Croatian Wine Festival - 2023
Long table lunch
Sunday 8th October, Mandoon Estate
The Western Australian Croatian Chamber of Commerce was proud to hold its 2023 Croatian Wine Festival at Mandoon Estate, Western Australia. This event was a celebration of Croatian heritage wine makers within Western Australia contributing to the wine industry.
The ceremony was a moment of pride for the Croatian community, a testament to the resilience and creativity that had been injected into the Australian wine industry by individuals like Garbin and Katich. Applause echoed through the magnificent Mandoon venue, mingling with the clinking of wine glasses as the crowd supported the honorees.
The guests were treated to a gastronomic delight as lunch was served. The aroma of magnificent antipastos and spit-roasted lamb wafted through the air, teasing the taste buds and adding to the festive atmosphere. Roast vegetables, vibrant salads, and a medley of desserts adorned the tables, creating a feast fit for a celebration of this magnitude.
As guests indulged in the culinary offerings, the air became alive with the melodies of Croatian music. Vjeran Duplancic, accompanied by his daughter Helen, took stage, serenading the audience with an enchanting repertoire of traditional Croatian songs. The music resonated with the Split rich cultural heritage of the community, transporting attendees to the sun-drenched hills of Split, Croatian coast and the lively streets of Zagreb. The duo seamlessly blended their performance with original compositions from their latest CD release Contact the Chamber for Vjeran and Helen CD requests.
Vlado Piscetek - an inaugural member of the Chamber receiving his belated presentation.
Each note was a testament to the evolving nature of Croatian culture, a fusion of the old and the new. The crowd swayed to the rhythm, their hearts captivated by the music that encapsulated the spirit of Croatia. Vjeran Duplancic, with his soulful voice and daughter Helen, with her skilful accompaniment, created an ambience that transcended the surrounds of Mandoon Estate. Their performance was not merely entertainment; it was a celebration of identity, a bridge connecting the Croatian roots with the Australian soil on which the festival stood and across the Western Australia.
As the sun descended, casting a golden glow over the vineyards, the festival reached its crescendo. Hrvatska Folklorna Grupa Zagreb - sang and danced - performing traditional songs and dances to the amazement of the audience, bringing communities together to the colourful, skilful and precision dance performances. Glasses were raised, laughter echoed, and the tones of Croatian melodies lingered in the air.
The Croatian Wine Festival of 2023 at Mandoon Estate was not just an event; it was a celebration of the harmonious blend of tradition, innovation, and Croatian communities.
Attendees left carrying with them the lingering taste of amazing wines, the echo of music, and the memories of a sunlit day spent in the embrace of Croatian culture. Mandoon Estate stood as a testament to the enduring spirit of a community that has found its home in the heart of Western Australia for over 145 years.
WA Croatian Chamber of Commerce Wine Festival 2023 - @Perthect!