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By Annalise Toms | @annalise_toms
The Clare Valley wine region will be hosting their annual Gourmet Weekend event on May 17 – 20.
Celebrating its 35th anniversary, the Gourmet Weekend boasts the oldest and longest consecutive running food and wine event in Australia.
The event was originally designed to celebrate the end of vintage and has now grown, with over 28 wineries participating in the Gourmet Weekend.
Executive Officer and Event Coordinator at the Clare Valley Wine and Grape Association Tania Matz said there are a range of diverse events people can choose from over the weekend.
“There are venues that are really family orientated who cater for kids…and also for people who want to have a party and enjoy good live bands,” Ms Matz said.
“Our educational events like masterclasses, degustations, dinners and lunches seem to be quite popular.”
If degustations and high-end tastings aren’t your forte, Ms Matz recommends attending the Gourmet Celebration at the Clare Valley Showground on the Saturday night.
There will be a relaxed vibe with a free drink upon arrival, lots of food and drinks available and live music to be enjoyed with company of friends or family.
The region will attract around 7000 people over the three-day event, bringing with it great economic impact for the local businesses in the Clare Valley.
Cellar Door Assistant for Grosset Wines Clare Valley Lisa Roberts said Grosset Wines loves participating in the Gourmet Weekend as it showcases the Clare Valley at a beautiful time of year.
“The weekend also gives people the opportunity to taste and become familiar with our brand and what we have to offer,” Ms Roberts said.
Grosset Wines will be opening the maturation cellar over the weekend, offering the public a chance to purchase some back-vintage wines that have not yet been available.
Ms Roberts’ advice to wine newbies is to first and foremost have fun as events like these are a great way to experiment with different varietals, vintages and winemakers.
Grosset Wines recommends taking part in Masterclasses or specific tastings to build your wine knowledge and palates.
However, “slow and steady wins the race,” Ms Roberts said.
Kilikanoon Wines will be hosting their event ‘Comida y Vino’ – a taste of authentic Spanish cuisine by Comida Catering Co. paired with Kilikanoon wines on their Tregea Terrace.
Marketing Manager at Kilikanoon Wines Sophie Cocks said the Gourmet Weekend “creates exposure to get people coming in and enjoying themselves in a relaxed environment.”
Ms Cocks expects with the cooler weather their Shiraz and GSM wine blends will be most popular, however for people who are already familiar with the Clare Valley, Riesling will be the drink of choice.
LinkSA will be providing shuttle buses over the Gourmet Weekend to ensure a safe and convenient weekend full of food and wine indulgences.
Accommodation in the Clare Valley over the weekend event is very scarce at this stage, however unpowered camp sites are still available.
Visit the Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend website to purchase tickets and for further information on the events held over the weekend.