2021 Program

Saturday 15 May 2021

Please see each event for booking details.

Gunfire Breakfast & Opening of the Flowers of Wartime Exhibition

8.30am: Coonawarra Penola RSL – 22 Young Street, Penola
Exhibition all weekend
Walk-In – $5 Breakfast

Many flowers and plants have been used around the World during and after wartime as a symbolic means of remembrance, honour and bereavement. Artisans include Hennie Hitch, Lois Hodge, Fleur Harlock, Jo Dixon, Nicole Johnson, Pam Crouch, Andy Clifford, David Johns, Valmai DeGaris. The RSL will be awash with colour.

Paint a Kookaburra with Cindy Cross
10am – 2pm: Parker Coonawarra Estate – 15688 Riddoch Hwy, Coonawarra
10am – 4pm: Ongoing exhibition for the month of May 2021
$145 – includes materials, lunch, wine
Book: or 08 8737 3525

Have a fabulous day out! Create a masterpiece of your own to take home, enjoy some fabulous homemade food and of course, delicious Parker wines.

Wander through the stunning Parker Coonawarra Estate cellar door, sample some of the delicious wines, and enjoy Cindy’s gorgeous paintings.

David Forsyth | Ki Ki Recycled Wireworks Gallery | Wine + Food + Art Relax and Recharge
10am – 5pm: DiGiorgio Family Wines – Riddoch Hwy, Coonawarra
Walk-in – FREE – Book: [email protected] – Slow cooked lamb pizzàiola 12pm-3pm

Relax and recharge with Rita DiGiorgio’s slow cooked lamb pizzàiola and a glass of wine. View original pieces handmade by David Forsyth of Ki Ki Recycled Wireworks Gallery from salvaged farm items.

Whimsical Water Colours with Julia Reader + Mrs Zema’s lunch
10.30-1.30pm: Zema Estate – 14944 Riddoch Highway, Coonawarra
$75 – Includes all materials, a glass of wine, Mrs Zema’s mouth-watering homemade lunch
Book: 08 8736 3219 or [email protected]

Join local artist Julia Reader as she teaches you how to create botanical inspired artwork as inspiration. We’ll be using a combination of water colours and inks to paint in a loose and flowing style. No experience necessary. Julia Reader is a Limestone Coast artist, inspired by the colours, shapes and textures of nature, especially Australian native flora and fauna.

“Maddening Self-Indulgent Crap” by Peter Goers
“A Book of Ideas” by Archer & Trevor

11am-12.30pm: Guy Detot’s Le Max Gallery – 29 Young Street Penola
FREE includes gin tasting
Book here | Sponsored Festival Events

Join us for the launch of Archer & Trevor’s “A Book of Ideas” and Peter Goers for signings of his recently released book “Maddening Self-Indulgent Crap”, with songs and gin tastings.

Sponsors: Guy Detot, St Mary’s Wines & Spirits, Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival.

Bellwether Wines – CW Stoneking and Kelly Menhennett

From 12pm: Bellwether Wines – 14183 Riddoch Highway, Coonawarra
$65 Adults, $50 Children – Glass of wine included – Pre-order food by 10 May 2021
Book here | Bellwether Wines

A bit like Bellwether – CW Stoneking’s style is an eclectic mix – a powerful storyteller, drenched in humour and the talent to knit so many elements of music together. He interprets music from across the globe through the lens of the Australian landscape.

Joined by one of the Art Festival’s favourite returning artists, Kelly Menhennett.

Cushion Making with Suzie Kidman
1pm – 4.30pm: The CWA Hall – Young St, Penola
$50 – Pattern & light refreshments included – Sewing machine essential            
[email protected] or 0417 817 955

Learn how to make a 45cm x 45cm cushion with a zip closure and optional piping. With these skills freshening up your decor becomes a breeze!

Peter Goers – Joyful Strains

2pm-3pm: Penola Bowls Club – Queen Street, Penola
$25 Adults – Drinks and nibbles for sale
Book here | Peter Goers | Penola Bowling Club

Let’s hear it for a ‘joyful strain’. Particularly in the morning! The Great Goers, raconteur and Adelaide Fringe Award winner returns for an outing of his gags, yarns and pathos particularly for old people. Peter Goers presents the Evening Show on 891 ABC Radio across South Australia, having worked in show business all his life in one form or another – from theatre, directing to acting. He is devoted to his country listeners and has recently launched his book “Self-Indulgent Maddening Crap”.

Tombstones & Tales – presented by The National Trust Penola Branch
2pm-4pm: Penola South Cemetery – Greenrise, Riddoch Hwy, Penola
Book: call 0427 372 687 – $5

Join a guided tour of the Penola cemerty and hear of the lives of Penola’s pioneers.

Abstract Beside the Vines Opening by Anne Miller

4pm-5pm: The Blok Coonawarra – 15535 Riddoch Highway, Coonawarra
10am-4pm: All weekend
FREE – Walk-in – Wine tasting

Opening of a new Art Exhibition which explores the myriad of colours reflected in the vines as they renew, mature and seasons change. Anne is a self-taught award winning artist having won the prestigious 2020 Biblio Art Prize. Abstract painting brings a new dimension combining technique and feeling.

Co-Opera – Hey Old Friends

7pm-10pm: Rymill Hall – McCorquindale Park, Cameron Street Penola
$50 includes a glass of fizz, BYO food and wine – no shared platters
Book here | Sponsored Festival Events

Opera favourites in a fun new cabaret style show, with the opportunity to share a drink and a chat after with the artists. Formed in 1990, Co-Opera is Australia’s busiest and oldest touring Opera company.

Sponsors: Cuvee-Co Wines, Coonawarra Units, Wattle Range Council, Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival.

Coonawarra Vignerons Shenanigans

7pm-late: Coonawarra Hall – Memorial Drive, Coonawarra
$35 (reserve bus each way $5 + dinner by Simon Bowen of Pipers of Penola $15-25 + wine, beer and drinks sales)
Book here | Sponsored Festival Events 

Shenanigans is back and running and aren’t we all happy about that! A stellar line up with Kelly Menhennett, Archer, The Cartwheels, The Stokes and Zoe Fox. Book early. Don’t miss out.

Sponsors: Coonawarra Vignerons, Coonawarra Community Club, Davidson Cottage, Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival.

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