South Australia’s most anticipated music event of the spring, Handpicked Festival, will celebrate its fifth year this November. Garnering a reputation for bringing the nation’s leading musical acts to Langhorne Creek, the day-long event is set to deliver its biggest line up to date after record numbers swarmed the McLaren Vale location last year.
For the uninitiated, Handpicked is a boutique festival pairing Australia’s top musical acts with a complete sensory experience of the region’s impressive food and wine offerings, gorgeous scenery and local artisans.
“I always want people to close their eyes and imagine being hidden amongst the vineyard and gum trees where you can dance barefoot, enjoy slow living vibes and authentic experiences,” explains Handpicked organiser, Kate Cooper.
“Stretch out on your picnic blanket over lush lawns, sip on local, family produced Lake Breeze Wines, meander through the lane for handmade goods and enjoy delicious regional produce,” she continues. “All this while enjoying the excitement that comes from hearing the familiar tunes of top musicians just metres away.”
This year’s set list doesn’t disappoint. Headed by five-time ARIA Award winners, Boy and Bear, Handpicked boasts the indie folk-rock band’s only tour date of 2018. They’ll be joined by the distinctive indie pop-rock sound of festival favourites, Ball Park Music.
But that’s not all, electro-pop sibling duo, BROODS will also hit the stage, accompanied by Vera Blue’s powerhouse vocals and Triple J favourite Alex Lahey.
And with a line-up this good comes a whole lot of dancing. Fuel your boogie and sway with a collection of South Australian food trucks, handpicked to satiate even the hungriest of dance-fuelled appetites.
Tuck into handmade veggie goodness from Let Them Eat, enjoy vegan Greek eats from Staazi and Co or load up on carbs with The Pasta Guy. Local food truck faves, Squid Inc and Clark Street Catering will also be on hand, ensuring an array of options to suit all tastes.
Cool off from the springtime sun with icy refreshments by PōPSI COOL or wash it all down with some of the region’s best drops. Quench your thirst at The Barrel Bar, doubled in size and staff from last year’s event. And in an environmentally charged move, The Barrel Bar is breaking the festival mould, ditching single-use plastic cups in favour of a reusable and recyclable solution, Globelets.
The Cocktail Forest will also return, serving up wine cocktails from a new and improved twelve-metre bar and staffed by the team from Port Lincoln’s Rogue and Rascal.
“You can expect a delicious Vermentino surprise, rosé delight and something special with our famous Lake Breeze red wines,” Kate says.
Rounding out the Handpicked experience, a selection of local market vendors from across the Fleurieu Region will converge at The Lane with a range of arts, crafts, festival-wear and homewares in tow.
Get festival ready with the bustling marketplace of florals and flower crowns from Adelaideup, vintage fashion from Second Hand Loves Byron Bay and swirling henna art from Henna by Laura.
“I wanted to recreate those lost days of fossicking through markets and finding hidden gems of locally sourced items, where you can meet the makers, hear their stories, touch, try and smell,” Kate says.
WHERE? Lake Breeze Wines, 319 Step Road, Langhorne Creek
WHEN? 10 NOV 2018
TICKETS: $89.95 + bf here
FULL LINE UP:
BOY AND BEAR
BALL PARK MUSIC
THE SUNDANCE KIDS