Thousands to Pour Into Unley for the Gourmet Gala Street Party
More than 20,000 food, music, fashion and cycling enthusiasts are set to descend on popular shopping and dining precinct King William Road for the Unley Gourmet Gala street party on Thursday, January 17.
Celebrating its 19th year in 2019, the Gala is the longest-running event presented in conjunction with the Santos Tour Down Under. This year’s street party will be held on the eve of the TDU Stage 4 from Unley to Campbelltown.
City of Unley Mayor Michael Hewitson AM said the Unley Gourmet Gala was a fabulous opportunity for local retailers and restaurants to showcase their products and amazing dining experiences.
In addition to more than 30 pop-up gourmet food and wine stalls, many of the street’s businesses will extend their opening hours as part of the free, family-friendly event.
“It will be an evening full of wonderful sounds, sights and delights with King William Road almost bursting at the seams from all the excitement and entertainment,” Mayor Hewitson said.
“The Gala is a fantastic celebration of our lively cycling culture, and its success over nearly two decades has made it a much-anticipated event. There’s a wonderful party atmosphere on the night and we encourage locals and visitors alike to revel in the electric atmosphere.”
Attendees can expect live music from local acts including Ollie English, Erin McKellar and Marcus Ryan – along with DJs and roving performers – all while sipping on a range of refreshing South Australian beverages including Beresford Wines and spirits from the 23rd Street Distillery and enjoying a smorgasbord of gourmet food offerings.
Fashion parades (at 6.15pm, 7.30pm and 8.45pm) will show off some of the City of Unley’s most iconic designers and boutiques, while other event highlights include free cooking demonstrations and children’s entertainment from DJ dance sensation Monski Mouse, courtesy of Flinders Private Hospital in their amazing free kids zone at the event. Families can relax and enjoy free craft, entertainment in a cool shady spot away from the hustle of the street.
In partnership with the Australian Migrant Resource Centre, the Gala will feature a World Music Stage with entertainment from a diverse line-up of international performers hailing everywhere from Africa and Greece to Pakistan, Lebanon and China.
The City of Unley is also teaming up with South Australian Youth Arts (SAYarts) to present a ‘teen takeover’ from 6pm to 7pm with young people featuring on all four stages – from slam poetry and a young fashion designer showcasing her wares to performances from local bands Malibu Drive and The Empty Threats.
The Unley Gourmet Gala will be held on Thursday January 17, from 5pm to 10.30pm. The race start for TDU Stage 4 on Friday January 18, will see the peloton head off from King William Road (near Opey Avenue) at 11am.
For more information, follow the Unley Gourmet Gala Facebook page.