The Renmark Rose Festival began in 1994 and has grown into a 10 day event with an array of open gardens spread out across the Riverland. In Renmark alone there are 51 garden beds and the Council tends too some 3,500 rose bushes!
There is more to the Festival than just roses, it’s a chance to celebrate the diversity of Riverland produce and a great time to visit local attractions.
So if you are staying with us at The Frames between the 20th to 29th October, here are our top 5 picks to experiencing the Rose Festival
Visit an Open Garden
The Riverland public open up their gardens for you to wander through. With gardens in Renmark, Loxton, Berri, Winkie, Glossop and Monash you can gain inspiration for your own home, or simply admire the dedication and care invested in these homes.
Browse the festival opening fair
The official opening of the Festival occurs on Saturday 21st 9am-2pm at the Jarrett Memorial Gardens in Renmark. The Festival Fair is a market of sorts with local art, produce and plants on offer along with local entertainment. So visit the Arrosto Coffee stall and slowly browse the market, soaking up Riverland culture.
Sip Rose Vodka
The 23rd Street Distillery has created a vodka infused with the intense red petals of the ‘Mr Lincoln’ rose in partnership with the iconic, Ruston’s Roses. You can try the boutique spirit at the Distillery which is open daily for tours and tastings. Plus, if you are guest of The Frames, you can enjoy this complimentary, just ask us how.
Uncover local history
Take a historical walk along Renmark’s river frontage with local historian Heather on Monday 23rd October. Starting at 9.30am this 2 hour walk will uncover stories of the paddle steam era and inception of irrigation in South Australia. Also hear the stories of the characters that help shaped Renmark and the Riverland as you see if today.
Dine on the Murray River
The Renmark Rose Festival “23rd Street Distillery” Gala Dinner marks the final days of the annual festival. Set on the banks of the Murray River, spectacular evening river views are the backdrop to a night of local food and wine. Held on Saturday the 28th of October, dinner attendees enjoy a 2 course dinner and live entertainment. It is at this Gala Dinner where the Renmark Rose Festival Ambassador winner is announced, a program that supports the development of the entrants and strengthening the community.