Head to the Hills this Easter and join us for a bevy of treats - from decadent chocolate eggs made by our artisan chocolatiers to exciting events including the Oakbank Easter Racing Carnival.
OAKBANK EASTER RACING CARNIVAL
The historic Oakbank Racing Club (established circa 1876) around half an hour from Adelaide city hosts races just four times annually with the pinnacle event being the Oakbank Easter Racing Carnival, the world's biggest picnic race meeting - this year held on Easter Saturday 15 April and Easter Monday 17 April.
Oakbank Easter Racing Carnival, Oakbank Racing Club
The Easter Racing Carnival has been one of South Australia’s premier social and sporting occasions for almost 150 years, and the annual pilgrimage to the Adelaide Hills track is for many a family tradition that goes back generations. Uniquely among SA race courses, racegoers can bring their own picnics and barbeques, and by the time racing begins the car park is awash with marquees, tents and barbeques as families and friends soak up the unique country racing atmosphere.
A family-oriented event, the Easter Racing Carnival has plenty of activities and entertainment designed especially for kids, including rides and amusements, an animal petting zoo, face painting, roving entertainers and other activities.
2017 sees the introduction of The Back Paddock, a new food and drink precinct located behind the main grandstands that is open to all racegoers, with free admission. Featuring an array of premium food and drink marquees, stalls and pop-ups, punters will have a wide range of eating and drinking options to choose from in a high energy, carnival atmosphere.
Melba's Egg and Spoon Race at Oakbank Easter Racing Carnival
Kids will delight in the giant Easter egg hunt on Saturday and Monday with literally thousands of Melba's eggs to find - and don't miss Melba's Egg and Spoon Race on the Saturday.
Transfers are available with LinkSA from Adelaide, Glenelg, Murray Bridge and Nuriootpa (and places along the route) - see here for details. Transport and entry packages are available, and seats must be pre-booked.
Easter is the perfect time to visit the most decadent chocolatiers – they’ll be in full swing with delicious displays and some limited edition treats for you to take home!
Easter at Melba's Chocolates and Confectionery, Woodside
Melba's Chocolates and Confectionery in Woodside has a huge Eater range and will be open the entire Easter weekend (including Good Friday) 9am-4:30pm with special activities and treats for the whole family. See all the details here.
Red Cacao in Stirling and Chocolate @ No. 5 in Hahndorf are also brimming with all manner of delicious and beautifully presented Easter goodies - whatever you do make sure you allow time to stop for a coffee or hot chocolate (and perhaps a waffle).
Easter at Chocolate @ No. 5 in Hahndorf
Easter delights at Red Cacao in Stirling
MEADOWS EASTER FAIR
Held at the Meadows Memorial Hall in the beautiful southern Adelaide Hills, the Meadows Easter Fair is a showcase for craft, collectables, produce, plants, bulbs and more at around 100 stalls.
GERMAN EASTER TRADITIONS IN HAHNDORF
It has to be said that Germans really celebrate Easter well and where better to immerse yourself in those traditions than Hahndorf, less than half an hour up the freeway from Adelaide? Visit the Hahndorf Candlemaker to be enchanted by their intricate products, which include traditional German folk art and decorative wooden ornaments that the kids and whole family will love! For a taste of the German goodies, head to The German Pantry, a delicatessen home of all things German. Choose from a variety of their essential Easter supplies, such as chocolate eggs, egg dye and other wonderful decorating supplies for an afternoon of crafty fun. And as mentioned, be sure to drop in to Chocolate @ No. 5 for some Eater chocolate while you're in 'the village', and continue on to Beerenberg Farm where strawberry picking season continues (open all long weekend buy always check the patch is open on their website because sometimes they run low at busy times).
Traditional German Easter Folk Art, Hahndorf Candlemaker
WINERIES, CELLAR DOORS AND OTHER HIGHLIGHTS
If you like the idea of wine tasting or dining among the vines over the Easter period be sure to see the Adelaide Hills Wine Region website for list of Easter opening hours. On Good Friday head along to Diva at Dusk at Sinclair's Gully Winery when coloratura soprano Kathryn Snape returns with a new performance of arias and classics across the decades with songs from Broadway and some Easter religious favorites as well. Set against the haunting backdrop of the candlebarks, this promises to be a night to remember.
Glen Ewin Estate in Houghton in the beautiful northern Adelaide Hills is hosting a day of family fun on Easter Sunday with loads of activities for the kids, market stall food, Easter egg hunt and special adult cocktails for the parents! Get along betweeen 10am and 4pm and it's free entry - see details here.