Come home to Nuriootpa

Festivities: Maypole dancing during the Barossa Vintage Festival in 1971. Photo: State Library of SA, B-53407-46.
Festivities: Maypole dancing during the Barossa Vintage Festival in 1971. Photo: State Library of SA, B-53407-46.

To celebrate 70 years of the Barossa Vintage Festival, this year’s Barossa Comes Home event will focus on the traditions locals have grown to love.

The community event, presented by the Nuriootpa Futures Association, will begin after the festival parade on Saturday, April 22.

NFA member Kathryn Schilling is encouraging families to come along to the Nuriootpa Oval and take advantage of the free day out.

“There’s something for everybody,” she said.

“We’ve got a Youth Zone—an area where they’re going to have a Facebook and Instagram photo booth.

“We’re having the old-fashioned games for the children, there’s grape treading and barrel rolling.

“They’re the things that people love to watch and love to get involved in, so it’s about keeping those traditions alive.”

While the turnout will depend on the weather, organisers estimate the number of attendees could reach 5000 people.

Featuring local food, wine and entertainment, Ms Schilling says that Barossa Comes Home is about celebrating the end of the vintage.

“Historically, Nuriootpa’s always been the town where you partied in the street,” she said.

“It’s all about a big, local celebration.”