Locals gathered in the Main Street of McLaren Vale last month to celebrate the 2017 Bushing King and Queen.
This year’s royalty were Kay Brothers winemakers Duncan Kennedy and Elspeth Kay, who were named winemakers of the year at the McLaren Vale Wine Show last October.
In line with tradition, the pair participated in a ceremony to lay their paver on Friday, February 23 at 10.30am.
An initiative by the McLaren Vale Business and Tourism Association back in 2000, the Bushing King and Queen Walk was established to acknowledge the winners of this prestigious award for the region.
The Walk is the only physical record of the winemakers that have won the award since its inception in 1973.
Back then, David and Helen Hardy were crowned McLaren Vale’s first ever Bushing King and Queen.
The history of past winners was researched by Malcolm Harrington back in 1999 and initial funding was provided by the City of Onkaparinga and the Federal Government as part of the Bicentennial celebrations.
Each year, the McLaren Vale Business and Tourism Association has arranged the engraving and invited the Bushing King and Queen to take part in the laying of the paver.
The tradition was established to to commemorate and celebrate the winemakers’ success with the community.