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Bound For South Australia – Barossa Vintage Festival Scarecrow Trail

I’ve just returned from my fifth Vintage Festival in the Barossa Valley. An event that celebrates the end of the vintage in one of Australia’s premiere wine growing regions. After hard months of tending the vines and harvesting, the community is ready to open a bottle of wine or two and let down their hair.

The Vintage Festival is a mix of events that allows wineries to showcase the best of their wines as well the Valley enjoying a broad range of community activities. There are several winery lunches and dinners, local history tours, craft shows and musical soirees. The festival has evolved over the years but one tradition remains a constant. The Scarecrow Competition.

Barossa Scarecow Trail

And what a competition!  Families and community groups, vineyards and farms, local businesses and services all enter into the spirit of the event, populating the Valley with a crazy array of characters. With old clothes, odd hats, racy underwear and straw sticking out all over the place, the Valley comes alive with scarecrows that turn up in the most unexpected places.

There are scarecrow families that spring up in fields, vitner scarecrows that appear at cellar doors and scarecrows on porches and front yards dotted throughout the towns. If there’s a common theme, I’d suggest it’s the wine glasses and bottles clutched in many gloved hands. There are prizes to be had but for most, it’s just a chance to enter into the fun and celebrate the end of vintage. Here’s a litle video I made of some of the locals…

If you do visit during The Vintage Festival, drop into the visitor’s centre at Tanunda to grab a copy of the Scarecrow Trail guide so you can meet some of the friendly locals on your travels.

I am participating in the Weekly Postcard Link Up run by Selim’s Raasta. Pop on over to see this travel crazy family.

The Selim Family Raasta
12 comments… add one
  • Jan Rhoades June 7, 2015, 9:00 am

    Good fun. Do you know which one won?

    • Fiona Ryan June 12, 2015, 1:00 pm

      No – I’m unsure. There was also a fantastic couple of Minions but I couldn’t get a photo.

  • Joanne T Ferguson June 7, 2015, 4:22 pm

    This is such a fun Festival Fiona and cannot believe you were in my neck of the woods and did not contact me! Perhaps next year! 🙂

    • Fiona Ryan June 12, 2015, 1:00 pm

      We come every 2 years Joanne. I promise to look you up next time as one every other visit (so 4 years) we stay for some extra time in SA. xxx

  • Tandy | Lavender and Lime June 8, 2015, 4:51 pm

    we have some interesting scarecrows that could have entered the Scarecrow Competition 🙂

  • sherry from sherrys pickings June 13, 2015, 10:30 am

    i love scarecrows. aren’t they cute? is it maleny or kenilworth that has a festival too? they can be scary too of course. love your video.

    • Fiona Ryan June 13, 2015, 12:10 pm

      Oh – I didn’t know about that! Maybe I’ll become a scarecrow tracker.

  • Anda July 20, 2015, 5:44 pm

    Very nice event. I’d like to buy a scarecrow like that for Halloween.

    • Fiona Ryan July 21, 2015, 9:51 am

      Start making one now Anda! I’m only sorry I missed taking a photo of the pair of Minions. Thanks for visiting and taking the time to comment.

  • Paula McInerney July 20, 2015, 7:19 pm

    The Barossa Valley is an amazing place with a quirky sense of humour. Love the scarecrows.

    • Fiona Ryan July 21, 2015, 9:47 am

      Yes – the scarecrows are great fun, especially if you are travelling with kids. Of course the wine is divine! I have lots of posts about the Barossa as we travel there regularly. Thanks for visiting and taking the time to comment.

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