Thousands will return to the stunning Clare Valley this May for the 34th Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend from Friday 18 to Monday 21 May 2018. The renowned festival is a celebration of the best the Clare Valley has to offer…food, wine, hospitality, gorgeous autumnal landscapes, heritage buildings, art and music tastefully interwoven making it a major drawcard on the South Australian event calendar.
This year, 36 wineries, two breweries and a number of regional restaurants will take part in the Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend. The event will also feature a range of special events, including degustation lunches and dinners, the Gourmet Farmers Market, competitions, masterclasses and educational activities The program will be jam-packed with events and features, including two new winery venues to be included in 2018 sessions and a Monday morning wine sale including new and vintage wine releases at select venues.
This year, the popular Gourmet Hub will be relocated to the Clare Showgrounds, across the highway from the previous site at the Clare Valley Wine, Food and Tourism Centre, and will also include the Clare Valley Cuisine Gourmet Market. This Gourmet Hub will again feature wine from new boutique brands in the region who do not have their own cellar doors.
Getting around the festival will be even easier, thanks to LINKSA, which will operate a bus service from Adelaide to Clare on the Saturday 19 May 2018, which will then connect to a shuttle bus in the region. The shuttle bus will be operating on both Saturday and Sunday throughout the Clare Valley. Transport options will also be available once in the region through local taxi services and buses.
Chair of the Clare Valley Winemakers Incorporated Andrew Pike said the 2018 Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend as always, will be a fitting way to celebrate our latest vintage and to promote the Clare Valley’s diverse regional wine, food, and hospitality with authentic country charm.
“We are very much looking forward to the 2018 Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend,” Andrew said. “It is arguably the main highlight on our regional calendar, and this year will be no exception, with plenty to showcase across the Valley.”
Clare Valley Winemakers Incorporated Executive Officer Tania Matz said plans for the Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend are well underway. “The preparations are in full swing for a great weekend of country hospitality and memorable experiences,” Tania said. “We’re excited to welcome two new wineries to the program, more special events, plus the addition of the Clare Valley Cuisine Gourmet Market to the Gourmet Hub, which will make the event bigger and better than before.”
“We encourage visitors to jump on a bus from Adelaide, stay for the weekend or organise a group itinerary to enjoy the very best that the festival has to offer,” she said.
The Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend official program will be launched at the Cellar Door Fest at the Adelaide Convention Centre on Friday 2 to Sunday 4 March 2018.
The 2018 Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend will be held from Friday 18 to Monday 21 May 2018. For buses and transport information, programs, and additional information, please visit http://www.clarevalley.com.au/events/gourmet-weekend/
The 2018 Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend facts:
The first Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend was held in May 1985, making the event the oldest of its kind in Australia.
Thirty-six wineries and two breweries will be involved in the 2018 Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend.
New to the program will be the inclusion of competitions, masterclasses, and educational sessions.
The 2018 Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend official program will be launched at the Cellar Door Fest on 2 - 4 March 2018.
In 2018, the Gourmet Hub will be relocated to the Clare Showgrounds, and will include the Clare Valley Cuisine Gourmet Market. The Gourmet Hub will be open throughout the weekend, for media and public to try and taste wines from boutique wineries.
Day trip and weekend itineraries have been planned for event goers.