This is a great weekend of activities in McLaren vale bringing together car and wine enthusiasts, The Vintage and Classic marks the end of vintage for the premium wine district.
Last year, an estimated 15 to 20 thousand spectators lined the Main Street of McLaren Vale to catch a glimpse of their favourite classic vehicle, or to cheer on a loved one participating in the spectacular parade.
Head down to the Vale on Saturday the 1st, stay over and enjoy the Vintage and Classic Charity Dinner which will be held at ‘Serafino’ McLaren Vale The dinner event starts at 6.30pm for 7.00pm.
This year’s guest will be World Acclaimed F1 racing champion Alan Jones. Dinner bookings are essential and will fill fast. Click here to book tickets for the dinner
This year’s Art Show will be at the McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Visitor Centre starting on March 23, through till April 9. The exhibition will see local artists' impressions with the Vintage and Classic theme.
On Sunday, April 2, the event will commence with the Grand Parade of 500 plus vehicles down the Main Street at 11am, encompassing vintage and classic cars, with classic aircraft flying overhead (weather permitting).
Drivers will then head out to participating wineries to display their vehicles for the afternoon, whilst picnicking and enjoying the facilities.
Join the cars and owners at the participating wineries and enjoy lunch with some of the special flavours that the area is well known for and enjoy the local wines.
The following wineries are participating this year:
Angove Wines - Chrysler
Doc Adams Wines - Falcon
Fox Creek Wines - Jaguar
Paxton Wines - Mustangs
Serafino Wines - Mazda MX5
Middlebrook - Vintage Trucks and Cadillac
Penny's Hill Wines - Rolls Royce and Bentley
Woodstock Wine Estate - Porsche and Volkswagen
Hastwell & Lightfoot - Triumph Sports, Mercedes, Riley, Bristol, Rover
Leconfield Wines - Corvettes, Chevrolet, Holden, Packard/Buick, T Model Fords
McLaren Vale Distillery - Nissan, Datsun, Zephyr, Zodiac
Hardy's Tintara - Fiat, Lancia, Puegot, Renault, Citroen, Volvo, Saab
Put this event in your diary and head to McLaren Vale for the weekend of 1/2 April 2017 and enjoy all the events going on at the Vintage and Classic 2017
Have a look at some of the other pages on my website for more information on the accommodation and experiences that your special person/couple will enjoy when staying at Mulberry Lodge.
Voucher valid for 2 people for the Garden Retreat Suite until 30th Sept 2017 but early booking recommended.
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T: 0424 825 965
From farm gates to cellar doors and hidden bars to extraordinary restaurants, prepare to immerse yourself in the best of South Australia’s culinary scene.
Within these pages you can journey from the remarkable restaurants in Adelaide to the world-renowned wineries and producers of the Barossa, McLaren Vale and Clare Valley.
For a complete culinary adventure, travel from the Southern Flinders Ranges all the way down to the Limestone Coast or across to the Eyre Peninsula, sampling an abundance of fresh produce on your way.
Best of all, you’ll be able to replicate your incredible dining experiences with a host of signature recipes to try at home!
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Delicious, healthy, and gluten free!
You know on those days when you look at the fruit bowl and there's 2 or 3 overripe bananas that no one wants to eat and you think Banana Loaf here we go again! Well this week I decided that I was bored of my usual recipes and started hunting for something a bit different and something a bit more healthy. I came across a cracker of a recipe on Taste.Com. The recipe uses coconut flour, coconut oil and coconut sugar, oats, flaxseed (which I actually omitted as I didn't have any) and I used cranberries in place of the goji berries. I was blown away with how healthy and delicious this loaf was. Make sure you use gluten free baking powder if you want the gluten free version. I'm sure you'll enjoy it. This link will take you to the recipe in Taste.Com or click on the button below to Print.
Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan forced. Grease and line the base and sides of a 7 x 22cm (base measurement)loaf pan, allowing the edges to overhang.
