Three events to share in a grant

Patrons enjoying the sun at 2015's Blenheim Festival, just one of three festivals to benefit from a grant from the state government.
Patrons enjoying the sun at 2015's Blenheim Festival, just one of three festivals to benefit from a grant from the state government.

Three festivals in the Clare Valley are set to be boosted as they receive a share in funding from the state government.

Blenheim Music and Camping Festival, Clare Classic and Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend will share $404,000 along with 36 other culinary, sporting and arts festivals and events across SA.

Tourism Minister Leon Bignell said the festivals were important in maintaining tourism numbers.

“Community events and festivals are extremely important to towns and regions throughout South Australia,” he said.

“They are terrific at boosting community spirit in the local area and also bringing important tourism dollars to them.

“These grants will assist in attracting more visitors to Clare Valley and provide an increased opportunity for locals to showcase what the region has to offer.”

Mr Bignell praised the efforts of the festivals organisers for adding to the draw of the Mid North, in particular the Gourmet Weekend event.

”Visitors to Blenheim, Clare Classic and Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend inject a significant amount of tourism expenditure into the local economy and we want to continue to generate benefit for the region.

“The Clare Valley Gourmet weekend has helped put South Australia on the map as a Great Wine Capital network member, attracting crowds of more than 6,500 and offering unique experiences.”

The Clare Valley is regarded as a growing tourism hot spot for both interstate and international visitors.

It is estimated that 169,000 tourists visited the region for the 12 months up until March this year.