Top events June long weekend, McLaren Vale SA

June 19, 2019 / By Jacqueline Alanne

Ahhh, a long weekend! For Adelaidians, it's an excuse to escape the city for three days, or for those who can’t take a whole weekend, perhaps a day trip to a winey region? 

One of the big wine events on over the weekend is Sea + Vines, a celebration of McLaren Vale wineries that inspires excitement in the wine drinking public (and a little fear in hospitality workers). While Sea + Vines has some truly great events, it’s overall popularity has decreased in recent years, due in part to the bus loads of drinkers that take part in some of the Sunday Experiences events. But don't let that put you off! Here we break down the best of what's on in McLaren Vale over the long weekend, both within and outside of the Sea + Vines program. 

Sea + Vines – Relish
These events are classy, interesting and immersive – think Tasting Australia vibes. Here are three of the Relish highlights.

Corrina versus Karena- Oliver's Taranga Vineyards 
McLaren Vale heavyweights combine force for a ‘Nautical Knock-out’ four course lunch with paired wines. Expect banter between Corrina Wright, the Oliver's Taranga winemaker, and Karena Armstrong, Head Chef at the Salopian Inn, plus a positively winey feast. 
On both Saturday and Sunday, 12.00-4.00 pm, $120 per person. 

Andre’s Cucina & the Blind Tiger Gin Bar - Angove Mclaren Vale  
A sell out event last year, Andre’s Mangia Mangia & the Blind Tiger Gin bar combine for a luncheon rich in flavour with delicious modern Italian food, cocktails and Angove wines. Adelaide band ARIA will keep the good vibes going! 
On both Saturday and Sunday, 12.00-4.00 pm, $80 per person. 

Flight Club – Beresford Estate 
Visit the fancy pants Beresford venue for $15 tasting flights from Beresford Wines, Vale Brewing, and 23rd Street Distillery. Try Beresford's award-winning McLaren Vale wines, session-able craft brews or a range of premium spirits. Wow!  

Family Fun Monday 
Sea + Vines has some great family-friendly activities on Monday including

* Kiddoteca  at Pizzatecca, where there's free entry, live music, plenty of entertainment, and family-friendly food under the gum trees,

* Games and fun at Kay Brothers, one of the most peaceful winery locations, including an archery ‘come and try’ courtesy of Southern Vales Archery,

* Amazeballs @ Maxwell Wine where you'll find some of Adelaide’s best food trucks plus live music and kids activities, including an eight metre tall rock climbing wall, ball pit and – of course – the Maxwell Maze. 

Sea + Vines – Sunday Experience
Ok - as we said already - these events can be like a moving party! But don’t let that dissuade you from giving it a go. Sunday experience tickets give you access to two of seven great venues, each with their own vinos and food options.

There are also a number of Adelaide pubs, such as the West Oak, Ramsgate, Highway and Havelock, that are offering their own version of a Sunday experience. Remember though, these events are well and truly a marathon so you'll probably need Monday to rest! 

50th Anniversary Revival Concert - WOODSTOCK
Running on both the Saturday and Sunday is WOODSTOCK'S relaxed live music event that gives a nod to 50 years of the famous Woodstock music festival. Expect throwback hits, delicious food from the Coterie kitchen, and hippie attire. Buses are running from the Parkside Hotel and Franklin Hotel so a designated driver is not required. 

The Queens Club- Lot 100 (image above)
This is a fresh addition to the June lineup and, though not actually in the Vale, it's well worth a visit. Lot 100 is celebrating it’s first June long weekend with a big ol’ party. There are buses leaving from the Seven Stars, The Cumby, and 2kw, making it easy to relax and enjoy as many of the  Lot 100 vendors as you like. Don't miss Mismatch Brewing Co., Adelaide Hills Distillery, Vinteloper, and the Hills Cider Company. With live music across two stages, this will be a big one! 

There really is so much on for the June long weekend, regardless of where you look. If none of these options appeal, why not give your favourite venue a call, and ask them about their June long weekend plans. Chances are, you’re going to like what you hear. Let’s make the most of our own backyard!

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