Gourmet grant awarded

Wine flowed at the 2018 Gourmet Weekend at Pindarie Wines.
Wine flowed at the 2018 Gourmet Weekend at Pindarie Wines.

Barossa Gourmet Festival will be able to build on the success of last year after recently securing a government grant supporting the 2019 event.

The grants, which were awarded to 30 regional events and festivals, are designed to contribute to event delivery, marketing and assist food and wine, cultural, artistic and sporting events.

Barossa Gourmet Weekend will be held on 6-8 September later this year.

Clare Gourmet Weekend was also a successful recipient of the grant scheme.

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, David Ridgway, said he was pleased to announce the 30 recipients of the 2019-20 Regional Events & Festivals Program (REFP) and the Community Events Development Fund (CEDF), with each sharing in $348,000 in total grant funding.

"We are delighted to be able to support and encourage some of our fantastic regional events and festivals which not only create enormous excitement and goodwill in a community but generate significant flow-on economic benefit and potential jobs growth,'' said Minister Ridgway.

"Tourism is a vital economic driver for regional South Australia."

"The regions account for a quarter of the state's population but generate nearly half of SA's tourism expenditure.

"Events and festivals are a wonderful way to enhance the tourism offering of a particular region and ensure positive economic benefit for local restaurants, motels, cafes and small retailers."

In 2019-20, 8 events have received funding through the CEDF and 22 have received sponsorships under the REFP.

For more information visit www.tourism.sa.gov.au