunday 24 January
Mexican Fiesta at Howard Vineyards.10am-6pm. Ole! This will be a cracker. With incredible Mexican treats (we’re talking more than just nachos) from Kitchen Catering by Sam that you can wash down with great wine and sangria, of course. Ay caramba! So don your sombrero and get ready to salsa with live music too. If you’d like there is an all inclusive ticket with city bar Jack Ruby that includes a delicious breakfast burger at Jack Ruby, your first drink at Jack Ruby and a bus to Sidewood Winery and Howard Vineyard, a glass of wine on arrival at Howards and your return bus to Jack Ruby at approximately 5.30pm, where the evening continues with a party! Sounds like a win, win, win to us. Tickets to the Jack Ruby bus here.
Sip of Summer on The Deck at Adelaide Hills Convention Centre. 11am-late. The newest venue on the Crush scene! Vino and more from SC Pannell, d’Arenberg, Hills Cider Co and Karrawatta all come together in this gorgeous cluster event. Kick back on the lounges with live music, DJs ’till late, gourmet food tents, and of course all those aformentioned beverages. All conveniently located along the Crush Hahndorf Shuttle Loop.
The Piece Project 2016 at Longview Vineyard. 12pm-7pm. Glam attended this brilliant Crush event last year and loved every second. Not only are there 10 brilliant wines, live DJs and food to snack on, but it’s the only winery that you’ll find a live street art competition going on! Your vote on the best piece, that you watch unfolding on the day, will be selected to don the following year’s wine bottles. How cool is that!? This one’s a treat for all the senses.
Long Table Lunch at Shaw + Smith. 11am-4pm. An event highlight, undoubtedly. This year’s theme is a divine Thai Street food table. The fabulous feast will be cooked up by the geniuses from Soi.38 restaurant in the city, and all courses matched with Shaw and Smith wines, of course. They’ll even be pulling out some of the museum releases! But get in early next year because this bad boy is already sold out!
Saturday and Sunday
3 Days of Cool at Mt Lofty Ranges Vineyard. Friday 11am-9pm, Sat & Sun 11am-6pm. More tapas! We accept! The wines will be as cool as the live tunes playing. Including reggae band One Planet on Sunday. Ya man.
Bringing The Beach to the Hills at Barristers Block. 9am-7pm. Enjoy that wonderful Summer feeling of sand between your toes… and a drink in your hand. They’ll be serving up brekky from 9-11am if you’re an early riser (or early drinker, we don’t judge). There will also be live music and a charity volleyball comp. Certain to bring all of the laughs.
Barristers Block Beach Huts. *Ticketed Event* 9am-7pm. Now if the above event sounds appealing but you like that luxury living, this is for you. Get waited on hand and foot in your very own all white beach hut for a truly VIP experience. Your ticket will include food and drinks throughout the day. With access to a VIP bathroom (a wine festival essential) and no need to spend your time lining up! Amazing.
Crush @ Bird In Hand. 11am-5pm. One of our fave hills locations – and how could you blame us. There will be a casual food fare, some of the best wines on offer and music on the lawns. The stunning views and the restaurant’s incredible spread is always premium here, we’d recommend booking yourself into the Gallery Restaurant for the full experience.
Provence in the Hills at ArtWine. 11am-5pm. Picture yourself lazing on the terrace or kicking back on the lawns while you sip Mediterranean style wines. Tempt your tastebuds with food from Provenance by Vileroy Restaurant. There will also be live music on to get your groove on.
Summer Days at Paracombe Wines. 9.30am-5pm. Get in early and indulge in brekky with a glass of bubbly for $35. Or wait until lunch for their beautiful selected menu and all of Paracombe’s wonderful wines by the bottle AND the glass. Top it off with an Indulgent Somerville Shiraz Chocolate Experience. Live music, great views and art too.
Sidewood at Maximilian’s. 11am-late. Delicious food will be served up from Head Chef Jamie Laing, like cheese boards, sliders and salt and pepper squid! Drool. Plus Sidewood’s award winning wines and ciders pour alllll dayyy. Try the hole in one golf challenge. Listen to live tunes and even keep the kids entertained with the double decker ball challenge. A great location to settle in at!
Sunday Loop Bus
GETTING AROUND AT CRUSH 2016:
The Crush shuttle bus is $25pp with buses running continuously from 11am to 5pm. Bookings not required – pay cash on the bus.
Loop 1 Hahndorf – Adelaide Hills Convention Centre, Rockbare, Hahndorf Main Street, Sidewood / Jericho at Verdun, O’Leary Walker (connection with Woodside Loop).
Loop 2 Woodside – O’Leary
Walker, Artwine, Bird in Hand, Petaluma, Tomich, Barristers Block, Lobethal Road.
Note: Alcohol cannot be consumed on buses and you can get more info here.
Happy Crush Festival everyone!