I admire roses, but don’t have the dedication that my mother-in-law has in keeping them look, well, neat and pretty. In fact the icebergs we planted in the garden many moons ago have been neglected to a point that they now resemble Nicole Kidman’s hair in the 80s!
So why would someone who doesn’t give their roses the respect they deserve be interested in the Renmark Rose Festival? Because there is more in the program than just visiting open gardens and falling ill to serious garden envy from those with superior green thumbs! The Renmark Rose Festival runs from Friday 14-23 October with events happening all across the Riverland to celebrate the region’s diverse communities and of course, Roses!
From open gardens, a triathlon and high teas, there is something for everyone. So if you’re not necessarily into roses, here is my what to do at the Renmark Rose Festival for non rose enthusiasts list to help you get involved in one of the regions largest and best smelling festivals!
Check out the full program of events and open garden locations here
Official, not to miss, Events
What: Festival Fair & Official Opening @ Jarrett Memorial Gardens, Renmark
Do: Wander through the market stalls and hear the President of the World Rose Organisation, Kelvin Trimper open the Southern Hemisphere’s largest Rose event!
When: Saturday 15 9am-2pm
What: Gala Dinner @ Renmark Riverfront
Do: Find out first hand who will be crowned the Rose Queen or King and celebrate the amazing community fundraising efforts of the Rose Ambassadors!
When: Saturday 22 6:30pm
Food, Wine & Music
What: Chefs in the Garden @ Ben & Mel Wagnitz’s Garden
Do: Enjoy a lunch showcasing local produce amongst the garden, created by the Renmark Hotel Chefs
When: Thursday 20 12 noon
What: St Agnes Distillery Tours & tasting @ Angove’s Renmark
Do: Learn about how Brandy is distilled with a tour and straight brandy from the barrel
When: 11am Saturday October 15, Sunday October 16, Wednesday October 19, Saturday October 22
What: Afternoon at the Pike @ Pike River Luxury Villas
Do: Listen to music from locals, Alyssa Spilsbury & Chloe Warrick while you have a peak at the beautiful eco villas overlooking the Pike River.
When: Sunday 16 1-6pm
What: Chainsaw art by Tim Baulderstone @ Ruston’s Roses
Do: Watch Tim transform an old tree stump into a beautiful rose sculpture using a chainsaw!
When: Everyday 10:30-4pm
What: Ozone Layers | Video Pojection Mapping @ Murray Avenue Renmark
Do: Relax on the Renmark riverfront lawns and watch as the historic Ozone Theater is lit up like buildings of North Terrace during the Fringe Festival!
When: Every evening 8-9pm
What: PS Industry paddle steamer cruises
Do: Listen to the rhythmic churning of paddles while the PS Industry takes you for a cruise past one of the Riverland’s most iconic riverfront towns.
When: Saturday 16 & Sunday 17
What: Sunset Canoe Tours @ Renmark with Canoe the Riverland
Do: Experience the most magical time of a Riverland day in a uniquely Riverland way!
What: Riverland Triathlon Club’s “Rose Run” @ Renmark
Do: Take a jog of 5 or 10km along the riverfront and help support the Riverland Christmas appeal and your own health!
When: Sunday 23 9am start
Ready to do more than just stop and smell the roses? What will you do at the Renmark Rose Festival?