The historic Kegel Club in Tanunda set the perfect scene to welcome the newest faces of the 2019 Barossa Vintage Festival Young Ambassador Program last week.
This next crop of eager leaders from across the region will help lift the profile of Barossa’s biennial festival, run since 1947.
On Tuesday, August 28, the 11 females and one male were introduced to key event festival organisers who support the spectacular street parade, the return of the vintage ball and popular Zigenmarkt
All ambassadors will be encouraged to work alongside the organisers to make the event a truly colourful and engaging festival for visitors locally, nationally and internationally.
The Young Ambassador program, now in its 20th year, identifies and raises the profile of future community leaders, while acknowledging that young people play an important role in the community and are essential for the future of the Barossa’s vibrant wine, food, cultural and tourism industries.
The 12 Young Ambassadors for 2019 are:
- Daisy Press, Greenock
- Madeleine Hopgood, Lyndoch
- Kaitlyn Viergever, Tanunda
- Emily Schmidt, Nuriootpa
- Brittany Sheene, Tanunda
- Melissa Helyar, Moculta
- Lauren Hutton, Tanunda
- Claudia Fechner, Penrice
- Jordan Pridham, Angaston
- Maegan Klingner, Tanunda
- Kate Graves, Rowland Flat
- Rheanne Mann, Roseworthy
The young people will spend the next eight months working on their own individual projects, participate in training and networking activities and be involved in planning and promotion of key Barossa Vintage Festival events.
During the Festival, one Young Ambassador will be awarded as the Barossa Young Ambassador and carry that title until the 2021 Barossa Vintage Festival.
Tourism Barossa regional tourism manager Cathy Wills and Vintage Festival director Jenny O’Brien, Vintage congratulated the latest bunch.
“We are fortunate once again to have a really strong group of participants who are already great role models and ambassadors for our region,” Ms Wills said.
“This program not only provides opportunities for young people to be involved in the Barossa Vintage Festival at a grassroots level, but it also has the potential to open many doors in the future as a result of mentoring and networking opportunities created through this program.”
2017 Barossa Vintage Festival winner and Barossa ambassador Nicola Biagi shared how she looks forward to working with the passionate group.
“This year we are particularly excited to be able to share the journey of the young ambassadors via social media,” she said.
“This will provide the community with a real insight into the program and the role the young ambassadors will play in the lead up and during the Barossa Vintage Festival, as well as being a great online promotion for the region, particularly in the younger demographic.”
With the group about to head out and be involved in the community and learning about the region, Ms Biagi is encouraging the community to make them feel welcome and support them where possible.
“They will be getting involved in the community and learning about the Barossa over the next couple months so if you see them around, make them feel welcome.
“This really is a great program. It raises the profile of our region’s future leaders while also promoting and benefiting the region at the same time!”
The Young Ambassador program is supported by Peter Lehmann Wines and Seppeltsfield.