Harvest Festival McLaren Vale
A good time was ripe for the picking at the 2014 Harvest Festival McLaren Vale on Saturday, 18th January.
Thousands came out to enjoy the fine weather and regional food, wine and beer.
Highlights of the day included a performance by Blues Legend Chris Finnen, cooking demonstrations by Cheong Lieu, and masterclasses in chocolate and beer matching, olives and olive oil and wine and beer. All conducted by local producers in the region.
For the third year in a row, the celebrity wine spitting competition was won by Leon Bignell, the Member for Mawson and Tourism & Sports Minister for South Australia. Second, for the second time in a row as local brewer Jeff Goodieson from Goodieson Brewery!
A special guest and participant in the celebrity challenge was legendary cycling commentator Phil Liggett, who was visiting the region as part of the Santos Tour Down Under.
In the Celebrity Pasta eating competition, it was Liberal candidate for Mawson, Stephen Annells who took out the top prize with The Times and On the Coast journalist Anthony Caggiano coming second.
$22,645 was raised for the McLaren Vale and Districts War Memorial Hospital, with a further $7,000 donated to local community groups such as Moana Surf Life Saving Club, Aldinga Bay Scouts, Willunga Lions and St Johns.
More images of the 2014 event can be viewed here