Arno Bay looks forward to long lunch event

CHEERS: Samara Turner outside Beer Garden Brewing, which will take part in the Tasting Arno event on February 27.
CHEERS: Samara Turner outside Beer Garden Brewing, which will take part in the Tasting Arno event on February 27.

A event will look to bring Arno Bay and Eyre Peninsula residents together through food and entertainment through the first 'Tasting Arno' event next month.

Tasting Arno will take place across Arno Bay on February 27 from 11am and will see a number of venues host food and live music.

A committee made up of Arno Bay locals has put the event together, one of which is Samara Turner who said the event was a way to bring the community together after several years of harsh conditions.

"A couple of us community members wanted to have something to bring everybody together after the last four years of drought so we wanted everyone to come together to have something to look forward to and we progressed from there," she said.

Miss Turner said the event was helped to come together thanks to grant funding from Primary Industries and Regions SA, Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal, Cleve District Council and Bendigo Bank.

The event will have a long lunch format with Arno Bay Yacht Club, Arno Bay Hall, Arno Bay Complex and Turnbull Park each to host part of the event which will include food and live music.

The Arno Bay New Year's Day Committee, Country Women's Association Arno Bay Branch and Arno Bay Sporting Association will cater at venues.

There will also be involvement from Port Lincoln brewing and wine businesses with Beer Garden Brewing, Boston Bay Wines and Lincoln Estate getting involved while Peter Teakle Wines will donate bottles of wine for the event.

A shuttle bus will also be available to take people to each venue.

Artists performing on the day include Joshy Willo, Rusty Bonnett, and Jemma Leonard.

Miss Turner said it was great to see so many people within the community, as well as outside Arno Bay getting behind the event.

"It's incredibly encouraging and extremely exciting to see so many people beyond Arno Bay coming to help and create a day out," she said.

Miss Turner said ticket sales continued to increase with about 160 sold since they went on sale in December.

She said tickets were $10 per adult and free for youth under 18-years-old.

"With the ticket you get a complimentary wine glass or stubby holder, an alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage voucher and a shuttle bus pass," she said.

"Initially there was a few people worried it wouldn't take off like it has but it's exciting to see it has taken off like this."

This story Uniting community with a taste of Arno first appeared on Port Lincoln Times.