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first_imgYoung women are queuing up to become Harvest Fair Queen of Ballyshannon when the event returns this weekend after an 11-year-break.By last night more than 25 were entered for the contest in Dicey Reilly’s bar on Friday evening.Mai Kelly, one of the chief organisers, said: “That’s an outstanding entry, unbelievable.” She said she is extending the closing time for entries to 1 p.m. on Friday in case any other businesses or community groups wants to add to the nominations.The last Harvest Fair Queen, Linda Clarke – now Linda Gallagher – will crown the new queen after selection by a panel of judges headed by Ocean FM’s Paul Scanlon who will also be compere.All prospective queens are expected to be in Dicey’s by 8 pm. and selection will be at 9.30 p.m.As well as presenting the prizes at a glittering function on Saturday to all Harvest Fair winners, including successful people in the arts contest which had a massive entry at local schools, the Queen will also earn her own prize of a weekend with dinner for two at the Diamond Coast Hotel, Enniscrone, sponsored by Failte Ireland and a bouquet of flowers sponsored by Le Fleur. She will also have a beauty voucher from Martina at the Essence of Beauty, and a sash sponsored by Bernie and Martin McGrane.A unique essence of the returned Harvest Fair will be an exhibition of vintage bicycles and other artifacts from John F McGee in the Market Yard on Saturday between 2 pm and 7.30 p.m.An open-air Ceili, also on Saturday at the Bridge End with the Assaroe Cheili Band from 6 pm to 7. 30 pm will, if weather isn’t suitable, be moved into the marquee in the Market yard.On Friday afternoon there will be a special sale of furniture and bric a brac at the Thrift Shop, East Port, between 2pm. and 5 pm with lots of bargains.FANCY DRESS A Fancy Dress competition will be held in the Abbey Centre on Saturday from 2 p.m., with contests separated into one for the over-8s and one for the under-8s. Prizes are sponsored with €500 from Mohan’s Amusements who will be in the Market Yard all weekend. Further details can be had from Pauric Bromley at 087 2887459.ART COMPETITIONIt’s based on a harvest theme and prizes for this will also be sponsored by Mohan’s and entries will be on display in the Abbey Centre and at various places in town.HOME MADE PRODUCE MARKET This will be in the Market Yard marquee and will include baking, jams, vegetables, eggs, flowers, poultry, turf and other interesting home produce. Home-made crafts will be for sale. Participants should contact Billy Grimes at 086 8416476 or Brendan Gallagher at 086 8057947.SPONSORSThey include John Mohan, Failte Ireland NW, Mai Kelly Beauty and Hair Salon, Mr Gs, Frances McGinley, Ann Boyle’s Pharmacy, Ann McGowan, Atlantic View CDP, Nirvanna, Trisha’s Hair Salon, Le Fleur, Bernie and Martin McGrane.ENDITBATTLE AMONGST THE BEAUTIES AT THE BALLYSHANNON HARVEST FAIR was last modified: September 14th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Ballyshannon Harvest Fairlast_img read more

TripAdvisor uncovers Australias top wine tours and trends

first_imgTripAdvisor uncovers Australia’s top wine tours and trends TripAdvisor®, the travel planning and booking site, today unveiled Australia’s Top 10 wine tours, based on booking data from the past four seasons.The data, which dates back to 2015, has underlined some key trends in Australia’s contemporary wine-scene, including:Victoria is the country’s most popular state for a wine tour, with three entries in the Top 10But South Australia is home to Australia’s #1 most booked wine tour overallQueensland has emerged onto the wine-tour map for the first time, with the Mount Tamborine Wine and Winery Tour now amongst the top 10 booked tours in the countryNew South Wales, Western Australia and Tasmania are also represented With over 140,000 bookable tours and activities around the world on TripAdvisor Experiences, it’s a one-stop destination for planning all of your travel activities. From traditional sightseeing to food and wine tours, day trips, and local experiences, travellers can find it all on TripAdvisor Experiences.Top 10 Australian bookable winery tours for 20181. Small-Group Barossa Valley Food and Wine Tour, South AustraliaSpend a day in the Barossa Valley on this wine and food tour from Adelaide. Home to some of South Australia’s most renowned wineries, the region also produces countryside culinary delights like cider, baked goods and jam. Tour-goers will visit both big and small wineries, including TeAro Estate, for tastings of varietals like shiraz, plus check out local businesses like Maggie’s Farm Shop and enjoy a