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Celebrate the blend of the Barossa Vintage Festival

Australia’s largest and longest running wine event, the Barossa Vintage Festival, will launch its most extensive program in the events 62 year history this Friday 14 November at Peter Lehmann Wines.

The Barossa Vintage Festival, held every two years, will explore and celebrate every aspect of the Barossa community with more than 100 events taking place over nine days between Easter Saturday 11 April to Sunday 19 April.

The Barossa community has been celebrating the grape harvest through this iconic festival and although wine is an obvious focal point, Chair Bill Biscoe says there is so much more to explore. “The Barossa Vintage Festival is a reflection of our willingness to share our culture and spirit with the rest of the world,” Bill said. “There is literally something for everyone, from numerous free family fun days to formal wine dinners,” he said.

“Visitors will be able to enjoy the Barossa hospitality whilst being entertained, sampling fine Barossa produce and drinking our world famous wines!”

Wineries will team up with local businesses, civic groups, churches and individuals to stage the various activities that make up the festival.

Visitors can attend festival favourites including the Vintage Parade (the longest street parade in the Southern hemisphere), the Young Ambassador Awards, the Rare and Distinguished Barossa Wine Auction, Festival Ball, Jazz under a Hot Tin Roof and the Yalumba Harvest Market.

New to the festival in 2009 is ‘Carnival’, a free event, on Easter Saturday, to be held at the Historic Seppeltsfield site with plenty of food, wine and activities for all ages.

Visitors can become a ‘Friend of the Festival’ and obtain discounts on events, exclusive invitations and automatic entry into festival competitions.

Festival programs are available at the South Australian Visitor and Travel Centre. For more information about The Barossa Vintage Festival and how to become a ‘Friend of the Festival’ visit www.barossavintagefestival.com or contact 8563 0663.



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