A fabulous event that has been going for almost 20 years where the area's wineries team up with restaurants (usually from Adelaide) to present a food & wine extravaganza to taste and enjoy the wines, the area and the associated celebratory events. Great fun, and a great way to enjoy this beautiful valley.
The first Gourmet Weekend to be established in South Australia took place in the Clare Valley 19 years ago, an exciting country event which has happened annually since 1984, attracting huge crowds to this picturesque area.
The Gourmet Weekend will be held on May 16, 17, 18, 2003. After the opportunity to enjoy a lively folk concert in a vineyard setting or one of the various themed dinners on Friday evening, Saturday is the day for the new vintage wines to be tasted. This is an opportunity to meet with the winemakers from all around the valley. Winemakers also conduct tutored varietal tastings at different wineries on the Saturday. These tastings are a new concept for the Gourmet Weekend, a part of Clare Valley winemakers' educational program helping people to appreciate and enjoy fine wine. Some wineries and restaurants will be holding dinners in the evening and country pubs will present live music.
The Clare Valley in May is a glorious place, the vivid autumn colours of hills, vineyards and bush will really blow your mind. An easy 90 minute drive from Adelaide brings you to historic Auburn, the Southern entrance to the Valley. At least 30 wineries open on the Saturday for tastings with several offering delicious vineyard lunches and light meals.
Sunday, the wine and food day. Best to make an early start to catch breakfast at quite a few of the wineries, perhaps beside a glowing bonfire. A wonderful selection of foods from around the globe, as well as local cuisine, is presented all day. Complemented by the Valley's magnificent wines, available by glass or bottle. Most wineries have music ranging from jazz to light classical, adding to the atmosphere.
Names of participating wineries and restaurants will be available from March 2003 and the Gourmet Weekend brochure will be out and about from Easter 2003.