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Festival launch

Festival launch

The Barossa Vintage Festival, last night officially released its programme for 2015, showcasing 95 events over five days including a decadent feast, long table lunches, wild gypsy parties, a scarecrow trail and a comedic journey through wine education.

Running from April 15-19, the Barossa Vintage Festival is Australia’s largest and longest-running tourism festival – originally conceived in 1938, however due to the onset of war, officially kicking off in 1947.

Back then it was a single Thanksgiving Ball that celebrated the end of the grape harvest, and the end of conflict which had threatened to divide the German Australian community.

Barossa Vintage Festival Director, Mr Andrew Dundon, says the festival is like no other in Australia – where locals invite the rest of the world in to taste the fruits of their toils and the loves of their labour.

Whether that be the extraordinary food and wine, or the myriad of community-driven events, showcasing everyone from local painters and poets, to musicians and quilters.

In 2015, the program is particularly diverse and eclectic, appealing to anyone and everyone.

“Whether you choose to come for just the premium black tie events”, he says, “or instead take a more grass-roots approach, packing a picnic basket and biking around from winery to winery following the scarecrow trail.”

While the old favourites are back, including The Ziegnmarkt, The Festival Parade and The Butcher, Baker, Winemaker Trail, other highlights include the re-imagined Festival Ball – now The Feast.