The Program for Alfesta 2016 was…
Most Alfesta participants arrived on Thursday 24th March and there was an optional dinner available at The Barn. (This is a traditional Alfesta “optional extra”, which provides an easy way for participants to have dinner following a day of travelling – without searching in unfamiliar territory – and is a great way to start catching up with Alfisti from around the country.)
Alfesta 2016 officially commenced on the morning of Good Friday 25th March and concluded on the morning of Easter Monday 28th March. In between we had a program that provided a balance of scheduled events – some competitive, some social, but all fun-filled – and free time so participants can do their own thing as well.
Morning through to Lunch:
A Show’n’Shine at Mt Gambier’s Valley Lake Recreation Park, in the Crater Lakes tourist attraction: Lots of open space and something of interest other than the cars… and followed by lunch at the same spot.
Free Time. (There were plenty of suggestions to fill it!)
Dinner at The Barn Restaurant.
A short drive across the border (it’s a National event, don’t forget!) to Nelson, Victoria for a boat cruise on the Glenelg River, including morning tea.
Back into SA for lunch at a jolly nice seafront restaurant in the coastal town of Port Macdonnell… Yes, they have seafood, and other things as well.
(Because of the inter-state time change, people arrived at lunch at the same time that they left Nelson!)
Free Time. (There was plenty to do and see around here!)
Dinner at an Italian Restaurant in Mt Gambier. Transport by bus from and to The Barn.
The Ray Sharp Memorial Observation Run. Starting at The Barn and finishing in the historic town of Penola. And in between, ah-ha!
Just a short drive to lunch at the Katnook Estate winery in the heart of the world-famous Coonawarra wine region.
Free Time. What to do? Umm… where are we? Go and taste it!
The Gala Presentation Dinner in The Palais at The Barn. There was Music, there was Dancing, there were Prizes Presented… And there was much talking amongst ourselves. As always at these things!
Goodbyes until next time! Checkout at 10:00am.
Many people chose to stay on in the region for a while, or take some time on the way home to see some other parts of the Limestone Coast they may have missed in our time together.