Music fills Langhorne Creek for fifth Handpicked Festival at Lake Breeze Wines

EXCITED: Handpicked Festival organiser Kate Cooper is jumping for joy at the prospect of the fifth festival at Lake Breeze Wines this Saturday, November 10. Photo: Dani Brown.
EXCITED: Handpicked Festival organiser Kate Cooper is jumping for joy at the prospect of the fifth festival at Lake Breeze Wines this Saturday, November 10. Photo: Dani Brown.

The organiser of this Saturday’s Handpicked Festival at Lake Breeze Wines expects at least 5000 people to flock to Langhorne Creek for the event.

Kate Cooper, who started Handpicked in her grandfather Ken Follett’s “backyard” winery five years ago, is bursting at the seams with excitement over what she has prepared this time around.

It has grown exponentially since its inception, where 2000 people attended; this year’s capacity sits at 6000.

Ms Cooper said it will be like a fifth birthday party, and punters can expect a number of surprises both on stage and on the ground.

“It is my baby, so to see how it’s grown – it’s emotional,” she said.

“It brings so much joy, and my whole family is involved.”

This year’s event on November 10 is headlined by five-time ARIA Award winners Boy and Bear, with electro-pop siblings BROODS, indie fun-time band Ball Park Music, powerhouse Vera Blue, and rock goddess Alex Lahey rounding out the bigger name acts.

Joining them are local legends The Sundance Kids for a highly-anticipated reunion set, along with Neon Tetra, Ollie English and Laura Hill.

While there are some huge names on the music lineup, Ms Cooper said Handpicked is not just about the tunes.

It is a showcase of SA produce including Lake Breeze Wines, local food trucks, and a diverse range of local arts, crafts, jewellery and home wares at The Lane.

“It's an all ages event that comes with more than just music; Handpicked has everything,” Ms Cooper said.

“It’s become bigger than Ben Hurr. It’s cool that we get to push local produce.

“Fifth birthday parties are always so exciting. For me, it’s the celebration of bringing people to our backyard, showcasing my family’s winery, and enjoying world class music.”

A new viewing area has been announced: the Cellar Door Premium Space, which includes a double decker bus bar with roof top viewing, nestled amongst the hundred-year-old gum trees at the side of the stage.

An extra effort has been made to be more environmentally-friendly; instead of buying drinks in throw-away plastic cups, attendees can buy reusable keep cups for $3, and they can bring empty water bottles to refill at hydration stations for free.

Tickets from $79.95 can be bought at www.handpickedfestival.com, with premium options available.

There are camping options for those who do not want to drive after the event. There is space for up to 1000 campers in tents or ‘glamping’ set-ups in Tent City.

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