Childers Festival gets ready to pop
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.
CHILDERS FESTIVAL: Hill of Promise wine maker Terry Byrne with two of the products from the distillery.