Hahndorf will again celebrate their rich linage of artisan culture, over a month-long festival in September called Hahndorf. Handmade. Handcrafted. Handpicked with more than 300 intimate events and experiences in and around the Main Street of the historic village.
Mikyla Gilbert, Marketing Manager of Hahndorf said the program this year was as rich and diverse as the traders in Hahndorf.
“This festival, in its second year provides a platform for locals to showcase their passion and dedication to their craft – whether that be making wine, gin or food, to creating art or simply igniting your curiosity to try something new.
“We wanted an event that invites the community back together, in a safe, but seriously fun and connected way. This is why all events are small and intimate,” said Gilbert.
The program is filled with bespoke experiences for all ages and tastes. Some of the highlights include:
Make your own personalised dog collar for your favourite furry friend; learn the delicious art of making the perfect paella; undertake a number of wine master classes – from tasting, to blending, to drinking and even sabrage (knocking the top of a Champagne bottle with a sword!); experience culinary workshops and events that celebrate everything from chocolate and cheese, through to a German beer and food masterclass; you can even hav dinner in a taxidermy den!
Join numerous historical and artistic workshops and talks; learn to make the perfect gin cocktail; make your own soap or face mask; cycle the Hahndorf wine & produce loop; learn how to arrange native flowers; or bring out your inner artist at The Cedars and be inspired by Hans and Nora Heysen or simply take a walk along the Main Street, soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the Pasteups Project about our hidden stories. There really is something for everyone!
The event concept was the brainchild of the Hahndorf Business & Tourism Association who wanted to re-introduce South Australians to the treasures of Hahndorf, which is only 15 minutes drive from the start of the freeway.
Chair of the Association, Jordana Ashcroft said that this was the perfect opportunity for the people of South Australia to rediscover the region.
“We hope people get involved and book tickets to the many events on offer, or simply soak up the atmosphere with a leisurely walk up the Main Street.
“Hahndorf has evolved into a true artisan village and I think many South Aussies may not be aware of the sheer depth and range of the talent and produce associated with our region. We are really excited to showcase what we can do, and look forward to welcoming the people of SA to our community,” she said.
Presented by The Advertiser, and supported by the South Australian Tourism Commission and the District Council of Mount Barker, the event starts on Tuesday 1 September and will run for the entire month of September. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, most of the event line up is ticketed irrelevant if the event is free or has a cost.
To see the full event line up and book tickets visit www.hahndorfhands.com.au
“Some events and experiences only happen once and some happen every day, but all events are small – so get in quick to avoid disappointment. Last year most events sold out!” said Mikyla Gilbert.