I WAS THERE | THE PENINSULA PICNIC 2016, 20.3.16
For the second year running, a sold out crowd flocked to the Mornington racecourse for The Peninsula Picnic, where the likes of Missy Higgins, Darren Middleton & Kim Churchill lead the music lineup and an array of local food and wine kept punters full in between. Ruby Whiting kicked things off early, as an eager crowd filled the grounds, well prepared for ‘wine o’clock’.
The complex oak flavours and well balanced acidity of Paringa Estate’s Pinot Gris allowed us to get our wine snob on and its oily texture matched perfectly with the charcuterie platter from the Pope Joan food stall. Geppetto NV Brut (really soft, creamy fruit flavours with a tangy citrus finish) and Circe’s delicious Pinot Noir were also some of our favourites for the day and paired well with a soothing, folk set from the Adelaide born, Timberwolf, who has been gathering an impressive bit of attention lately.
Powderfinger’s Darren Middleton eased the festival into the afternoon, while chunks of the enthusiastic crowd did the rounds for seconds and thirds and topped up their glasses under the Peninsula sun. While Powderfinger may be over, Middleton has been busy writing and recording a chunk of new material that will be released as an EP, following his impressive album, Splinters. Looking forward to seeing him with the full band very soon.
One-man band, Kim Churchill kept the crowd grooving and the girls swooning, as the sun gradually died down in preparation for headliner, Missy Higgins, to bring the festival to a close. Despite being on the quieter side of the music scene lately, Higgins’ dazzling performance proved why her and her band are such a loveable bunch and a string of new songs and sing-a-longs made her performance the perfect closer to yet another successful Peninsula Picnic.
The crowd was a melting pot of picnic rugs and toddlers intermingling with oversized fedoras and Brunswick beard scene and together it has made for one of the best festival atmospheres doing the rounds. Less ‘y back’ singlets, more single vineyard vintage Pinot Noir please. Already salivating for next year’s event.
By resident sophisticates, Joel Rowe & Megan McKenry
Header photo credited to Peninsula Picnic