2011 Whyalla Gift Carnival, Food & Wine Fair
15 Nov, 2011
An affair of food, family and fun
With the weather forecast to be 33 degrees for Saturday, November 19, this year's Gift Carnival is shaping up to be another fantastic
family day out.
Fine food, wine, entertainment and displays of athleticism will come together to form this event which is made even sweeter with free admission.
Highlights on the day will include a jumping castle, giant slide, face painting, temporary tattoos and a full program of running events.
Beginning from 2pm, people are invited to pack their picnic blankets and fold up chairs and head down to Bennett Oval early to watch our littlest athletes in action.
Enjoy a drink and a bite to eat, while the Little Athletics demonstrate their skills.
At 5pm the Athletics League will take to the field with a program of running events as a warm up to the King and Queen of the mountain title race.
With a total prize pool in excess of $15,000, these races will be something not to be missed as they are sure to attract a great display of athleticism.
As the night kicks on after the excitement of the running events, don't forget to pack a jacket so you can sit back and relax as the food and wine fair continues.
The fair will be a culinary delight with a smorgasbord of sweets and savouries from to tempt any taste.
A delicious array of seafood will be served up at the event or just relish in the traditional favourites of hot dogs, hot chips, yiros, donuts, candy or something from the barbie.
For the wine connoisseurs or those who revel in a good drop, Accolade Wines will be bringing Australian labels such as Hardys and Amberley Wines as well as New Zealand label Ta-Ku to the table.
If wine isn't for you don't fret as there will also be beer, spirits, cider, soft drinks as well as tea, coffee and slushies available for purchase.
Match your drinks with some tasty nibbles with roasted nuts, cheese plates, smoked Vienna, pickled onions and mettwurst making the perfect accompaniments.
BHP Billiton are once again pleased to be the naming rights sponsor of the Whyalla Gift for a third consecutive year.
“We recognise the important role that Whyalla and the Upper Spencer Gulf region play in supporting our Olympic Dam operations and envisage that, should the Olympic Dam Project proceed, this role will increase significantly,” a BHP Billiton spokesperson said.
“We also recognise the importance of strong communities and that events such as the Whyalla Gift help bring the local community together.”
BHP Billiton extends its best wishes for a safe and successful day to all competitors in the Whyalla Gift.
With a long list of other local businesses supporting this event to make it free to everyone, return the thanks by heading down and delighting in what is set to be an enjoyable and entertaining event.
A local's year to win mountain title
The King and Queen of the Mountain 6 kilometre Challenge is on again at this year’s Whyalla Gift Carnival.
The race which starts on Bennett Oval and snakes its way up the saddle of Mount Laura and then back to Bennett Oval is one of the toughest runs in the state but gains in popularity each year.
Starting at 6pm this year, the race will have a field of runners from both Whyalla and surrounding regions as well as Adelaide.
Las year’s King of the Mountain winner, Shane Thiele returns to defend his title as King of the Mountain.
In previous years, the race results have seen the King of The Mountain sash go to Adelaide runners but maybe this year a Whyalla runner will take the sash.
Race organiser Eddie Drew hopes that local runners will figure strongly in the placings this year and encourages them to enter.
“A number of locals seem to be preparing well for the challenge of the mountain run,” Mr Drew said.
If the racing form on Sundays’ beach runs at the foreshore is anything to go by then those running strong on the uphill section of the race will be a good indicator of who will be the winner.
Young guns Daniel Kriticos, Aiden Tonks and Michael Rogers are in with a chance to win the Under 18 section of this race, with strong senior Troy Brougham looking strong and well prepared.
Again the danger of the visiting Adelaide runners cannot be underestimated.
Most of the South Australian Athletics League does their distance training in the foothills of Belair National Park.
This gives the runners endurance and strength which shows the race will be decided in the last kilometre or even on the last lap of Bennett oval.
The women’s event should also be a cracker of a race with promising Adelaide runners Melissa Lloyd, who won the Queen of the Mountain, and Tamsin McMahon, who placed second overall last year looking strong.
Local Whyalla Harriers runners Kelly Richards, Barbara Murphy, Tracy Ayling and Angie Smyth are fit and will leave nothing in the tank in their quest for the title of Queen of the Mountain.
Overall the event looks to be a great spectacle for those attending the Food and Wine Fair and only adds to the other Whyalla Gift races.
To all local runners this is an event not to be missed so get your entry forms in and take part in this exciting event- it’s definitely not too late to enter.
