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23 times the fun at the 2007 Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend
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The first of its kind in Australia, twenty-three years later, the Annual Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend is now a ‘must attend’ celebration of mouth-watering regional wine, food and entertainment.
And this year promises to be bigger and better than ever before. On Saturday the 5th and Sunday the 6th of May, the Clare Valley is stepping things up a gear, adding more tasty events to the already delicious two-day festival.
As the Clare Valley is one of the most famous wine producing regions in the world, it comes as no surprise that regional wine tasting is the hero of the weekend. In fact, on Gourmet Saturday, over 120 unreleased local wines will be available for tasting, all at varying stages of development. With the actual winemakers present on the day for Tutored Tastings, you’ll soon be talking, swishing and spitting wine with the best of them. Other divine Saturday events include the Gourmet Night In at the Clare Showgrounds – with non-stop boutique wines, mouth-watering cuisine and live music from 12pm – 11pm at night.
If Gourmet Saturday may slightly favour the wine enthusiast, Gourmet Sunday tips the scales in favour of the serious food buff. From incredible breakfasts commencing at 8.30am, to a deliciously long lunch starting at 10am, a virtual smorgasbord of regional produce will help create an array of menus designed to tantalize the palate (and ensure a food and wine matching extravaganza).
If the incredible symphony of wine and food is music to your mouth, the sublime range of live music to be served up all weekend will be music to everyone’s ears. From popular Jazz and Blues bands, to Cabaret, Pop, Soul and Funk, live bands will be playing throughout the Valley all weekend, carefully chosen to complement your appetite.
Clare Valley icon and proprietor of Mitchell Wines, Andrew Mitchell, has nothing but praise for the two-day event, adding:"the Gourmet Weekend event gets bigger each year, with people from all walks of life converging to enjoy the best of regional wine and food. It’s a celebration of everything good about the Clare Valley and everyone leaves much richer for the experience".
Adding to the tremendous success of the Gourmet Weekend each year is the inviting, almost magical ambience of the Clare Valley. Surrounded by breathtaking natural scenery, restaurants, shops, antique stores, country pubs and fantastic places to spend a night or two, the Clare Valley has quickly become a thriving tourist destination.