A record 25,000-strong crowd enjoyed the four-day BankSA Sea and Vines Festival in McLaren Vale across the June long weekend.
‘We’re delighted to have, once again, played an integral part in bringing the world class wine and produce of the Fleurieu to the people of South Australia,’ said Nick Reade, Chief Executive of BankSA.
A team of more than 50 of the bank’s staff were on the ground for the weekend, helping out at the McLaren Vale Visitor Information Centre for De Lisio Wines, Paxton Wines, Maxwell Wines, Coriole, Oliver’s Taranga Vineyard, and at the new BankSA Garden Party venue in Willunga.
The family-friendly Monday program saw Digger the Wombat, the face of BankSA’s LittleSaver’s account, make several appearances. Patrons enjoyed a range of Digger games as well as the opportunity to cuddle small farm animals at selected cellar doors.
The BankSA Brigade welcomed bus-loads of wine-lovers on the busier Sunday. Bringing to life the bank’s ‘here to help’ service ethic, the Brigade distributed refresher towels and hand mirrors to patrons. These proved perfect companions to the sampling of the great wines and gourmet food on offer.
BankSA has been at the heart of the Sea & Vines Festival since 2007. Being the naming rights partner of the festival reflects its commitment to enhancing life in South Australia and supporting local businesses and communities.
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