Griffith Vintage Festival makes stunning return from hiatus

SADDLE UP: Megan Nunn, Elle Salvestro, Madi Sutcliffe, Elise Ceccato, Katrina Barbaro, Maddy Hannon and Melissa Sergi at the Griffith Vintage Festival.
SADDLE UP: Megan Nunn, Elle Salvestro, Madi Sutcliffe, Elise Ceccato, Katrina Barbaro, Maddy Hannon and Melissa Sergi at the Griffith Vintage Festival.

ONE of the Riverina’s most iconic – and most inebriating – festivals of yesteryear has made a stunning return.

The Griffith Vintage Festival was truly back from the dead at the weekend, as hundreds of people sipped wine under clear blue skies.

The sold out event, which was held in Griffith on Saturday after more than a decade’s absence, introduced a new generation to the region’s post-harvest celebration.  

Carrah Lymer, festival organiser, said, “back in the day, we had real leather lanyards and saddles to hold real glasses for the wine”.

In today’s heavily regulated times, Ms Lymer was able to at least re-create the memory of those heady days with rubber and plastic replicas. 

“Nobody wanted to leave at the end of the day,” she said.

The 800-plus crowd was predominately made up of those aged 18-35, who would have never attended a Vintage Festival in their lives.