Any event where the main focus is food and wine you can be sure that you might be about to put your body through a lot in the name of a good time. Everyone has their own strategy but I think these Survival Tips for the Riverland Wine & Food Festival will help you bounce into and out of one heck of a day in regional South Australia.
The Riverland Wine & Food Festival is not to be underestimated, yes we are the underdog wine region of South Australia, but heck, we are one region that knows how to fight back and to put on a bloody good show.
For one day, the Berri riverfront is transformed into one big pop up bar for all of our incredible beverages that are grown and made in the Riverland. I’m looking forward trying Dominic Wines wine-tails, SAMU wines Rosato and the tasting plates from 1802 Oyster Bar, all the way from Coffin Bay!
The Festival is great way to see the incredible diversity of the region with Jachmann Cider, The Arnold Brothers Lemon Cooler, craft brews from the Woolshed Brewery and the famous sangria from Caudo Vinyard all on show. With all that mixing of drinks, I know I will need a survival strategy and WATER is right at the top of my list, the rest is below!
So get ready to tag your best girl squad on Facebook, because Saturday 15 October you are all whipping out the fake tan, some fancy frocks (maybe skip the white frills) and heading to the Berri Riverfront for the Riverland’s version of Barossa Gourmet, Tasting Australia and Cellar Door Fest!
:: Day prep
To take your skin from ‘oh hell no’ to “what a glow”! I highly recommend EcoTan‘s invisible tan which you can pick up from Riverland Heath Food in Berri.
Find yourself a hat– any good boutique in Loxton will have something, and probably Jodie Lee’s in Berri and any surf store in Renmark or Waikerie . Not only do they protect your delicate skin from the sun’s harmful rays, but if you are trying not avoid ‘that’ person who you don’t want to talk to until you have had a Woolshed hard lemonade and a Caudo sangria, they are the best disguise. Team with oversized sunnies for full incognito effect.
We all know that self confidence ultimately comes from the mind and how we let our inner voices talk to yourself. In the lead up to a festival, don’t set silly weight loss goals eg I want to lose weight by Friday…..and it’s Wednesday.
Treat yo’self, get your nails painted here, there, or at home. Go for some sunny afternoon walks with your furry friend (steal one if you have to) or do Pilates here or here, even if it is just for 7 days, if you feel proud of yourself for doing it 7 days in a row, then you go girl!
Treat your body with respect and talk to yourself like you would your best friend. Oh and – Comparison is the Thief of Joy – so stop comparing yourself to others and leave room for self love.
:: Day of
Sunscreen is a tricky one to apply when you have had your make up done, no one wants to look like a panda that early in the day. So maybe grab yourself a great daily moisturiser sun lotion (I like Natio 50+SPF from Riverland Health Foods cos it smells good too) and rub that in before foundation and hopefully that will help ward off the 7 signs of aging- and a face as red as a baboons bum!
Before a game of netball, pre retirement, I would fuel up the energy stores with pasta the night before, muesli for breakfast and baked beans on toast for brunch (yep I took my netball seriously for an amateur). You need to fuel up just as well for full day festivals. So no, I don’t recommend a breakfast of red bull and air…have a banana or some eggs for freaks sake. Banana will increase your Vitamin B and eggs are natures protein!
Most of my life’s survival methods come from my Mum, like this next one…chewable berocca! No more do we have to wait around for the tablets to dissolve into water and then try and chug it all down to reap the benefits. Now we can carry a few chewable tablets in our purse and get a vitamin hit during the day to help maintain our body’s….whatever berocca does besides making your pee orange. I think they help with my hangover but who knows. Get them from Woolies.
Have you ever heard about the simple art of not giving a fuck? Well it’s a mantra I live by and at events where our enemy, comparison, comes along uninvited, it’s never a more important time to quit giving a crap about how much better her dress is than yours or that your hair didn’t curl the way you hoped it would. Stop filling your head worrying about what everyone else is doing and just do YOU! Trust me, it will be tonnes more fun.
:: Day after
If you can peel yourself off the couch, and I suggest you do, make sure you have these things close by
- lemon water
- comfy pants
- comfy shoes (feet may be sore if you wore heels)
- make up remover (I like the WotNot face wipes from, yep you guessed it Riverland Heath Food)
- someone to fill in the parts of yesterday you don’t remember
Get outside and either lie on a picnic rug with some salt & vinegar chips close by or go for a very slow stroll to the hot chip shop for hot chips and gravy, or a juice, maybe both.