Once again, our sister organisation AHWF (Adelaide Hills Wine Festival) has completed their annual wine festival. With attendences up 20% on the previous year, this has been a success in the Adelaide Hills food and dining expansion plans spurred through local, state and federal support.

The two day event featured live music from local and interstate performers, food trucks (including the well known Babush Zamberia),  and wine tasting of the finest Adelaide Hills produce.

The festival has featured 27 wine brands, 100 vintages which have come from local Adelaide Hills wineries. Over the weekend, more than 900 bottles of glorious wine were consumed through wine tastings and 4000 confirmed sales ordered through listed vendors, with many times this likely to flow over the coming months from increased exposure of local brands to what is a growing global market.

Five Fun Facts about this years festival:

  1. this the biggest year for the AHWF – what originally was a group of three wineries trying to grow their exposure in a competitive market, this event has grown from what was 50 attendees to over 4000. With more vendors, performances and guest judges, the popularity is sure to keep growing. This is also still a strong family event, with childrens entertainers, childrens food carts and creche
  2. It’s not just wine. Yes you heard it – to provide an experience for everyone, there are three vendors at the festival which are stocking local pear, apple and berry ciders. Next year its also expected that two known microbreweries and a gin distillery will be bringing their local brands to the 2019 event.
  3. The desserts are to die for. Cakes by Maree’ are featured in the southern pavillion this year, with over 5000 desserts catered. There is also a dessert cooking demonstration which was held each day at 11am and 3pm, with both childrens and adult experiences provided
  4. Brand-a-Bottle – the winner of the AHWF ticket lottery this year gave the prize of being able to coin the name on the 2018 Vercuse Vintage Savignon Blanc. The winner has 30 days working with the wineries branding specialist to come up with the name and label design, and will also receive 2 cases of this commemorative line. This includes a gold emboss of their name which will make for a great collection piece for their whole family.
  5. Battle of the bands success. Wine has also had a strong affinity with music and social events. This years battle of the bands between local secondary schools has lead to a great clash of the titans, with local teenager Alice Clarence taking the prize as the lead vocalist of HerGirls – a teen vocal group. Alice’s father is a local vendor at the event and even managed to take time from servicing their great produce to see the performance.

Local sponsors include Hebel Fulfillment Services Ltd, Adelaide Hills Electrician, The Propaganda Club, Roof Restoration Adelaide and NAWMA. If you’re looking to sponsor the 2019 event, contact the local chamber of commerce for information.

The awards night for this event will be held at Stirling Community hall at 7pm, on the 16th of August 2018. Please note that ticket holders must present their names at the door to be allocated seating.