For those not content to just spectate, entry forms are available from the Events Whyalla Office, Desmond Jewelers in the City Plaza or by contacting Chris McCann 0427436355 or Eddie Drew 0417849602.
Something to suit everyone's taste
The 2011 Whyalla Gift Carnival and Food and Wine Fair will feature 19 food stalls this year including:
❚ Naturas Ice cream bar- Italian ice cream, sorbet, smoked viennas, milkshakes and soft drink
❚ Sweet & Sour Liquorice- Sweet and sour candy fruit liquorice straps
❚ Lions Hot Chip and Donut van
❚ Beer booth- Beer, spirits, cider, soft drink and stubby holders
❚ Coke Van- Soft drinks and water
❚ Hot Dog Van- Hot dogs
❚ Coffee n Cookies- Coffee, tea, slushies, cookies, muffins and soft drinks
❚ Accolade Wines & Watersedge Restaurant- Hardys, Ta-Ku and Amberley Wines as well as sushi rolls and cheese plates
❚ DJ’s Seafoods- Kalleske’s Mettwurst, GC’s Pickled Onions and cooked prawns
❚ Tumby Treasures- Gourmet Spices tastings and sales
❚ Stuart High School- Smoked Barramundi and Kingfish
❚ Tuner’s Oysters & Seafood- Oyster kebabs, oysters Kilpatrick and fresh oysters
❚ Squid Eat- Salt and pepper squid and honey and sesame prawn skewers
❚ Juvenile Diabetes- Chicken and lamb yiros
❚ RFDS BBQ- Snags, shaslick, steak and onions
❚ SA Nuts and Confectionary- Roasted nuts
As well as:
❚ Face Workz- Face painting and temporary tattoos
❚ Richard Storr- Inflatable castle and giant slide.
❚ Be Active- Be Active information stall
2pm to 10.30pm
Finest athletes head to Whyalla
The first big race of the new South Australian Athletic League season, the 120m Open Whyalla Gift has attracted a quality field.
Previous Bay Sheffield winner Andrew Steele, 2011 Burnie Gift winner Robbie James and past Whyalla Gift winner Dylan Hicks will all be hitting the track, eager to add another big race to their collection.
Last year’s 70m Novice winner Clint Tobin will also be looking to step up to the big league with entry into the Whyalla Gift this year.
Female competitors will race over 120 and 300 metres, with last year’s winner of the 120m race Ali Trewartha returning for another opportunity for glory.
Recent SA Athletic League Athlete of the year, Bay Sheffield winner and 2010 women’s Whyalla Gift runner up Tamara Dartnell will be hoping to perform better this year as will runners Lesley Tompson and Lauren Edwards who are keen to continue their good form.
Once again the middle distance runners are well catered for in Whyalla, with races over 300, 800 and 1600 metres.
The finals will be quality events with a number of Bay Sheffield sash winners competing, including Ben Crawford, Robert Killmier and
Christopher Ross, as well as in form runners James Cibich, Michael Nitschke and Ashley Brown.
There are a number of other activities which will attract local spectators including Little Athletic events and the 6km “King and Queen of the Mountain” fun run.
The popular food and wine festival will be held throughout the evening with a number of local businesses present to showcase their products.
One of SA’s top race callers, Terry McAuliffe, will be calling all the SA Athletic League action which commences at 5pm and runs through until after 9pm.
Entry is free so make sure to come down and support this event.
Events A full program of running events will take place from 5pm with the Whyalla Gift women’s finals at 7.20pm and the men’s finals at 7.40pm.
Whyalla Gift Carnival events
❚ BHP Billiton & Corporation of the City of Whyalla 120 Metre Whyalla Gift
❚ Telstra Shop Whyalla 120 Metre Women
❚ Mort Daly Running Foundation 120 Metre Under 20
❚ Veolia Environmental Services 70 Metre Novice
❚ Harsco Metals Australia 300 Metre Women
❚ Hotel Eyre 300 Metre Open
❚ Lion Club of Whyalla Mt Laura 800 Metre Open
❚ Tindall Gask Bentley 1600 Metre Open
❚ Events Whyalla 50 Metre Invitation sprint skins
❚ Transpacific Industries Group King of the Mountain
❚Whyalla News Queen of the Mountain
❚ Martelco Equipment Hire Baron of the Mountain
❚ Southern Cross Television Baroness of the Mountain