Ok, I know I know, we have only just begun September so why am I already banging on about next month? Because it’s Outrageous October in the Riverland! Move over Mad March…no one cares about you until February.
October…it’s a funny word don’t you think. I’m sure it has some completely logical meaning when you break it down and translate it from Latin. Actually, scrap that, I just googled ‘October’. In Latin ‘octo’ is eight and October was originally the eighth month of the Roman year. The numerical name simply stuck. Well that’s exciting! Not.
Anyhoo, the events littering next months calendar completely support my Outrageous October claim. Whether you are into roses, wine, food, the worlds craziest races or brandy, there is something for everyone.
If you aren’t a hot weather lover, than October is definitely when you should consider visiting the Riverland. The days are sunny but not hot enough to melt the bitumen under your feet.
Day light savings begins :: Saturday October 2
It’s an event in my calendar because it’s my favourite day of the year! Fine, favourite day after Winter ends. Saturday the 2nd of October is when the early nightfall officially buggers off and leaves us in the light for a few more hours. More time for evening adventures like walking, boating, wining and dining!
Riverland Wine & Food Festival :: Saturday October 15
I am so excited about wine & food this year, not that I wasn’t excited last year to be serving Caudo Vineyard Sangria to the fun loving patrons, but this year I’m going for fun. Everything Riverland is at this festival with wines from Banrock Station, Dominic and Kingston Estate. There will also be brews from the Woolshed Brewery, Jachmann’s cider, the Arnold Brothers lemon cooler along with party favourite, Caudo Vineyard’s Sangria. I’m interested to see what culinary delights the Berri Hotel and Angus & Co deliver on the day, and you can never go wrong with Pete’s truffle oil pizzas!
P.S. keep an eye out on my Facebook and blog in the lead up to this event as I share with you the ultimate survival kit for the festival.
Renmark Rose Festival :: Friday 14- Sunday 23 October
Did you know that Australia’s National Collection of Roses makes its home at Rustons Roses in Renmark? Neither did I until I took more of an interest in the Riverland through starting this blog. That makes Renmark pretty much the Rose Capital of Australia and they sure know how to celebrate this accolade! The Renmark Rose Festival blooms over two weeks as 22 gardens across the Riverland will be open for public enjoyment. The Festival begins with a market fair, held on the river and each day there will be a local artist using a chainsaw to carve a gigantic rose from an old stump. Something I am looking forward to is seeing the old Ozone Theater lit up like North Terrace during the Fringe and seeing who will be crowned the Rose Queen or Rose King at the Gala Dinner on Saturday 22 October. Wow! So much happening in just 2 weeks!
Angove’s St Agnes Distillery Tours :: Running from Saturday 15 October until the end of time*!
I can’t say I’ve tasted much brandy but I’m excited about this none the less. Tours where you learn about a product and then get to taste said product are a great experience to have while travelling, and they are also educational! The St Agnes Distillery Tours runs every Saturday at 11am (bookings are a must!) and for $15pp you get a tour, barrel tasting and a taste of the St Agnes XO 15 year old brandy (the one in the really fancy bottle!).
Book or learn more by calling 08 8580 3148
*not confirmed with Angove Family Winemakers, the Distillery Tour may run until the end of time, but please check to avoid disappointment….if you are immortal of course.
Renmark Distillery :: open
Soooo the official opening of the Distillery is the 23 September, but I’m guessing it’s open all through October and since you will be in the Riverland experiencing all these other great things, you may as well stop in on your way past!
Loveday 350 :: Friday 28- Saturday 30 October
Similar to the Waikerie Off Road Enduro, the Loveday 350 sees the return of high powered off road buggies to the Riverland for wicked racing action. Held at Loveday 4×4 Park, this is a great event to pack up the camper van, kids, tents, goldfish, wife (optional) and stay the weekend at this fit for purpose property and watch the high flying, dirt spitting action that is off road racing!