It has become very popular over the years.
Down at our end of the region we have three wineries. Cupitts had an Italian theme going with a long table lunch, a "Slow Food" producers' market and boules on the lawn. Murramarang Vineyard had live jazz and a BBQ lunch. Our friends Max and Glenda at Fern Gully Winery offered wine making tours, seafood platters, cheese plates and delicious local gourmet pies (Atlantic salmon & prawns in creamy leek and Chardonnay sauce or Venison, braised in Chambourcin with field mushrooms). Who could refuse one of each on a cool sunny winter's day washed down with one of Max's reds? There was a steady stream of people on all three days obviously with the same thought.
This year the co-driver was asked to display some of her quilts for a few hours each day at Fern Gully. So we were up early each morning hanging ten examples of her work around the tasting room /winery. In the end, no sales but a lot of well deserved compliments.
Luckily the weather was condusive this year for it to be outdoors. In the past, this particular long weekend was always considered to be a bit of a drought breaker. But as we had had three weeks of rain leading up to the event we knew we would be ok this time.
Last year I did the publicity for the event but this time round I was just a visitor. Did I miss the lead up work, meetings, myriad of phone calls, early morning live radio interviews and press briefings?
In a word....nope!
But I will be putting on my publicity hat again for the South Coast Wine Show that takes place in early 2010.