There's a lot to celebrate this long weekend with Crush Festival, Australia Day events, Fleurieu Beer Festival and much more.
What’s On: Long weekend fun
The Cudlee Creek bushfire hasn’t affected festivities planned for this weekend’s Crush Festival in the Adelaide Hills, with around 30 wineries and other venues hosting events ranging from picnics and parties to tastings, leisurely lunches and long-table dinners. Organisers are urging people to support the region by joining in the festivities, which include a non-ticketed hawker-market-inspired weekend with Asian street food at Golding Wines; a five-course, $120pp “Hidden Treasures” dinner with locally grown and foraged foods at Ngeringa; an Alfresco Tomato Crushing Festival at Somerled Cellar Bar; Fiano Fridays with oysters, tapas platters and pizza at Barristers Block Wines; “Peach on the Beach” at Howard Vineyard’s Nairne cellar door, a family-friendly day party at Lot 100 and Shakespeare in the Vines at Deviation Road. Return bus trips from the Adelaide CBD to Mt Barker are available, with stops at three different Crush venues.
Girt by sea
Spend Australia Day, on Saturday, January 26, at the events hosted by the Australia Day Council of South Australia. First up is a Smoking Ceremony at Elder Park (Tarntanya) at 7am. Led by Major Sumner, the ceremony aims to enhance awareness of cultural traditions in remembrance of those who have passed. The ceremony begins the day with a sincere acknowledgement to Aboriginal people, including a range of gestures of hope and wellbeing. Then at 6pm, Australia Day in the City begins, with a parade from Victoria Square to Elder Park, where there will be a concert and fireworks.
Fish out of water
Make your way to the foreshore for Brighton Jetty Sculptures from January 22 to February 2. More than 180,000 viewed last year’s sculptures, including the winning sculpture, George. The event is run by volunteers to raise funds for the Brighton Surf Life Saving Club.
The beer from here
This inaugural Fleurieu Beer Festival at Willunga Recreation Park will showcase eight Fleurieu craft breweries – South Coast Brewing, Shifty Lizard, Goodieson Brewery, Swell Brewing Co, Mephisto Brewing, Smiling Samoyed Brewery, Forktree Brewery and Victor’s Place – with those attending able to meet the brewers behind each label and sample their beers. There will also be local food – including burgers and a barbecue – live music, “giant games” and market stalls. Entry for the 4pm-9pm event is $20, including a souvenir beer glass.
The perfect reason
Cyclists are gearing up for Ride for a Reason on Friday, January 24, to benefit Cancer Council. The ride has raised more than $4 million to date, all going towards research, prevention, advocacy and support programs. Riders will take on the Tour Down Under route, but if that seems daunting, the January Distance Challenge allows participants to set a distance goal to complete any time throughout the month.
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January 22 to 26
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