June Long Weekend 2019

It's one of the biggest weekends on the Riverland calendar. With a plethora of events, things to do, see and taste, this June long weekend is a perfect chance for you to switch to Rivertime.

Barmera is bustling this weekend with the SA Country Music Festival and Barmera Sheep Dog Trials. 

Starting Thursday and continuing through to Sunday, you can watch clever sheep dogs work sheep through obstacles on the Barmera Oval. There will additional fun with parachute entertainment on Saturday afternoon, hot air ballon glow on Sunday night and the world famous Running of the Sheep in the Barmera Main street on Saturday morning.

The SA Country Music Festival is currently underway and will kick in to gear over the long weekend with a wide range of entertainers throughout various venues in the Riverland, talent quest and even a Ute Muster! You can also stroll the main street for local produce, crafts and food at the Barmera Main Street Markets on Sunday.

Head to 23rd Street Distillery on Saturday for 23rd Street Signature Gin tasting flights, gin cocktails, Competitions & prizes, distillery tours and live entertainment by local band One Fusion to celebrate World Gin Day! Can't make it Saturday? Not to worry. Kick the weekend off on Friday night at 'Distillery Night' with tunes by DJ Sarez, gourmet pizzas, regional share plates and gin cocktails flowing all night. The fun continues on Sunday with music by Soul Trader and Monday trading as usual.

Saturday in Waikerie is the Riverland West Citrus Fest! Enter citrus competitions, view citrus displays inside the Waikerie Institute, taste the many different citrus varieties in season, or enjoy a cup of freshly-squeezed orange juice. Shop at the retailers in the Waikerie CBD and see what the stall holders of the Waikerie Markets have on offer.

Curl up in front of the fire pit with something luscious from 919 Wines at Fire & Fortified on Saturday. Try their 2017 Shiraz, Organic Wine of the Year, popular Durif or a sweet and decadent Muscat. Keep warm with a hearty dish from Salt and Pepper Catering and tap your toes to the Irrepressible Mick Kelly. Make sure you rug up to soak up the outdoor atmosphere and book in to avoid disappointment!

Make it a tasting weekend and check out Mundoo Ridge Wines Cellar Door on Sunday. Purchase a platter and try out their red and fortified wines.

You can also pick up one of our River Taste Maps at local VIC's and other various locations thoughout the region or view the online version here.

To see the range of events happening in the Riverland this long weekend, check out our Riverland Event Calendar.

While you're out and about enjoying the winter long weekend in the Riverland, don't forget to take snaps of what you're up to! Destination Riverland are currently running a photo competition where we want you to share how you enjoy winter in the Riverland for your chance to WIN a Limited Edition Riverland Charcoal BBQ! See the full competition details here.

If you're looking to book a last minute Riverland trip, check out some of the great Hot Winter Deals for accomodation we have on offer here.

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