two-course lunch with wine at Lambert Estate. This tour is limited to 20 people with a guide, who shares information about winemaking in the region. From AUD $149.2. Mount Tamborine Wine and Winery Tour from Brisbane or the Gold Coast, QueenslandDiscover the boutique wineries of Mount Tamborine on a full-day tour from Brisbane or the Gold Coast. The wine-savvy guide takes you to some of Queensland’s best local wineries for tastings of award-winning wines and a gourmet two-course winery lunch. If the schedule allows, guests can stop to sample locally made liqueurs, spirits, cheese and fudge. Numbers are limited to 12 people on this small-group tour, which allows for a more intimate experience. From AUD $155.3. Swan Valley River Cruise and Wine Tasting Day Trip from Perth, Western AustraliaExplore the Swan Valley on two modes of transportation — river cruise and coach tour — during this full-day excursion from Perth. With all transportation provided, there’s no need to worry about a driver as attendees taste their way through the valley’s best vineyards, while sitting back and enjoying the scenery on a peaceful river cruise featuring morning tea. Guests are then transferred to a coach for wine, beer, and chocolate-tasting stops. From AUD $150.4. Moorilla Estate Winery Tour Including Wine Tasting, Lunch and Mona Admission, TasmaniaSpend the day at Moorilla Estate for a unique Tasmanian winery experience that includes world-class art. Guests start with a ferry ride and admission to MONA (the Museum of Old and New Art), known as much for its underground labyrinth-like architecture as for its art collection. Then enjoy a seasonal lunch, followed by a tasting and behind-the-scenes tour at Moorilla Estate, which has continued to make ‘best of’ lists since it opened in 2011. From AUD $165.5. Gourmet Vineyard Lunch and Yarra Valley Winery Tour from Melbourne, VictoriaDiscover the delicious wines and food of the Yarra Valley on a full-day tasting tour from Melbourne. Enjoy a guided tour of Domaine Chandon followed by a glass of wine and appetisers. Continue to De Bortoli Wines for further tastings, then enjoy a two-course lunch while taking in the Yarra Valley’s incredible views. Guests can also check out the grounds, shops and art exhibits at the wineries during their tour. From AUD $128.6. Small-Group Hunter Valley Wine and Cheese Tasting Tour from Sydney, New South WalesAn ideal tour for wine lovers and foodies, this tour allows guests to spend the day visiting boutique wineries, local cheese makers and learning about the Hunter Valley’s thriving food scene, while sampling up to 20 wine varieties. From AUD $145.7. Barossa Valley Wineries Tour with Tastings from Adelaide, South AustraliaThe Barossa Valley is one of the most popular wine-tasting destinations from Adelaide, and this tour covers lots of ground there, visiting four wineries in one day. Discover the secrets of Barossa Valley wine during guided tastings, savour a delicious winery lunch and visit attractions such as the Whispering Wall and Mengler Hill Lookout. From AUD $139.8. Yarra Valley Wineries and Puffing Billy Steam Train Tour from Melbourne, VictoriaEmbark on a full-day adventure through the forests, mountains, and vineyards of Victoria. Enjoy tea and birdwatching in the Dandenong Ranges, and cruise through a verdant landscape aboard the historic Puffing Billy steam train. Discover the vineyards of the Yarra Valley as you sample premium regional wines at wineries cellar-door tastings. Plus, upgrade to include a gourmet lunch with wine pairings. From AUD $175.9. Hunter Valley Gatherer’s Full-Day Food and Wine Tour, New South WalesDay-long winery excursions are more fun without having to worry about driving. Visit at least four wineries for tastings and a vineyard tour, plus stop at a craft brewery for good measure. Also, sit down to a vineyard picnic lunch and pair wines with local cheese, chocolate, olives, berries, and more. This tour includes hotel pick-up and drop-off. From AUD $175.10. Experience Yarra Valley: Beer, Cider, Wine and Food from Melbourne, VictoriaIndulge in the culinary delights of the Yarra Valley on this full-day food and wine tour. Learn about regional wines at two boutique wineries, and visit a local brewery to taste tap beer and cider kegs. Plus, satisfy your sweet tooth with samples of handmade chocolates and ice cream at the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice-Creamery. Passengers cruise through the beautiful valley aboard a mini-coach equipped with storage space for cooler boxes for any food and wine purchases along the way. From AUD $135.All prices accurate as of 29.11.18.Source = TripAdvisor®last_img read more