On Saturday 3 November, the vineyards of Simon Hackett Winery in McLaren Vale were lit up by endless twinkling fairy lights as it played host to Moon Dance Festival.
Hosted by the brilliant minds behind Summercrawl who also brought Day Dance Festival to the same winery back in March, Moon Dance Festival was an evening of food, dancing and plenty of wine enjoyed by one and all!
On-stage entertainment was aplenty, consisting of a series of dj’s providing all the throwbacks and top 40 hits. The festivities commenced at 4pm with ‘Under the Sun’, dance music for all those lovers of disco, funk, house and alternative. From 8pm till midnight, ‘Under the Moon’ took over with all the dance, RnB, electropop, future bass and rap songs to get everyone up off their feet.
According to GlamAdelaide, the Summercrawl team envisioned Moon Dance Festival to be a super fun party that 1) doesn’t break the bank, and 2) never has any lines for the bar or bathroom. And boy, did they definitely deliver on their promises! Although line-ups for the toilets weren’t particularly great (but that’s to be expected at any event these days), you never had to wait long at the wine bar to be served.
A large wine bar with three tills served up all the white, sparking and red wines you could possibly ask for. Our favourite was the Simon Hackett Sauvignon Blanc white wine, which we bought an entire bottle of for only $35.
There was also an indoor Espresso Martini bar as well as a Gin & Tonic Bar serving up other alcoholic beverages for those craving a sip of something other than wine.
The entire event was single-use-plastic free, with all wine being served in polycarbonate reusable glasses for just $2 extra with your first wine purchase. Having the ‘Moon Dance’ brand printed on the front, these little beauties made for cute keepsakes to take home as a souvenir.
Two food trucks provided all the savoury chips, sandwiches and toasties to pair perfectly with the flowing vino. The only thing missing was a food truck offering dessert options, but maybe that’s just my sweet tooth showing!
Flat Iron Toastie Shop had three different varieties of toasted sandwiches available, with gluten-free bread also available on their menu. The vegetarian option of the ‘Mushie Melt’ came with thyme-marinated mushrooms and their signature three cheese blend for $10. And for the toastie traditionalists, the ‘Classic’ came with a three cheese blend and pickles for $8. Sides of beer-battered fries were also available for only $4 extra. Waiting times weren’t an issue at all, as I only had to wait five minutes to receive my toastie during peak dinner hour.
We tried the ‘Bacon Man’ toastie for $10, which came with bacon, caramelised onion, a blend of three cheeses, rocket and mayo on freshly toasted thick-cut bread. Although there was a bit of an overload on the rocket, the bacon was cooked to perfection – not too cripsy yet not undercooked. I also added a side of fries for $4, and was pleasantly surprised to receive a decent side serving of beer-battered thick-cut fries. Overall, these toasties came with the cheese perfectly melted and bread impeccably crunchy!
Chimichurri Grill specialise in mobile gourmet Argentinian food and served up a variety of rolls, burgers, chips and salads. We tried their Chimi Beef Roll for $15 which came with rocket, provolone cheese, roasted capsicum, mayo and their signature chimichurri sauce on an Argentinian-style roll, as well as a serving of beer-battered chips on the side. The line-up for this food truck was significantly longer, although we didn’t have to wait much longer than five minutes to receive our meal cooked and prepared fresh.
For all those saving their pennies and hoping not to break the bank, the event allowed guests to BYO food – whether it was a picnic basket filled with goodies, or homemade cheese platters with meats, fruits and crackers.
The Moon Dance wristband guests received upon entry was also valid for free entry to the official afterparty at Fat Controller so you could continue partying on in the city late into the night.
Simon Hackett Wines
Budgens Road, McLaren Vale
Phone: (08) 8323 7712
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