Get sipping in the Swan Valley - spring is in the air!
The grape vines are budding and it’s time to mark your calendars for the wine region’s most anticipated event of the season. Entwined is returning to the Swan Valley from October 6th to 8th 2023.
This year, the annual extravaganza is coming in hot with a sizzling program of events by the valley’s makers, growers and creators. They are throwing open their doors to greet guests for a weekend brimming with one-of-a-kind experiences, tours, long lunches, artisan markets, high teas and masterclasses to soak up the flavours, art and local culture of the Swan Valley.
The City of Swan Mayor, David Lucas, sums it up best: "With 40 unique events to choose from that aren’t available every day, the Swan Valley will be buzzing over the Entwined weekend." With tailor-made events popping up, Entwined is designed for visitors to relish foodie experiences, unleash their inner artists, and create memories that will linger long after the last glass is raised.
How will you get Entwined?
Culinary Escapades Await
Your taste buds are in for an adventure through the finest flavours of the Swan Valley. Whether you're a gourmet guru or wine aficionado, there's something for every palate. The Entwined festivities kick off on Friday evening with The Henley Brook Local Legends Cook-Off. In a culinary showdown of epic proportions, local Swan Valley kitchen legends battle to create the most flavoursome dishes. Who will be victorious? Free entry, food and drink are available to purchase.
Friday October 6th. 4pm to 10pm.
Sittella’s celebrated Head Chef Mike Price has created a delicious brunch menu, paired with four multi-regional Sittella Wines hand-picked by winemaker Yuri Berns.
Saturday October 7th. 9.30am to 11.30am. $60pp.
Grab your friends and savour a leisurely lakeside lunch by the vines. Oakover Grounds’ Long Table Lunch by the Lake promises to be a generous share-style lunch, with good times over amazing Oakover wines and live music.
Sunday October 8th. 12 to 4pm. $75pp.
Celebrate Harris Organic Wine and Spirits’ 25th anniversary with a very special gourmet six-course Case Buyers Lunch in their underground cellar. The lazy lunch includes organic wine pairing and entertainment.
Sunday October 8th. 12 to 2.30pm. $139pp.
And that's just the tip of the foodie iceberg! For more see the full event program.
Get Arty at Entwined
Unleash your creative genius at one of Entwined's artistic soirées. There are pottery workshops, plus paint and sip classes – creativity has never been this intoxicating.
At the “Aboriginal Art and Bush Tucker Sundowner” held at Mandoon Estate’s Maalinup Aboriginal Gallery, you can craft your own masterpiece inspired by the vibrant world of Aboriginal art. Bushtucker snacks and Mandoon Estate wines are included.
Saturday October 7th. 5pm to 7.30pm. $99pp.
Get ready to get hands-on with the art of pinch pottery at Twin Hill Wines. Guided by experts, you’ll craft beautiful bowls adorned with grapevine leaf prints. Savour a complimentary glass of vino, and gourmet grazing boards while you bring your creative vision to life – no prior pottery skills needed!
Sunday October 8th. 11am to 2pm. $95pp.
Show off your creative side at Black Swan Winery and Restaurant, enjoying sips from a wine glass in one hand, while creating art with a paintbrush in the other. Choose your own painting adventure, for all skill levels, with several different paint and sip workshops held over the Entwined weekend.
October 6: $90, October 7: $105, October 8: $120
Family Fun in the Swan Valley
The festival isn't just for grown-ups; it's a family fiesta! Round up the squad for the unique new “Kangaroo Safari” at The Vines Resort, where golf course greens meet kangaroo scenes.
Saturday October 7th. 4.30pm to 5.30pm. $39pp adults and children 4 years and up. 3 years and under free.
Roll up your sleeves and dive into the Mondo Nougat “Mystery Masterclass”. You'll mix, match, and master the art of nougat flavour creation with Australian native, Swan Valley, and classic ingredients.
Saturday October 7th. 10am to 11.30am. $65pp adults, $55pp children aged 8 to 17 years.
Join a fun “Bee Safari” at The House of Honey. Tour the hives, extract honey, take a peek inside a working hive and pour your very own special jar of WA honey to take home. This buzzing experience is for adults and children aged 14 and up.
Sunday October 8th. 9am to 12pm. $120pp adults and children aged 14 to 17 years.
Raise a Glass to Learning
Sharpen your budding beverage knowledge with a wine, cider or spirits masterclass. Ever dreamt of crafting your own unique blend of fortified wine? At the Talijancich Wines “Secrets to Fortified Wine”, winemaker James Talijancich is giving you the keys to the cellar! Discover all about blending individual vintages and bottle your very own personalised wine.
Saturday October 7th. 10.30am to 12pm. $75pp.
If gin is your jam, the “Sinful Gin Distilling Masterclass” at Swan Settlers Market’s Sin Gin will turn you into a gin whisperer. Pick a master distiller’s brain to create your own uniquely flavoured 500ml bottle of gin to take home. Cheers to that!
Saturday October 7th. 10am to 1pm. $150pp.
Wonder how to create your very own craft cider concoction? Soak up the knowledge at Funk 2.0 by Funk Cider’s “Craft Cider Alchemist Workshop”. Blend, taste and take home a squealer of your cider creation.
Saturday October 7th. 11am to 12pm, $45pp.
Take a look around where the magic happens on a brewery tour at Valley Social. Their “Brewery, Beer and Bao” is the perfect opportunity to taste Valley Social boutique beers, Herbee signature cocktails and tasty fried chicken bao, with a gander around the valley’s newest brewery.
Saturday October 7th. 11am to 3pm (on the half hour). $29pp.
Decadent Degustation Dinners
For those with a taste for the finer things, Entwined is plating up a delectable array of degustation dinners that will make your taste buds dance. At the twilight “Vineyard Walk and Degustation Dinner” at Upper Reach Winery, every morsel by Head Chef Ryan Fels promises to be a masterpiece made of local produce.
Saturday October 7th. 5pm to 10pm. $150pp.
The indulgent five-course “1840 Degustation Dinner” at Sandalford includes matching wines from the family-owned winery’s Swan Valley 1840 collection. A range which showcases the glorious old vines at the Caversham estate.
Saturday October 7th. 6pm to 10.30pm. $185pp.
Tickets for Entwined in the Swan Valley events are selling faster than you can say "food and beverage adventure". Enjoy a spring weekend outdoors with friends, immersed in the flavours, creativity, and revelry of the Swan Valley. Get Entwined this October – an unforgettable weekend awaits!
For more event information and to book tickets, visit entwinedinthevalley.com.au
Amanda Carlin is a food and travel writer with a big love of Perth. Besides eating her way all around WA, she counts Formula One and collecting vinyl as two of her passions. As well as creating her own blog, Simply PERTHfect , Amanda writes for Perth newspapers, plus online food, family and travel publications.