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Head chef Marcus McCreight from Giovanni’s Restaurant in Mt Barker has worked closely with local farmers and growers to source the best seasonal ingredients for the extensive grazing menu. In the afternoon, the team from Giovanni’s will be loading up large rustic boards with a range of freshly baked wood-fired gourmet pizzas. For dessert guests will be lured by the ‘Sweet temptation in Eden’. The menu will be complemented by an extensive range of wines from Langhorne Creek Vignerons, and beers from one of the club’s longest serving sponsors, Lion Nathan. There is a designated wine area where the wineries offer tastings and sales by the bottle or glass.

The format hasn’t changed very much over the years, according to Ack. It’s a family day out – there are pony rides, an animal nursery and a bouncy castle for the kids. Music, plenty of local wine and food for the adults – and of course the chance to cheer on the horses.

‘The Race Day has certainly given us more of a profile’, says Ack’s wife Jenny. ‘Everyone works incredibly well together. Even just locally in the regions around the Hills; it gives us a chance to showcase the wines – particularly for the small producers who don’t have a cellar door like us.’ The Vercos used to showcase their Howlin’ Gale wines, but now they prefer to just enjoy the day out. Tickets to Eden are $180 for the Langhorne Creek Vignerons’ Day and include food, beverages, a race book, bus transport from Adelaide and entry on the day. General admission is $20. Go to www.strathracing.com.au for more information and bookings.

Previous page: ‘Little Adam’, winner of the 2012 Vignerons’ Cup. Photo by Atkins Photography. This page: Punters take in the sun, food and local wines between races.

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