Childers Fes­ti­val gets ready to pop

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By MELINDA BRAD­FORD

DROP IN: Hill of Prom­ise wine maker Terry Byrne is look­ing for­ward to be­ing part of thisweek­end’s Childers Fes­ti­val.

LO­CAL winer­ies have been us­ing the Childers Fes­ti­val as a plat­form to show­case their wares, and this year is no ex­cep­tion.

Terry and Mary Byrne, own­ers and oper­a­tors of Hill of Prom­ise-Win­ery and Cel­lar Door, have been a part of the fes­ti­val for the past 14 years, and say they wouldn’t miss it.

Mr and Mrs Byrne de­scribed the fes­ti­val as pro­vid­ing an in­valu­able “meet­ing of the wa­ters”.

“It gives an op­por­tu­nity to show­case our beau­ti­ful area, what is hap­pen­ing here, what we have to of­fer in a car­ni­val at­mos­phere – blessed by mag­nif­i­cent weather,” Mr Byrne said.

“It brings a plethora of mu­sic, food, wine and crafts to the area for all to en­joy – lo­cals and vis­i­tors alike.

“For us it is an op­por­tu­nity to show­case our wines, our cot­tages and our­selves. People can talk to the wine-mak­ing team be­hind the brand and learn about the prod­uct – lo­cal, bou­tique, im­bued with the his­tory of a fam­ily and the district.”

This year the lo­cal wine mak­ers will use the fes­ti­val as an op­por­tu­nity to launch two “new ba­bies” – a new sparkling va­ri­ety, and an ad­di­tion to their liqueur range.

Vint­ner’s Se­cret Vine­yard will also make an­other ap­pear­ance this year.

Co-owner Mar­i­anne Leth­bridge said it was an event not to be missed.

“It’s our big­gest out­reach to po­ten­tial clients,” she said.

“Where else do we get to talk to 5000 people about our busi­ness?”

She said the fes­ti­val was a “vi­tal gem” for the com­mu­nity.

“We’re very lucky we’ve got this fes­ti­val,” she said.

PHOTO: MIKE KNOTT BUN180714HLL3

PHOTO: MIKE KNOTT BUN180714HLL2

CHILDERS FES­TI­VAL: Hill of Prom­ise wine maker Terry Byrne with two of the prod­ucts from the dis­tillery.

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