I distinctly remember the day I began a self-imposed life ban on music festivals. Admittedly I’d never been a huge attendee, but I’d done my share of camping, donned both thongs and gumboots at the same event and discovered dust in places dust should never be. Somehow, none of that deterred me. I’m extremely uncomfortable in crowds at the best of times, so how I ended up in the ‘mosh pit’ at a key stage during Parklife is anyone’s guess. What tipped me over the edge was that during said mosh pit outing, I turned around to speak to a friend and instead discovered a full grown man wearing a Tigger suit humping my leg, moments before vomiting on himself.
Anyway, I digress. If you’ve been put off festivals in the past, or even if you’re just ready to move on to something a little more refined, South Australia’s Gorgeous Festival is for you. Located in the picturesque McLaren Vale, Gorgeous Festival is the antithesis of other festivals. Whilst the music lineup is top notch (this year boasts the likes of Lanie Lane, Steve Smyth and Eskimo Joe alongside festival favourite John Butler Trio), Gorgeous Festival is about so much more, incorporating gourmet food, premium wines and local art. Supplied by award-winning restaurants, menu items include freshly shucked oysters, Argentinian char-grilled beef ribs, duck fat hot chips and pulled-pork sandwiches. The food menu is coupled with a carefully edited selection of wines from the region, chosen by Gill Gordon-Smith (professional wine judge), Philip White (regional wine judge and writer) and Head Chef and owner of The Elbow Room, Nigel Rich.
If all that wasn’t enough… Gorgeous Festival also has a Gorgeous Creche, hosting little ones with a range of kid-appropriate festival activities.
For all this, I might actually lift my life ban.