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The Barossa Festival 2009 - Part 3

Angaston Town Day
April 15th, 2009

If there is one event of the festival that I could highly recommend thus far it is Angaston's Town Day. Angaston is a smallish South Australian country town that, in my opinion, is one of the most scenic and attractive. Located, seemingly part way up a hill, it has a good cross section of history, historic architecture and Shady trees/spots (a real asset to any spectator event).

Importantly, the Angaston community knows how to put on a town day that is what it should be - jam packed with plenty to do and/or see.

The main street was blocked off for the event and was filled with demonstrations and stalls including Yarn Spinning, a man making wooden rocking horses, stone crushing, wine barrel making, local produce stalls, main stage and more.

The highlight of the day were three heats of the Barossa grape stomping competition held right in the middle of the main street where you couldn't miss it (see photo, top right).

Further up the street the local blacksmith (which you can visit any time and is home to The Upsetting Machine) was in full swing with demonstrations.

Rose and I visited Angaston several times back when she came over in 2007 so, for us, no trip is complete without lunch at our favorite spot, The Roaring 40's Cafe. Since our last visit the cafe was acknowledged with an award for making the best home made pizza's in Australia (2008). We didn't have pizza but I had a very yummy Turkey Burger in Damper bread.

Along one side of the main street we came across this rather interesting, fake bronze, sculpture of a man with a cart horse (see photo). Neither of us were sure why it was there but it was doing a great job of blocking the driveway and several people felt a need to have their photo taken with it.

To finish off our day we browsed a community art exhibition in the Church Hall followed by a wander around the Angaston Town Hall where there were more local art and craft displays - including one man's giant collection of toy fire trucks.

Although the two of us spent most of the day at Angaston we didn't get chance to see everything. With several tourist attractions (Such as the Angas Park Sweet shop and a Gourmet Cheese Shop - and don't forget The Lego Man) that you can visit almost any time, Rose and I will almost certainly visit Angaston again before she heads back to Western Australia.

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