Combine 3 tsp of the oats, 2 tsp of the flaxseed and 1 tsp of the coconut sugar in a small bowl. Set aside. Use electric beaters to beat the coconut oil and remaining sugar in a bowl until pale and creamy. Beat in 1 egg and 1 tbsp of the coconut flour. Repeat with the remaining eggs and coconut flour until combined.
Add the almond meal, chopped cranberries or goji berries) baking powder, cinnamon, banana and remaining oats and flaxseed to the egg mixture and stir to combine. Spoon into prepared pan. Smooth the surface, then sprinkle with the reserved oat mixture.
Bake for 1 hour or until firm and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Cool in pan for 15 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Serve warm or at room temperature.
This is one of my favourite breakfasts to cook for our guests. A gourmet breakfast that's simple to prepare, looks beautiful, is very indulgent and not too filling, the perfect way to start your weekend stay at Mulberry Lodge. I use local free range eggs, rocket from the garden, our own potatoes in season, and I like to make make my own basil pesto when we have plenty of basil growing in the garden in summer. The potato rosti baskets can be frozen. If you intend to make a batch and freeze them then only cook for 25 minutes initially and then finish the cooking for about 15 minutes once thawed from the freezer.
Prep Time 20 mins (+10 minutes cooling time)
550g brushed Golden Delight potatoes, peeled, halved
125ml (1/2 Cup) water
2 tsp olive oil
Salt and Pepper
Vegetable oil, to shallow fry
1tbsp capers, rinsed and drained
1tbs white vinegar
4 free range eggs
60g of rocket leaves
300g of smoked salmon
Place the potato and water in microwave safe bowl. Cover with 2 layers of plastic wrap. Cook in microwave on high for 6 minutes or until the potato softens slightly. Drain. Set aside for 10 mins to cool.
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Preheat the oven to 160 degrees. Line baking trays with baking paper.
1 cup + 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/4 teaspoons crystal sea salt
1/2 cup + 3 1/2 tablespoons lightly packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup + 1 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar
11 tablespoons butter, room temperature
1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla paste (I used vanilla extract)
2 cups old-fashioned oats (do not use instant)
1 cup raisins
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the sugars until no lumps remain.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter on medium speed. Add the sugars and mix for 3-4 minutes until mixture is light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl. Add the egg and vanilla and mix on low until just combined (do not over mix). Again, scrape down the bowl again. Add the dry ingredients in two additions while mixing on low speed. Mix until just combined. Add the oats and let the stand mixer go around for about 10 revolutions to combine. Then add the raisins until they are just incorporated do not over mix. ( I sometimes also add 40g of chopped cranberries)
Refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes.
To make 6 large cookies, use an ice cream scoop and divide the dough into 6 equal portions. Roll them into balls and place 3 on a cookie sheet. To make smaller cookies, portion the dough into desired amount of equal pieces and roll them out.
Bake at 160 degrees for 21-23 minutes if you made 6 cookies. If you made 12 cookies, bake at 160 degrees for 18-20 minutes, adjust time accordingly.
Set the pans on a cooling rack for 5-10 minutes and then transfer the cookies to the rack to cool completely.
Makes 6 large cookies or 12 regular.
Makes 7 Cups
1 tsp black peppercorns
1 tsp star anise seeds
1 cinnamon stick
2 dried bay leaves crumbled
2 cups dry red wine
1.25Kg of whole sugar
2kg plums quartered and stoned
1/3 cup (80ml) of lemon juice
Enjoy on hot buttered toast - YUM!!
Hazel and husband Nik own and run Mulberry Lodge Country Retreat which is a beautiful and unique mud brick property in the McLaren Vale wine region of South Australia. It's our home and business and run as a hosted luxury, country escape for the discerning traveler. We aim to provide our guests with a wonderful relaxed and indulgent experience. Through the blog Hazel will be sharing information about regional food, including her own recipes, local wineries to visit, events, activities and experiences in the Fleurieu Peninsula and also South Australia.