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Following the success of the Winter Bites Festival in Tumbarumba in early June, our neighbours in the Snowy Valleys will be back with round two, this time in Adelong.

Taking place at Adelong Showgrounds from 12-6pm on Saturday July 17, the festival will celebrate the region’s delicious local produce and beverages with a fantastic music line-up.

Headlining the event is Australian country music legend, Kasey Chambers, whose beautiful voice will fill the winter air of this heritage gateway nestled on the banks of Adelong Creek.

Much-loved favourites from albums like “The Captain” and “Barricades and Brickwalls” will be on the set list, as well as newer material too.

Supporting her is Tamworth-born musician, Charlie Collins, whose album “Snowpine” was nominated for Best Country Album at the 2019 ARIA awards and won the Best Independent Country Album award at last year’s AIR Awards.

The third and final stop on the Winter Bites Festival event trail is the Batlow Showgrounds on Saturday August 28 from 12-6pm.

Set amongst lush green pastures, panoramic vistas of orchards and grazing country, this stunning township will celebrate its renowned apples, as well as their chestnuts, hazelnuts, truffles, waratahs and more.

Adding to the festivities, more than 30 local businesses, community groups and producers across the three towns will take turns hosting fringe events, food and wine tastings, workshops, farm tours and cooking demonstrations.

After a tumultuous eighteen months following the catastrophic 2019/2020 fire season which tore through 45 percent of the Snowy Valleys LGA and the quick succession of COVID-19 border restrictions, Snowy Valleys’ Executive Director of Community & Corporate, Paul Holton, hopes the event will play a large role in the region’s ongoing recovery efforts, by injecting more than $700K into the local economy. 

“In what has been a devastating year for regional tourism due to bushfires and COVID-19 restrictions, Winter Bites is a way to reboot our local food, hospitality and tourism sector,” Mr Holton said. 

“We know our produce is regarded as some of the best in the state and now we will have the opportunity to come together and celebrate what we do best.” 

The Winter Bites Festival is being supported by Destination Riverina Murray and funding through the Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery (RTBR) Grants.

The events are ticketed so make sure you grab yours, bring along your best beanie and get set for some delicious food and beverages and an incredible winter afternoon. For further details and to book tickets, visit www.winterbites.com.au

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    June 2021
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