Visitors from around the globe converged for Heathcote on Show at the weekend and sampled the best wine and produce the region has to offer.GRAHAM WILLIS June 12, 2014 3:10am
Trina (left) Andersen and Natalie Laritzen of Denmark with Heathcote Wine Hub's Chris Hain. Photo: submitted
The chance to experience the Heathcote region’s artisan winemakers, chefs, brewers and musicians attracted thousands of visitors to Heathcote on Show during the Queen’s Birthday weekend.
Exclusive tastings, new releases, music, gourmet food, community activities and more thrilled crowds at over 30 locations across three days.
District wineries put on their finest faces, attracting plenty of tasters and those looking for something special.
Many provided music and gourmet dining.
Heathcote Tourism president Phil Meehan said the long weekend was a huge success.
‘‘The identity of Heathcote is well and truly out there with the general public,’’ he said.
‘‘You could not move in the main street with so much happening.’’
Overseas visitors were in strong numbers with many young travellers taking the opportunity to spend a weekend in the district.
‘‘We even had two young girls from the Falklands,’’ Mr Meehan said.
Community groups also took the opportunity to participate, including the Heathcote Artists annual art show, St John’s Anglican Church tours and recitals and the Heathcote McIvor Historical Society lock up tours.
Local bakeries and eating destinations enjoyed great crowd numbers with long lines in the street the order of the day.
Heathcote Wine Hub was also a great attraction with food vans in the courtyard.
Bourdeaux Comes to Heathcote at Mona Lisa Gallery gave an appreciative audience the chance to enjoy a glass of wine, a curry and rice meal followed by the film Red Obsession.
Gallery owner Paul Casey said 40 people packed the venue.
‘‘It was the first time we have participated in Heathcote on Show and we will definitely be part of it again,’’ he said.
This year, Langley Barfold fire brigade ran a pop up restaurant at the Barfold hall which was very well received.
The High St festival on Saturday had countless food stalls with a huge range of gourmet offerings, complemented by creative giftware outlets and plenty of entertainment for children.
The most popular of these were the jumping castle, face painting, pony rides and the animal farm.
Jason and Susan Peters of Animals 2U said the animal farm was extremely popular.
‘‘I was delighted to be asked to bring the petting zoo in for Heathcote on Show and was pleased with the high level of interest the zoo had generated with children and adults alike,’’ Mr Peters said.
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