Food and wine in tune at Gorgeous Festival

03 September 2015

More than 5000 people are expected to attend McLaren Vale’s Gorgeous Festival which will feature an impressive line-up of Australian artists and outstanding food and wine from the region.

Tourism Minister Leon Bignell today launched the fifth Gorgeous Festival which will be held for the first time at Penny’s Hill Winery on November 27 to 28.

“We have amazing food and wine in McLaren Vale and this event - with more than 450 visitors travelling from interstate – is expected to inject more than $1 million into our local economy,” Mr Bignell said.

“The Gorgeous Table event will also be held for the second year in a row and the theme will be the Chef’s Playlist which will focus on chef’s creating a dish around their favourite song.”

Chefs taking part in the Chef’s Playlist include Peter Reschke from d’Arenberg, Karena Armstrong from The Salopian Inn and Neil “Nelly” McGlew from The Kitchen Door.

Entertainment includes Jesse Davidson, Kate Miller-Heidke, Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Stonefield, Falls, Dylan Joel, Montaigne and Rin McArdle.

Festival Director Sally Cranney said the success of the Gorgeous Table event last year challenged them to make it even better.

“We are working very hard to up the stakes this year to ensure the Gorgeous magic of last year’s dinner is cherished and delivered at this year’s Gorgeous Table dinner,” Ms Cranney said.

“We know the chefs are very excited to bring music to the table through their dishes.”

The festival will also feature the Gorgeous Street Food Village with up to eight local caterers showcasing their produce through unique street food stalls and pop-up restaurants.

“We’re are thrilled to be celebrating our Gorgeous 5th birthday with fantastic headliners Kate Miller-Heidke and Melbourne Ska Orchestra at our new venue Penny’s Hill Winery.”

The State Government is supporting the festival for the next three years.

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